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Our members are local business and civic leaders dedicated to the success of Downtown Denver. They believe that the strength of a region depends on the success of its urban center. Our members recognize that the Downtown Denver Partnership is an organization where they can become informed on topics important to our center city, get connected to respected Downtown business leaders and be heard by getting engaging with one of the Partnership’s many committees and councils.

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Questions about membership? Email our Membership Team or call (303) 534-6161.

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Committees and Councils

Is there an area of our work that you’re particularly passionate about? Joining a committee or council could be the perfect way for you to engage in issues of importance to you and your company. Chaired by members just like you, our committees and councils span a broad range of topics and are open to members throughout the year.

Our current committee and council offerings are:

Downtown Denver Awards Jury
Evaluates nominees for the Downtown Denver Annual Awards and selects, based on defined criteria and through extensive deliberations, a distinguished group of winners who have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse Downtown environment.

Co-chairs: Wendy Williams, Vector Property Services & Marc Spritzer, CoBiz Financial
Meetings occur weekly from January–March.

Economic Development Council
Identifies, develops and facilitates the DDP’s role in city, regional and state economic development activities to enhance and maintain the economic vitality of Downtown Denver.

Chair: Kristin Bronson, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP
Staff Contact: Jim Kirchheimer, jkirchheimer@downtowndenver.com
Meetings occur on the fourth Thursday of the month, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Downtown Hospitality Committee
Provides an environment for members to share, leverage and implement cross-promotional strategies between restaurants, retail, lodging and attractions.

Chair: David Bolding, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Staff Contact: Jenny Starkey, jstarkey@downtowndenver.com
Meetings on the second Tuesday, bimonthly, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Member Experience Committee
Establishes strategies and policy recommendations to ensure that the DDP recruits and retains business members from diverse industries representing Downtown. The committee is also responsible for the review and analysis of member benefits and dues.

Chair: Marc Spritzer, CoBiz Financial
Staff Contact: Jim Kirchheimer, jkirchheimer@downtowndenver.com
Meetings occur on the first Thursday of the month, 8:00–9:00 a.m.

Transportation and Development Council
Promotes the coordination of land use and transportation in planning and development endeavors in Downtown. The committee also works to promote high quality, successful transit oriented development throughout Downtown.

Chair: Jennifer Johnson, Gensler
Staff Contact: Aylene McCallum,amccallum@downtowndenver.com
Meetings occur on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Retail Council
Pursues the goal of making Downtown Denver a metro and regional shopping destination by attracting national and first-to-market retailers to Downtown.

Chair: Joe Vostrejs, Larimer Associates
Staff Contact: Jim Kirchheimer, jkirchheimer@downtowndenver.com
Meetings occur on the second Tuesday, bimonthly, 12:00- 1:30 p.m.

To get involved in a committee or council, contact Bonnie Gross at 303.534.6161 or bgross@downtowndenver.com

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The 2014 Class Project is Tactical Urbanism: Transforming Spaces Into Places.

Guerrilla gardening. Pavement-to-parks. Open streets. These are all urban interventions, projects that make a space into a more lively and enjoyable place. The Leadership Program class will investigate how to transform shared spaces into functional and creative people-space.

Length of Program: February – October 2014

For questions or additional information, please contact Bonnie Gross, Member Relationship Specialist, at 303.534.6161 or bgross@downtowndenver.com.


About the Program

The Downtown Denver Leadership Program provides an intense immersion in urban issues, policies and practices through an annual project that challenges the participants’ ability to research, analyze and collaborate. Throughout the work on the project, participants are also challenged to set goals and enhance their skills as leaders.

Participants selected for the Downtown Denver Leadership Program represent a cross-section of metro-area employees and public, private and non-profit employers. Participants have demonstrated strong initiative and leadership skills in both their professional and personal lives. Participants form lasting connections, as evidenced by the many alumni groups that continue to meet socially and network online.

Past Projects/Reports

2013: Engaging the Next Generation of City Builders
2012: The Downtown Area Plan – Five Years Later
2011: Work Well, Live Well: Making Downtown Denver the Healthiest Workplace in America
2010: We Create Denver: Positioning Denver as the Creative Capital of the Rocky Mountain West
2009: The Space Between the Buildings: Activating Downtown’s Open Spaces
2008: Putting Our Best Foot Forward: Enhancing Downtown’s Pedestrian Environment
2007: Mission Possible: Greener Denver Businesses
2006: You Can Get There From Here! Solving Connectivity Issues Between Auraria & Downtown Denver
2005: Recruiting and Retaining the Best for DPS

Downtown Denver Leadership Program Trustees

2013: Dave Momper, Postmodern Company
2012: Brianna Borin, Snooze
2011: Chris Murray, Hogan Lovells
2010: Meredith Wenskoski, Design Workshop, Inc.
2009: Chris Geddes, StudioINSITE
2008: Megan Lane, Colorado Health Institute
2007: Jennifer Kaufman, US Bank
2006: Sydney Hamilton, RNL
2005: Laurel Kenny, Green Manning & Bunch
2004: Alan Robinson, FirstBank

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The alumni of the Downtown Denver Leadership Program are an exceptional group of professionals. More than 500 people have completed the program since it was founded in 2004, representing a highly-connected cross section of Denver-area business leaders.

The Downtown Denver Leadership Program Alumni Association is open to former Leadership Program participants and will include:

  • Annual events that are exclusively for Leadership Program alumni.
  • Relationship building and professional development opportunities to help foster an exclusive community of local business leaders.
  • Information sharing to help you stay connected to the Downtown Denver Partnership and the 500+ alumni who have completed the Leadership Program.

The organization will build community and foster professional development. The purpose is multifaceted:

  • To enhance the Leadership Program experience.
  • To build Leadership Program relationships and create an exclusive community of local business leaders.
  • To provide professional development opportunities for Leadership Program alumni.
  • To keep Leadership Program alumni connected to the DDP and the issues of the Downtown community through information sharing and engagement.
  • To utilize the skills and talents of alumni to help further the goals and influence of the DDP.

If you’re a graduate of the Downtown Denver Leadership Program, contact Bonnie Gross at 303.534.6161 or bgross@downtowndenver.com to learn how you can become engaged with the Alumni Association.

Stay Connected:

Alumni LinkedIn Group

Alumni Facebook Group

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The Downtown Denver Partnership organizes presentations to keep you up to speed on the topics that affect Downtown residents, businesses and visitors alike. These breakfast presentations are free for all Partnership members ($50 for non-members) and provide wonderful opportunities for members to connect with each other.

Upcoming Forums:

April Member Forum: A Look at Denver’s Downtown Development

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Thursday, April 17th
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout Street

Three developers will present details on their respective projects that are currently under construction and will illustrate how they will make Downtown Denver an even more vibrant and vital place. All attendees will receive a copy of the annual Downtown Denver Development Map, presented by Shaw Construction. The map showcases Downtown Denver’s development activity over the last five years, including projects currently under construction.

