At least that's the impression you get after reading his statements to the P-I's Casey McNerthney. Inman, along with wife Jill, operate the five Aurora Avenue hotels the city is currently angling to get shutdown. From the interview:
Is this what Dean Inman dreams?
The fact of the matter is that these building have been sold (usually out of desperation and/or under intense public pressure) for decades on a stretch of road that is virtually synonymous with crime. Without exception over time, the problems always return. I'm doing my best to stop this cycle permanently. I have been negotiating in good faith with the Prosecutors office and as always, will continue my cooperation with SPD. I believe we are very close to a deal that will not only immediately have a positive impact on the community, but also in the long term will have a dramatic and positive effect on Aurora and its surrounding communities. Unfortunately, if our negotiations fail, this cycle will continue on.
Alex Fryer, a spokesperson for Mayor Nickels office confirmed last week that the city is currently pursuing a settlement with the Inmans, but declined to provide details of the negotiations. Meanwhile, a vote on Tim Burgess' (seen above taking his wrath out on a defenseless tree) new nuisance property ordinance looms.