"Every time you spend money shopping on the Internet, you aredepriving local merchants of a sale and you are depriving yourlocal municipalities of the necessary tax revenues to providecritical city services," he adds. "The fact of the matter is thatwe have fantastic retail stores and our local merchants offer greatbargains, more convenient return policies and overall, more choiceand flexibility in terms of products, sizes and customerservice."

Besides, Webb says, shopping in the city is more fun thancruising the Internet.

"It seems so much more appropriate during the holidays to letyour children enjoy the skating rink at Cherry Creek while youbrowse the books at the Tattered Cover (bookstore) or shop at theCherry Creek Mall," he notes. "You can take in the lights on the16th Street Mall on your way to Larimer Square or the ChriskindlMarket at the Downtown Pavilions."

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