Developers:

  • Erik Hagevik, COO, Holland Development Colorado (Project: The Platform at Union Station)
  • Matt Frankiewicz, Senior Director, Development & Asset Management, White Lodging (Project: Hyatt House & Hyatt Place)
  • Matt Greenberg, Construction Manager, Hines (Project: 1601 Wewatta)

Please RSVP to info@downtowndenver.com by April 11th

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Downtown Denver Partnership’s Member Experience Events are a series of presentations, discussions and tours designed to bring our members together every month.  Each Member Experience Event is different, giving members the opportunity to learn something new, check out a different venue and connect with 40-50 Partnership members.

Previous events have examined the artistic and cultural scene in Downtown Denver, discussed the City’s culinary trends and explored LoDo’s rich history.  Events are free for all Partnership members.

Upcoming Events:


Denver Union Station Transit Center Tour

 DDP

Friday, April 18th
10:30-11:30AM
*Those on the tour must wear pants and closed-toe shoes.

Join the Downtown Denver Partnership for a private tour of the Denver Union Station Transit Center.  Jerry Nery, RTD Project Manager, and Tara Miller, FasTracks Public Information Specialist, will lead us on an hour-long tour of the new Union Station Bus Concourse.  We hope you can join us for this special opportunity to tour the Transit Center prior to the Grand Opening Ceremony & Celebration on May 9th.

This event has reached capacity. To add your name to the wait-list, please email Bonnie at bgross@downtowndenver.com.

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The Downtown Denver Partnership’s Lunch & Learn events provide new members, existing members and key member prospects the chance to learn about the Partnership’s work and how they can meaningfully contribute to the success of Downtown Denver. Lunch & Learn events are held quarterly at the Partnership’s office and include time to connect with members and staff as well as enjoy complimentary lunch.

The next Lunch & Learn is October 30th, 12:00-1:30PM.  For more information and to reserve your seat, please contact Bryan Lewis at blewis@downtowndenver.com or 303.534.6161.

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LiveDowntownDenver events are monthly presentations, tours and informative sessions on important topics related to residential development and urban living. Up to 40 members are invited to attend each month and have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters as well as network with Downtown Denver Partnership members.

The LiveDowntownDenver Council Presents: “AMLI Riverfront Park – A Tour of Central Platte Valley’s Newest Rental Community”

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Thursday, May 1st
3:30 p.m.
1900 Little Raven St., Denver, CO 80202

The Central Platte Valley has dramatically evolved over the past two decades into one of Downtown’s most sought after places to live. It’s newest residential community, AMLI at Riverfront Park, recently began welcoming its first new residents who are looking to live in a location that puts them in the middle of everything the urban core has to offer. Please join us on an in depth tour of this new multi-family project and learn about how it came to be, its design, and how it stands out in an increasingly competitive environment of new housing options. We hope you can join us! Space is limited so RSVP today.

To reserve your spot today, please email info@downtowndenver.com.

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The Rocky Mountain CitySummit (formerly known as the Urban Leadership Symposium) made its inaugural debut on November 9, 2010. Due to its overwhelming success, the Downtown Denver Partnership, with the help of generous sponsors, hosted its second Symposium in 2012 and its third on February 27, 2013.

We are pleased to announce that the fourth Rocky Mountain CitySummit will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, with a reception to follow.

The Rocky Mountain CitySummit is an invitation only, day-long event designed to bring elected officials, business executives and civic leaders from the eight Rocky Mountain States together to explore common challenges and opportunities that influence urban policy in the Rocky Mountain West region. The summit consists of a series of presentations and panels by inspiring experts to encourage innovation, engagement and collaboration.

Please visit the event website for more information at: www.rockymountaincitysummit.com

Event contact:

Brittany Morris Saunders
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.
bmsaunders@downtowndenver.com
303.534.8232

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About the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting, presented by Grant Thornton, is a way for Downtown Denver Partnership members, elected officials and other City leaders to gain a unique perspective on the things that make our urban center thrive. At this annual breakfast, we recognize the achievements made in the past year as well as announce the projects and initiatives that will continue to build our city over the coming years. It is also a time for the Partnership to introduce the new board officers and to honor our Volunteer Partners of the Year, as well as one member who will receive special recognition as an Honorary Partner.

 

    Presenting Sponsor                         Media Sponsor
Grant Thornton    Denver-Business-Journal-Logo-Avidea

 

When/Where:

The 2013 event will be held on Thursday, August 1 from 7:30–9 a.m., at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Coffee will be served in the foyer at 7 a.m.
Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.

Request for Nomination:

Nominations for the Downtown Denver Partnership Volunteer and Honorary Partners of the Year are now closed for 2013.

What:

Each year, members of the Partnership volunteer their time, energy and creative and professional talents to make Downtown Denver a better place to work, live and play. Our members devote countless hours to serve on committees, champion important Downtown issues and causes, coordinate events and donate their business expertise and resources to further the positive growth and development of our Downtown community.

Volunteer Partner of the Year: These notable volunteers must have made a special contribution during the period of July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013. Nominations are open to all Partnership members, not just board members or committee chairs. The nominee must have participated in and contributed significantly to the success of a Partnership program or project in one or more of the following areas: Advocacy, Marketing, Public Relations, Transportation Management, Economic Development, Housing, Festival and Events.

Honorary Partner Award: The Partnership established the Honorary Partner Award in 1995 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional long-term commitment to Downtown Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership. Nominees for the Honorary Partner Award must have been associated with the Partnership for a minimum of 10 years and have made contributions to the vibrancy, diversity and uniqueness of Downtown Denver by participating on various committees, task forces and projects. Honorary Partners also can be nominated for their extraordinary contributions to the field of urban planning and development in Downtown.

Why:

To encourage our members to nominate one or more of their peers who are deserving of one of these awards. There is no limit to the number of nominations made by an individual or organization. Self-nominations are welcome.

How to Submit:

Nominations are now closed for 2013.

Annual Meeting Nomination Form and fax or mail it to the Downtown Denver Partnership offices or email it as an attachment to info@downtowndenver.com.

Please contact Beth Warren, Membership Manager, at bwarren@downtowndenver.com with any questions.

Ticket Sale/Registration Information:

Purchase tickets to the annual meeting today!

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Downtown Denver’s restaurant scene just got a little hotter with the announcement of the first three major restaurant tenants for Union Station. Larimer Associates and their partners announced three locally owned restaurants: The Kitchen Next Door, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and a new restaurant and market concept by celebrated Chef Alex Seidel will open in the revitalized train terminal in July 2014, each featuring a large patio for outdoor dining.

