I’ve gotten a lot of calls from media worldwide are asking the same question over and over today: “What’s Aurora like?”
As someone who grew up in this suburb — the last stop east before Kansas City and little brother to Denver to the west — it’s an easy question to answer, this is what Aurora is like:
It’s a city of more than 300,000 people who likely would give everything they had to prevent what happened last night.
It’s a city that has more sunny days than Miami beach but would love to get rid of the black cloud hanging over the city right now.
It’s a city that hears the constant joke, “Well, it is Aurora,” but stopped laughing today.
It’s a city that more character than anywhere else I’ve ever lived, and still has unbelievable flaws.
It’s a city full of common sense, but struggles with senselessness.
It’s a blue-collar city that has done tragedy before and can’t believe it has to do it again.
Aurora isn’t like anywhere else I’ve ever been. That’s why I choose to be here, over and over again.