The South Platte River runs through Denver - for much of its length skirted on one or both sides by Interstate 25, other roads, and railways. The bike-jogging-walking trail running along lengthy (~30 miles) portions of it. It has diverse scenery, from grubby to very nice - all of it interesting to the visitor wanting a walk, or renting a bike, to see some of Denver's underbelly (and nice places). The Greenway has many pleasant features, including its access to several nice neighborhood features. The "not-always-so-Greenway" also has some less than pleasant features, mostly inherited from rough treatment of the river environment by "development" in the last two centuries. Thus the 3-star rating - an attempt to balance the damage done between ~1850 and ~1975, and the (on the whole) better treatment since about then.
The area has been described as a reclamation work-in-progress, even though work has been going on for several decades.
Many people love this area. And many more who see what it could be. It's already 5 stars for many (especially those who may live closer to it, so can use it every day for recreation or access). Many others hope that progress will continue, and that - one day - it will be 4 or 5 stars for them, also.
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