The Kitchen Next Door will occupy 4,432 square feet, Alex Seidel’s new concepts will absorb roughly 4,900 square feet and Snooze will occupy approximately 2,000 square feet. Seidel’s gourmet market will offer fresh products reflecting the restaurant’s farm-to-table menu.

Larimer Associates, well-known for its drive and success in creating unique destinations through local, chef-driven establishments and retail boutiques, specially chose these Colorado partners to design a distinctive restaurant compilation at Union Station.

Alex Seidel is the Chef and Owner of Denver’s award-winning Fruition Restaurant. Since opening Fruition in 2007, Seidel has been named “Chef of the Year” for 2008 by Denver’s 5280 Magazine and one of “Best New Chefs” for 2010 by Food & Wine Magazine.

First opened in Boulder in 2004, The Kitchen is a popular community bistro created by Kimbal Musk, Jen Lewin and Hugo Matheson. The group, which expanded to LoDo last spring with The Kitchen Denver, is excited to open a second Dowtown location at Union Station.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, will serve breakfast and lunch daily at Union Station. Denver entrepreneurs Jon and Adam Schlegel opened the first Snooze to rave reviews in the Ballpark neighborhood in 2006. Snooze now features five bustling Colorado locations as well as a restaurant in San Diego. On top of serving flights of pancakes, craft benedicts and more, Snooze at Union Station will also add a take-away counter offering a menu like breakfast sandwiches, AM tacos, coffee, lattes and more.

Scheduled to open in July 2014, Denver’s new Union Station will also feature several other locally-owned dining and retail outlets as well as 112 room luxury boutique hotel managed by Sage Hospitality. For more information, please visit www.unionstationindenver.com.

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The perception that living Downtown is too expensive may not be entirely true in Denver.

There are a number of policies in place to help provide and preserve affordable housing throughout the core and city center neighborhoods. There are also a number of developers committed to providing and building reasonably-priced homes and apartments. Before you rule out the exciting neighborhoods in Downtown Denver, read about the options that are currently available. You may be surprised; learn more about affordable housing options in Downtown and its neighborhoods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is considered “affordable” housing?

A: Generally speaking, “affordable” housing refers to housing that is affordable to households that make below 80 percent of the Denver area median income (AMI). For context, a one-person household, 80 percent of the area median income is $43,600; for a four-person household, 80 percent of the AMI is $62,250. “Workforce” housing is a term used to describe units affordable to households that make 60–80 percent of the area median income. The recommended standard is that a household should spend no more than 30 percent of their household income on their mortgage or rent. Income-qualifying buyers can purchase housing units at discounted prices below market rates, usually with down payment assistance and affordable mortgage programs. Housing in Downtown and the adjacent center city neighborhoods offers a variety of affordable rental and for sale options.

Q: How do I know if I qualify for affordable housing? What are the income restrictions on affordable housing?

A: There are a number of developments that offer a spectrum of affordable housing options in Downtown in which a percentage of the total number of units are set aside as “affordable” (non-market rate) units for a variety of income levels. Each community that has affordable housing units has to comply with regulations and specific requirements that vary from building to building depending on the targeted AMI level they are serving. To know if you qualify and get the most up-to-date information, it is best to contact the individual properties directly.

Income limits vary by county. For the City and County of Denver, the limits (based on HUD requirements) are as follows:
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Q: What is low-income housing?

A: Low-income housing is generally defined as housing affordable to households that make below 50 percent of the area median income. For a one-person household, 50 percent of the median income is $27,250. Housing available for these households is primarily in multifamily rental projects.

Housing affordability for households that meet this criteria is made possible by assistance that comes in the form of a public subsidy, either through direct payment to the project owner or through vouchers and certificates that allow tenants to find affordable housing in their targeted community. In voucher programs (such as HUD’s Section 8 housing program), a tenant pays no more than 30 percent of their household income for rent and utilities; the government pays the balance directly to the landlord that accepts the voucher.

In Downtown Denver, Halcyon House (1955 Arapahoe Street), The Barth Hotel (1514 17th Street) and Sunset Village (1865 Larimer Street) are examples of housing in which all units are below-market rate subsidized housing and reserved for elderly and disabled residents. The Forum Apartments (250 West 14th Street) are 100 low-cost single-room occupancy (SRO) units for homeless individuals transitioning off the streets; tenants pay 30 percent of their income for rent.

Q: What is the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance?

A: Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) was adopted by Denver City Council in September 2002. It requires developers of new for sale projects with 30 or more units to offer 10 percent of the total units in the development as “affordable” to households that earn less than 60–80 percent of the area median income. In projects that have three or more stories, elevators and structured parking, the average qualifying household income is raised to 95 percent of the AMI, which is $51,775 for a one-person household and $73,910 for a four-person household). For example, a 50-unit development would be required to offer five units to buyers that fit the AMI criteria. The IHO does not apply to rental projects.

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Confluence Denver is about the people, ideas and innovators creating a world-class city desirable to the creative class. With a specific focus on entrepreneurship, startups, place building and arts and culture, Confluence strives to highlight Denver’s game changers.

Every Wednesday, Confluence publishes a new newsletter edition discussing the city’s most important developments and innovations.  Sign up to get your copy and be in the know about Downtown.

Want to share your ideas for Confluence? Share them here!

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Make Music Denver 2013 – All Terms Conditions

FAQ: GENERAL
Q: How much does Make Music Denver cost?
A: This event is completely FREE!

Q: What if it rains?
A: This event is rain or shine.

Q: Where are the performances located?
A: The 16th Street mall in Downtown Denver is the centerpiece for this event. Performances will be along the mall on patios, plazas, sidewalks and parks, including Skyline Park and Civic Center Park.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions?
A: Send an email to MakeMusicDenver@downtowndenver.com and we can assist you.

Q: What if I want to see a specific band, how will I know where they are located?
A: We will post a schedule with all the times and locations for the registered bands so that spectators are able to see them.

Q: How can I participate before Make Music Denver?
A: Spread the word! Tap into your social network contacts, talk to friends, tell your musically talented buddies to register, organize a group to come down and dance on June 21!

Q: How can I volunteer the day of Make Music Denver?
A: Send us an email to makemusicdenver@downtowndenver.com and we will contact you as the event gets closer.

FAQ: MUSICIANS
Q: Are performers compensated for their performance?
A: No, this is strictly a free event. No busking is allowed. Performers can sell their promotional items according to state law only while they perform.

Q: I registered as a performer and requested a specific location/time, am I guaranteed that space?
A: We will do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Q: Can I register as multiple musicians?
A: Yes. Once you create your Matchmaking account, you have the option to create one or several musicians under the ‘My Artists’ tab.

Q: Can our band be amplified?
A: Acoustic performances are encouraged to add to the spontaneity of the event. We will try to accommodate special amp requests.

