There are plenty of convenient places to store your luggage in Denver, from downtown to Lincoln street to Capitol Hill and Commons park. The cost is just US$6 per day, and check in time is just 3 minutes. So basically, in the same time it took to make that instant cup of Ramen before rushing to the airport, you can be in and out the door with no luggage to weigh you down.
The storage lockers were a “pilot,” the kind of small test that city government frequently uses to test a new or controversial idea. The city offered up the lockers for individuals to use for months-long stretches. At the time, city officials warned that “misuse of the lockers, vandalism, or other unanticipated results,” could force them to cancel the project.