In the days before inauguration day, the country saw worries that widespread unrest would mark the day Joe Biden was set to become president.
In Centennial, the day appeared to go off without a hitch: Joggers, children and other pedestrians could be seen on sidewalks, and neighborhood parkgoers appeared to be relaxing.
A roughly four-hour drive around Centennial's major roads — from the east end of the city to the west — showed no signs of protests or other unrest in the morning and afternoon on Jan. 20.
Colorado Community Media stopped to ask residents in the suburbs about their thoughts about the presidential transition on inauguration day. Here are some responses.
• Kristen Fatta, 27, of Parker, who was out to eat at Cornerstar Shopping Center in the east Centennial area:
I'm watching for how (Biden) handles other-country affairs. I know (the U.S. brokered peace deals) in the Middle East — we'll see if that holds.
I'm also looking to see on COVID how that will be handled.
For me being a woman, (Kamala Harris' vice presidency) has little to no effect on me. Her policies affect me as a gun owner.
I am proud we are seeing that progression in the world — I want to see if we see a woman president in our lifetime.
• Larry Wysocki, 67, of Denver, who sat at a picnic table at Arapahoe Road Trailhead near Jordan Road:
Biden's got his hands full because part of the Democrats are reasonable, and the other part are nutballs.
Taxes are going to go up, and we're going to waste a lot of money.
The important thing Donald Trump did, for all his obnoxiousness, is call China out … on trade, intellectual property theft. We should keep the pressure up on China.
I don't mind (Harris) — I just think she's a little too radical for me. She may be tempered by circumstance.
• Dominic Cain, 20, and Haley Leigvold, 21, who sat at The Streets at SouthGlenn:
Cain: I don't believe it'll make a difference for me personally … taxes will increase. My reaction (to Harris) is we're making history.
Leigvold: It's making history, and I feel like it'll be like she'll be a great role model for young females in the world.
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