Q: What are the Mass Instrument Gatherings?
A: We are putting together a schedule of times for mass instrument gatherings. Musicians will gather in pre-determined areas to make music en masse according to their chosen instrument, all levels are invited, encouraged to attend and play. Up with your instrument, bring any necessary stands, and we will hand out sheet music so everyone can harmonize together. Check the schedule in the upcoming weeks at www.MakeMusicDenver.com.

Q: I’m not in a band, but I want to play. Can I do that?
A: Yes, you are more than welcome to play as a solo artist or join the mass appeals.

Q: How old do you have to be to perform?
A: All ages are welcome to participate.

Q: I missed registration, can I still perform?
A: Yes! Even if you did not pre-register you are welcome to come Downtown and pick a place to play along the 16th Street Mall or join in to the Mass Instrument gatherings in Skyline Park.

Q: How long are performances?
A: Most are scheduled as one hour sets with a half hour in between.

FAQ: VENUES
Q: Who can be a host venue?
A: Literally any Downtown Denver business can register as a Host Venue and provide space: sidewalks, patios, inside a shop, office building, lobby, etc. Venues can request specific times for performances and genres. If you can’t host a band, register to provide electrical outlet for a band to play outside.

Q: How do I sign up to host a performance?
A: Register via our Matchmaking system to create a Venue Profile. Once registered, you can select, request and confirm artists for a performance. Businesses are welcome to browse registered artists and listen to ensure that the musician’s sound is a perfect fit. All performances must be accepted by the host venue as well as Make Music Denver in order to be confirmed. It is completely free event for everyone to enjoy: venues, musicians and attendees!

Q: How should I sign up to offer drink and food specials?
A: Businesses will get increased exposure by participating as a Watering Hole for musicians. Invite participating musicians with credentials to pop in for specials and freebies during the day. Or sign-up as a Soundbite Site to be part of the festivities by offering food and drink specials to festival-goers. Email us today at MakeMusicDenver@downtowndenver.com.

FAQ: REGISTRATION, MATCHMAKING AND INSTRUCTIONS

Q: Can you tell me about the Registration and the Matchmaking Process?
A: To register for a reserved location, click here and complete the required information. Once completed, log-in and enter your preferences to finalize registration. Matchmaking isn’t instantaneous and you will be contacted after registration closes on June 3 with all the details concerning your final slot.

Q: I’m having trouble logining in, can you tell me the process?
A: Below are step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Go back to Make Music Denver and Log In with your account information.
Step 2: To participate as a Musician, select the My Artists tab under the black bar.
(To participate as a venue, select “My Venues.”)
Step 3: Click on the Create an Artist button, located on the right sidebar. (Venues: click “Create a Venue.”)
Step 4: Fill in your details and availability desired links. Click Create Artist to save the Artist profile. (Click “Create a Venue” to save Venue Profile.)
Step 5: Optional: Artists may upload an image.
Step 6: At this point, you have added your artist or venue. Next it’s time to match with a venue/artist to book a performance slot.
Step 7: Click Find/Add Performance Venue on your newly formed artist under the My Artist tab.
Step 8: Browse through venues (and use the filters to help). When you find where you’d like to perform, hit the Request a Performance button on that venue. Venues will be updated regularly, so check back often.
Step 9: Select the time you’d like to perform.
Step 10: Your performance location will be confirmed after registration closes on June 3. You will be contacted via email or phone.

For any additional questions, email us at MakeMusicDenver@downtowndenver.com.

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Denver Best New Festival 2013: Make Music Denver- Westword
http://www.westword.com/bestof/2013/award/best-new-festival-2345352/

Press Release: First Lady Mary Louise Lee and “Bringing Back the Arts” Participants will Make Music this Summer

Make Music Denver: 16th Street Mall- CNBC.com
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100821274
June 21, 2013

Make Music Denver: 16th Street Mall- CBS News, Denver
http://news.yahoo.com/video/music-denver-boasts-more-100-201400079.html
June 21, 2013

Make Music Denver-16th Street Mall- Channel 4 News, Denver
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja1LVuNtLg0&feature=youtu.be
June 21, 2013

Tami Door on Make Music Denver, the arts scene – Westword.com
http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2013/06/tami_door_on_make_music_denve.php
June 20, 2013

May Photos: Montbello High School’s drum line marches down the 16th Street Mall – Westword
http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2012/05/montbello-high-school-drum-line.php#more
May 16, 2012

Montbello Drumline beat is call to participate in Downtown Denver music festival June 21 – Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20628389/montbello-drumline-beat-is-call-participate-downtown-denver
May 15, 2012

Celebrating music in urban environments – 9 News
http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1640702433001&odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|featured
May 15, 2012

Montbello Drum Line on the 16th Street Mall – Westword
http://www.westword.com/slideshow/montbello-drum-line-on-the-16th-street-mall-36801372/
May 15, 2012

The Montbello Drumline drums up business today for Make Music Denver in June – Westword
http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2012/05/montbello_drumline_16th_street.php
May 15, 2012

Photos: Montbello Drumline Marches on 16th Street Mall – Denver Post
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/05/photos-montbello-drumline-marches-on-16th-street-mall/35766/#name here
May 15, 2012

VIDEO: Montbello High School Drumline on 16th Street Mall – Denver Post
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/05/montbello-high-school-drumline-16th-street-mal/35722/
May 15, 2012

Montbello Drumline Prepares For ‘Make My Music’ on the Mall – CBS News 4
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/05/15/montbello-drumline-prepares-for-make-my-music-on-the-mall/
May 15, 2012

Montbello Drumline beat promotes Downtown Denver music fest June 21 – Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20632193/montbello-drumline-beat-promotes-downtown-denver-music-fest
May 15, 2012

MAKE MUSIC DENVER IS CALLING ALL MUSIC LOVERS! – Colorado Music Buzz
http://www.colomusicbuzz.com/2012/04/07/make-music-denver-is-calling-all-music-lovers/
April 7, 2012

Downtown Denver Partnership to debut music event – Denver Biz Journal
http://assets.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2012/04/06/downtown-denver-partnership-to-debut.html
April 6, 2012

Make Music Denver – Denver Original Music
http://denveroriginalmusic.com/2012/02/08/make-music-denver/
February 8, 2012

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Make Music Denver Presenting Sponsors


GOV.Kia.Lakewood.DBY

Make Music Denver Supporters


Half-Tower-Vert.-Blue

Make Music Denver Beer & Wine Garden


The Infinite Monkey Theoreom Wine
Prost Brewing Company

Make Music Denver Host Sites


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Starbucks


overland logo

Overland Sheepskin Company


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Blue Sushi Sake Grill


brownpalace

Brown Palace Hotel and Spa


lucky Pie

Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap House


Writer

Writer Square Plaza


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GNC


palm Restaurant

The Palm Restaurant


walgreens

Walgreens


Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom


16Mix

16Mix at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel


dazzle

Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge


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Caribou Coffee


Lannies Clock Tower

Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret


Diegos

Diego’s Mexican Food & Tequila Bar


groove

Groove Auto


Colorado State university

CSU


CornerBakeryCafe_National_Logo

Corner Bakery Cafe


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Tilted Kilt


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Clyfford Still Museum


Denver Firefighter Museum

Denver Firefighter Museum


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Mike’s Camera


Pavillions

Denver Pavilion


V’s Lobby Lounge at the Westin

McNichols Building

Colorado Music

 

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Calling All Backstage Extraordinaires! We’re seeking volunteers!

Want to be a part of the backstage team and help the production? Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) would love to have you volunteer at Make Music Denver!

Ways you can help BEFORE June 21:

  • Recruit friends, coworkers, fellow musicians and music enthusiasts to participate on June 21.
  • Promote Make Music Denver through social media.

Ways you can help volunteer ON June 21:

Volunteers are needed for various shifts from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 21.

  • Movin’ and Groovin’- You will help the bands unload and set up their equipment when they first arrive. After they are finished, you will help them load up their equipment and then help the next band unload and set up.
  • Information Booth Informers- Help give directions and answer questions of where all the awesome venues and artists will be, and pass out schedules of everything that’s going on throughout the day.
  • Sound and Crowd Control Cruisers- You will be designated a certain area to make sure the music is not too loud and to make sure the crowd stays out of the way of the buses and other traffic.

Help us elevate Make Music Denver to a whole new level this year, e-mail makemusicdenver@downtowndenver.com to sign-up today!

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Thanks to these generous businesses, participating musicians with credentials can pop in for specials and freebies on June 21:
(exact specials and details coming soon)

CBakery

Corner Bakery

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Voodoo Comedy Lounge

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Starbuck’s Coffee

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Rock Bottom Brewery

Email us at MakeMusicDenver@downtowndenver.com to sign-up to be a Watering Hole for Make Music Denver and support our local musicians for a day!

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Thanks to all the generous musicians who have registered to donate their time and skills to brighten our day on June 21! Be sure to support our local musicians and check out their music!

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Some of the rockin’ musicians registered to play on June 21:


BLUE GRASS


Goosefoot Revival
Facebook


The Ransom Notes
Website
Facebook


BLUES


Alterity
Facebook


Bill Wright Band
ReverbNation


Dana Kyle Stokes
Website


Dewey Paul Band
Website
Facebook


Doug Brown- President of the Denver Uke Community
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Down 2 Earth
Website
Facebook


Duncan and the Doughnuts


Emilio Emilio
Website


Fujita Scale
Website
Facebook


Funk It Up Band
Website
Facebook


Gregory Ellis


Little Goose
Website
Facebook


Mid-Life Crisis
Website
Facebook


Peter Alvah


Pure Jukyn
Website
Facebook


Sierra Hotel
Bandcamp
Facebook
Twitter


The King Stan Band
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Tyler Stanfield
ReverbNation
Facebook


CELTIC


Potcheen
Website
Facebook
Twitter


The Indulgers
Website
Facebook


CLASSICAL


Central City Opera
Website


Dee Perz
MySpace


Elena Farrell


El Sistema Colorado Youth Orchestra
Website
Facebook


Mary Jo Krump
Website


Morgan Gurard
Website


Rocky Mountain Symphony
Website


The Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra

Website
Facebook


COUNTRY


Cory
ReverbNation
Facebook


Johsn Statz
Website
Facebook


Megan Redmond
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Rev. Matt & Kamikaze Kenny


Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Spider Kings

Facebook


The Fintons

Website


Tyson Trosper

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube


ELECTRONIC
EXPERIMENTAL


Bosco & Ian
Website


Chiasso Groove


FOLK


Blackstairs Halibut


D.O.B.
Website
Facebook


Julie Geller
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Mark Risius
ReverbNation
Facebook


Megan Burtt

Website
Facebook


Melissa Ivey

ReverbNation
Facebook


Munsters Infirmary


Nearly There
Website


Peter Alvah


Steve Law Band

Website
Facebook
Twitter


Teressa Juliet
Website
Facebook
Twitter


The Choralary
Website


The Paucity
Website
Facebook
Twitter


The Violet Hour

Facebook


Wichita Run

ReverbNation
Facebook


INDIE-FOLK


Andrew Wynne
ReverbNation
Facebook


Pagan Demons
Website
Facebook
Twitter


PEZ
ReverbNation
Facebook


The Conquistadors of Nothing

Facebook


The Heights
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Tomahawks Fox

Facebook


FUNK


Dorado
Website


PJ Zahn
Website


GoosefootReverb and The Verse
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Ten Pound Elephant
Website
Facebook


White Fudge
Facebook


WolfHAWK
Facebook


GOSPEL


 

C.Hope
Soundcloud


Church Boyz
Website


Destined to Kneel
Website
ReverbNation


D SHARP
Website
Facebook


Essie Curtis-Rockwell
Website
Facebook


Nijah Chnai
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Sounds of Hope


The Order of Levites
Facebook


HIP-HOP


Ariana Ellis


Down Goes Frazier
Facebook


Espirit Freestyle
Website
Facebook


G-Gunz
Facebook
Twitter


The Broadway
Website
Facebook
Twitter


JAZZ


Andrew Mullane


Boulder Big Band
Website
Facebook


DenverJazz Club Youth All-Stars
Website
Facebook


Gora Gora Orkestra
ReverbNation
Facebook
Twitter


Jeremy Mahoney & His Quartet
Website
Facebook
Twitter


JumpinJazz Kids- A Swinging Jungle Tale
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Mile High Wind Machine
Website
Facebook
Twitter


The Buddy Project Big Band
Website
Facebook


The Hank Troy Quartet


Trio Galapago & Friends


KIDS


Janet Casson
Website
Facebook


OTHER


Agrionius
Facebook


Gubment Cheese


Springfield
Website
Facebook


POP


Arthur Grovert
Website
Facebook


Kelli Foerster
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Kelly Triplett
ReverbNation
Facebook


QDiva Experience
ReverbNation
Facebook
Twitter


ReNock9
Facebook
Website


Stacy Riley
Facebook


Swallow Hill Music Instrument Petting Zoo
Website
Facebook
Twitter


The Express
Facebook
Twitter


REGGAE


Almost Anything


Burnt Lips
Wesbite
Facebook


Mono Verde
Website
Facebook


ROCK


Astreya
ReverbNation
Facebook


AutoShopRule
Facebook
Twitter
Sound Cloud


Band Dynamics
Website
Facebook


Buck 25
ReverbNation
Wesbite
Facebook


Dead Pay Rent
Wesbite
Facebook
Twitter


Dennis Giron


Devoutcast
ReverbNation
Facebook


Drifting Tricky
Website
Facebook


EnlargeYour Monster
Facebook
Facebook Videos


Gang Forward
ReverbNation
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Gary McCartney
Bands: Painted Shadows, Something For Tomorrow, Anibus Morrison
ReverbNation
Facebook
YouTube
Twitter


Jacob Archer
Facebook
YouTube


Journey Girls
Website


Lee & Lee
ReverbNation
Website
Facebook


Motion Sickness
Website
Facebook
Twitter


Paris by Sea
Website
Facebook


Parkside Band
Website
Facebook


Pattern Dirt
Website


Pressure Point USA
Website
Facebook


Public Display of Aggression
ReverbNation
Facebook


Resonance
Website
Facebook


Scott Hall
Website
Facebook


SocialFuse
ReverbNation
Facebook
Twitter


Something for Tomorrow
Facebook


Sun Dried Nanners (SDN)
Facebook


Tattoed Strings
ReverbNation
Website
Facebook
Twitter


GoosefootTequilla Mockingbird, Wendy Clark & Tequilla Mockingbirds
ReverbNation
Website
FacebookSoundcloud YouTube


Test Registration


The Dirty Lighting
ReverbNation
Facebook


The Jacob Cade Project
Facebook


The West
Website
Facebook


UNDUN
Website
Facebook


Vices I Admire
Bandcamp
Facebook
Twitter


Watertower
Website
Facebook


INDIE-ROCK


Crasshopper
ReverbNation
Facebook


Dead Orchids
Facebook


Izzy


Kid Kosmo
Facebook


GoosefootNevay


Nevayda Gunn
ReverbNation
Facebook


The Hits
Website
Facebook


Thousand Frames
Facebook


Train to Brooklyn
Facebook


Two Fisted Tango
Website
Facebook
Twitter


SOUL


Brent Joyce
Facebook


Jordan Rose-Williams
Facebook
Twitter


WORLD

Confluence Music Group


Tito Malaga
Website
Facebook


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About the Make Music Festival

Make Music Denver is modeled on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982 to celebrate World Music Day. The festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated in over 520 cities around the world. The inaugural event in 2012 showcased the city’s local music scene in various Downtown locations and viewers flocked to over 20 venues along the 16th Street Mall where 90 pre-registered music makers played throughout the day.

Make Music Denver is a special event that not only celebrates music, but opens it up for everyone to enjoy in a day-long event that encourages diversity of sounds and arts to be enjoyed by all.

Read more about the history and about Fete de la Musique:

The Spirit of La Fete according to Fete de la Musique (History), Paris

About Fete de la Musique (Purpose and Partnerships), Paris

Join the Movement, Celebrate National Music Day! (Here’s Why Your Business Should Get Involved), NAAM.org

Find out more about past and future events around the world:

MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK – THE NEW YORKER BLOG – POSTED BY ALEX ROSS JUNE 29, 2009 

FLASH MOB PERFORMS IPHONE SYMPHONY ON WALL STREET – SOUNDCHECK WNYC – BY MARLON BISHOP JUNE 21, 2011

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TO CELEBRATE WORLD MUSIC DAY – GULF NEWS – BY BINSAI ABDUL KADER – MAY 15, 2013

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE GERMANY

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE SHANGHAI

VIDEOS AND HAPPENINGS

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The Downtown Denver Garden Block is a living landscape in the heart of Downtown, giving visitors, residents and employees a place to gather and enjoy the urban scene. The Garden Block is a joint project between the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and Denver Botanic Gardens and is generously supported by Bellco Credit Union and the Colorado Garden Foundation. The project creates an entirely new experience on one block of the 16th Street Mall through thematic plantings in the median and on sidewalks, hanging baskets on the many sidewalk cafes, dramatic entry features with unique branding and climbing vines, movable furnishings to enjoy your lunch or coffee with friends, weekly special events and activities, and a robust wi-fi hotspot provided by Forethough.net. In 2014 the Garden Block will feature even more landscape elements and a full round of events. Stay tuned for more info about all the exciting additions this coming summer!

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Hungry? You will be after you see what’s being served up by the food vendors along the 16th Street Mall. Vendors are being added daily and there’s no shortage of options. Meet the vendors and choose your favorite cuisine, then go outside, grab your grub, pull up a chair and watch the hustle and bustle of activity from the heart of Downtown as you enjoy every last mouthwatering morsel! Learn more.

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So you’ve snagged a few friends for happy hour and dinner, and now you’re looking for a place to stretch out under the stars? Perhaps you’re taking the kids to see the sights Downtown and want to cap the evening off with one final treat? Check out the Southwest Movies at Skyline Park! All movies begin at dusk in Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe. Come early to snag the best seats. Pets (on leash) welcome. Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, this series is in cooperation with Denver Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

Summer 2013 Dates and Movies List:

July 6
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Rating: G

July 13
A League of Their Own
Rating: PG

July 20
The Incredibles
Rating: PG

August 3
Father of the Bride
Rating: PG

August 10
The Amazing Spider-Man
Rating: PG13

August 17
ET
Rating: PG

August 24
Hotel Transylvania
Rating: PG

September 14
Finding Nemo
Rating: G

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Downtown Denver Partnership Civic Partners play an integral role in the success of the organization. Through financial support and engagement, Civic Partners enable us to guarantee that Downtown Denver continues to be the vital and vibrant hub of the Rocky Mountain Region, supporting the business community’s ability to attract and retain the best employees, grow its customer base and thrive.

Civic Partners enjoy benefits, such as special recognition on the Partnership’s website and at select Downtown Denver Partnership events; invitations to attend exclusive Civic Partner events and, most importantly, directly impact the Partnership’s ability to achieve its mission of making Downtown Denver the place where people want to be.

Downtown Denver Partnership Civic Partners:

9NEWS
AECOM
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Beacon Capital Partners
BKD CPAs & Advisors
Brookfield Properties Colorado
Callahan Capital Partners
CenturyLink
CoBiz Financial
Comcast
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
Denver International Airport
Encana Oil & Gas
Gart Properties/Denver Pavilions
Gates Corporation
Grant Thornton
Hyatt Regency Denver
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
LBA Realty
Means Knaus Partners LP
Molson-Coors Brewing Company
Noble Energy
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Southwest Airlines
Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc
The Denver Post
U.S. Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
Xcel Energy Company

For information on how your company can become a Civic Partner and impact Downtown’s future, contact Beth Warren, Membership Manager, at 303.534.6161 or bwarren@downtowndenver.com.

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The 16th Street Mall, with its busy sidewalk cafes and FREE Mall Ride, opened in 1982. It’s considered one of the most successful pedestrian malls in the country. But it’s showing its age. Many of the mall’s granite pavers—especially in the bus lanes—are cracked and chipped, and their once-bright colors have faded. The BID and the Downtown Denver Partnership have been working to renovate and maintain the mall by collaborating with various partners.

Costs to upgrade 16 blocks (from Broadway to Wynkoop Street) of the 30 year-old Mall infrastructure, based on the recommendations of the 16th Street Mall Technical Assessment and Rehabilitation Study (2009) and the 16th Street Urban Design Plan (2010), have been estimated at $65 million.

The most pressing infrastructure issue facing the Mall is the deterioration of the paving system in the transit lanes. Two pilot infrastructure upgrade projects – reconfiguring the intersection at 16th Street and Larimer, and reconstructing portions of the transit lane between Court and Tremont, were completed in 2011.

In 2012 the Regional Transportation District (RTD) applied to the Federal Transit Administration for a $16.1 million grant ($12.9 million in federal funds matched by $2.3 million in local funds) from the FTA and was granted $10.0 million ($8.0 million in federal funds matched by $2.0 million in local funds, split between RTD, the City and County of Denver and DDP/BID) in July 2012. This funding will pay for upgrades consistent with the two plans mentioned above on up to 3½ blocks of the Mall – two blocks between Market and Lawrence and 1.5 blocks between Court and Broadway (the “project area”). These blocks were chosen because they have experienced the most serious deterioration in quality of the transit lane paving.

Detailed design for the project area is scheduled to commence in late spring 2013, with completion of design at the end of 2013. Construction is scheduled for the spring and summer of 2014.

RTD will be ceasing bus operations at Market Street Station when the underground bus facility at Denver Union Station opens in 2014, and as part of that shift, will reconfigure the 16th Street Mall adjacent to Market Street Station, between Blake Street and Market Street, consistent with the recommendations of the 16th Street Urban Design Plan. In 2013, RTD is funding design services for the reconfiguration, and reconstruction is scheduled to occur in mid- to late-2014, with a budget of up to $1 million.

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“Marketplace on the Mall” is a program that manages vending, special events and performances on the 16th Street Mall. Special Events make up a vibrant and enjoyable part of the 16th Street Mall. Whether it’s a fair to sell handmade goods, a brand promotion celebrating a new product launch or a school’s choir and music event, the Mall is a powerful venue to promote a business, cause or event.

The program, managed by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), supports an assortment of local and national businesses via its long-term vending opportunities as well as short-term special events. Numerous opportunities exist to create brand awareness, introduce new products or services, conduct shows and fairs or otherwise interact with customers on the 16th Street Mall. To see the most recent 16th Street Mall pedestrian counts, click here.

What Is a Special Event on the 16th Street Mall?

A promotion of a business, cause or event; distribution of non-tangible items with the use of furnishings or fixtures in a specified location on the Mall; an activity hosted to create awareness of a business, cause or event.

What Is a Sampling Event?

The free distribution (or retail sale of) of a tangible product, with or without the use of furnishings or fixtures.

How to Hold a Special Event on the Mall

  • Fill out the application completely and accurately and return to the BID office with a $25 application fee.
    • The application can be printed and scanned, faxed, mailed or delivered to the address below.
    • The application can be edited, saved and emailed to info@downtowndenver.com.
    • Photos, brochures and renderings may be included if available. (Only items that may be kept on file and not returned. Originals should be kept.)
  • The application is submitted for committee review and selection.
    • This review typically occurs the third Thursday of each month.
    • Applicants will be contacted if selected to conduct their event on the 16th Street Mall.
  • If selected, a License Agreement/Permit will be issued after:

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16th Street Mall Special Event and Sampling Process and Guidelines

  • A Special Events or Sampling License Agreement Permit is required to place temporary furnishings on the 16th Street Mall for all promotional, sampling and sales events.
  • All requests must be submitted for approval by the Mall Use Committee.
  • Upon approval by the Mall Use Committee, a Special Event or Sampling License Agreement/Permit will be issued.
  • A certificate of liability insurance is required for all permits. The certificate must name as additionally insured: Downtown Denver Business Improvement District; Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.; City and County of Denver and all owned, managed, controlled, non-controlled and subsidiary companies, corporations, entities, joint ventures, LLC’s and partnerships and all of their constituent partners and members.
  • Special Events License Agreements must be signed by Licensor (the BID) and the Licensee (the permit holder).
  • The agreement states the approved dates and is valid only for stated dates. Additional dates require additional permits.
  • The agreement describes the approved activity; no other activities are allowed unless a separate request is submitted and approved.
  • Maximum set-up size for any one event location is 10 feet x 10 feet.
  • Multiple location events (mall-wide shows from 3–30 locations/tents) are generally limited to 8 x 8 feet (tents).
  • All tables must be skirted.
  • Amplification is not allowed unless specifically approved by Licensor.
  • Vehicles are not allowed except under specific circumstances and as specifically approved by Licensor.
  • Temporary signs (sandwich board signs or other) are not allowed on the public right-of-way (median or sidewalk), but may be attached to permit holder’s furnishings, awnings, tables if desired.
  • Licensees may not use Mall fixtures and furnishings.
  • For multi-day events, all event elements must be removed daily.
  • Licensee is responsible for providing all elements, their set-up and breakdown and clean-up of permitted location.
  • If vehicles are used to deliver props or tents, they may be driven briefly onto the median at the permitted location and then must be immediately removed after unloading materials.
  • For safety reasons, nothing can be placed closer to the intersection than the first light pole or tree at the end of the block.
  • The event cannot obstruct pedestrian traffic. A walkway must be left for pedestrians to pass safely beside the event and (at corner locations) must be able to safely cross the street.
  • Licensees must not in any way block the entrance to any building nor may they reduce the pedestrian right-of-way to less than 10 feet. A 10-foot clearance must be maintained at all times.
  • Licensees may not interfere with special events taking place on private plazas, nor interfere with vending activities.
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“Marketplace on the Mall” is an ever-changing mix of eclectic street food, retail vendors and Sampling and Special Events on the 16th Street Mall. The program, managed by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), supports an assortment of local and national businesses.

See Current Food Vending and Retail Map

With the number of vendors operating on the 16th Street Mall, ranging between 20 and 40 depending on season, the goal is to continue to add more quality, unique and diverse local businesses to the mix. While numerous opportunities exist, strong efforts are taken not to duplicate uses and product.

Marketplace on the Mall opportunities include Food Vending, Merchandise/Retail Sales, Experiential/Floral/Art Sales, BID-owned Kiosks and Sampling and Special Event Permits. The steps for applying and selection criteria for vending are identified below.

Food Vending

  • Food carts and food trailers are provided by the business owner.
  • Six-month (summer) and one-year terms are available.
  • Maximum footprint is 5’ x 9’; nothing may be outside of this footprint including trailer hitch and coolers.
  • All carts and trailers, including branding, must be approved by the BID.
  • Download Food Cart/Trailer Approval Process

Merchandise/Retail Sales

  • Retail Merchandising Units (RMUs) are provided by the BID.
  • All RMUs are located between Welton Street and California Street.
  • Conforming hours of operation apply: 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, May through October.
  • RMUs are open-sided retailing structures similar to a cart in which an employee operates from outside the unit.
  • Each RMU is approximately 8’ x 3.5’.
  • Limited to eight RMUs, these are currently offered for summertime retailing only.
  • Traditional wooden pushcart applications are not being accepted (with few exceptions such as flower carts).
  • In 2013, applicants will be offered one or two month operating terms in which to test the success of their merchandise.

Experiential (Entertainment Themed)/Floral/Art Sales

  • Examples include caricatures, portraits, henna tattoos, face painting.
  • Six-month (summer) and one-year terms are available.
  • Operating units are provided by the business owner, pending approval.
  • Hours of operation must be consistent and posted but may be outside of standard conforming hours.

BID-owned Kiosks

  • The BID owns four enclosed kiosks; one kiosk is an Information-Customer Service Center.
  • One-year terms are preferred.
  • These structures are best suited for point-of-sale transactions whereby business is conducted by an employee inside the kiosk serving the customer through a service window.
  • Prepackaged food may be sold from the kiosks; however, in general, food cannot be prepared in the kiosk.

Hours of Operation

Business owners and entrepreneurs who can offer great customer service and consistency are vital in growing the Marketplace on the Mall food and retail program on 16th Street Mall. For this reason, conforming hours of operation have been established for food and merchandise throughout most of the Mall. The conforming hours of operation area between Lawrence Street and Tremont Place can be viewed on the Tiers and Hours of Operation Map.

The conforming hours of operation for this area are 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Saturday from May through October and 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, November through April.

There are a limited number of blocks where flexible hours of operation are allowed. These flexible hours are as follows: Minimum of four days a week and four hours per day, requiring operation between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. per Denver Revised Municipal Code, Section 49-538. Please see the attached map. Individuals who prefer to operate a part-time vending business may be better suited for other areas of Downtown Denver where these flexible hours of operation are also in place. Learn more at City of Denver Vending.

Vending businesses may not operate between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Rates
A variable rate schedule takes into consideration season, length of term and the strength of individual locations (including tier and corner locations). See Tiers and Hours of Operation Map.

Summer-only rates range between $300 and $600 per month. Annual rates range between $350 and $500 per month from May through October and between $200 and $350 per month from November through April.

How To Apply

  • Fill out the application completely and accurately and return to the BID office for consideration.
    • The application can be printed and scanned, faxed, mailed or delivered to the address below.
    • The application can be edited, saved and emailed to info@downtowndenver.com.
    • Photos, menus, brochures and renderings may be included if available. (Only items that may be kept on file and not returned. Originals should be kept.)
  • The application is submitted for committee review and selection.
    • This review typically occurs on the third Thursday of each month.
    • Applicants will be contacted if selected to open their business on the 16th Street Mall.

Selection Criteria

The BID receives more applications than could possibly be placed on the 16th Street Mall. Therefore, applicants must be carefully selected. A committee will determine the applicants best suited for placement on the 16th Street Mall based on the needs and desires of the area within the Downtown Denver BID, including in part, the following factors:

  • Product uniqueness, diversity and quality
  • Commitment to program/hours of operation
  • Successful business experience
  • Competition/existing similar businesses on or near the Mall
  • Financial resources of the business
  • Reasonable likelihood of success of the business
  • Sales projections
  • Visual merchandising/quality of design/display
  • Completeness of business plan
  • Overall benefit of the business to the 16th Street Mall retail environment
  • Potential detriment to the 16th Street Mall retail environment

Steps After Selection

If selected to become a vendor on the Mall, the next step is review and approval of cart/kiosk or trailer structure and design in addition to:

  • Obtaining City and State Sales Tax Licenses. See instructions.
  • Food vendors only: Obtaining Stand-Up Restaurant License (and fire department approval for food carts with propane).
  • Obtaining required certificate of insurance including $1 million General Liability Insurance and worker’s compensation as required by the state of Colorado. See insurance criteria.
  • Copies of Articles of Incorporation or Social Security number and driver’s license/picture ID will be required if applicant is selected.

Disclaimer

  • The primary goal is to have full-time business commitment of 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Saturday for most of the Mall (weather permitting) except in specific blocks that allow flexibility.
  • The BID makes no guarantees or promises in regard to potential sales or success.
  • The business owner is responsible to create a successful business model, which includes marketing strategies, community outreach and social media.
  • The Temporary Revocable License Agreement may be revoked with or without cause.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear back?
Applicants should generally expect to receive a response within 60 days of application submission.

If selected:
After notification that an application has been selected, the next step is location assignment and unit (structure), branding and display approval. Final approval is contingent upon finding an agreeable location and approval of the structure and all branding. No changes can be implemented by applicant after final approval.

If not selected:
Applications are valid only through December 31 of the year in which they are submitted. There is no waiting list. Selection is based on the specific factors listed within this document and for the time period in which it is received. Applicants may apply in subsequent years if not selected.

Terms

The attached is an APPLICATION FOR CONSIDERATION OF A TEMPORARY REVOCABLE LICENSE AGREEMENT (AGREEMENT). THE COMPLETION AND SUBMITTAL OF THIS APPLICATION AND/OR THE PAYMENT OF A FEE WITH THIS APPLICATION DOES NOT GRANT ANY RIGHTS TO THE APPLICANT AND DOES NOT GRANT, RESERVE, PRIORITIZE, ALLOCATE, PROMISE, WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT AN AGREEMENT MAY BE GIVEN BY THE DOWNTOWN DENVER BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (LICENSOR). THE DATE OF FILING THIS APPLICATION HAS NO SIGNIFICANCE IN WHETHER THE APPLICATION WILL BE APPROVED OR DENIED.

THE APPLICATION IS TO BE COMPLETED BY EACH INDIVIDUAL APPLICANT, A GENERAL PARTNER OF A PARTNERSHIP, AN OFFICER OR DIRECTOR OF A CORPORATION OR A MANAGING MEMBER OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. INCOMPLETE OR ILLEGIBLE APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE REVIEWED OR CONSIDERED.

Acceptance of the application by Downtown Denver Business Improvement District does not constitute approval or acceptance of the applicant or proposed Licensee into the 16th Street vending program nor does it grant, reserve, obligate, license, lease, warrant or guarantee that a location on the 16th Street Pedestrian and Transit Mall will ever be approved.

Licensor reserves the right to simultaneously negotiate with other prospective applicants regardless of similarity in products. Licensor is not obligated to license a location to the Applicant unless and until such time as a License Agreement has been fully executed by both parties, the fees have been submitted in an acceptable form for the location agreed upon by both parties, and the Licensee is in continuous compliance with all applicable rules and regulations for use of the Mall.

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The Downtown Denver Partnership, with funding support from the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID) and numerous other public and private sector entities, worked in partnership with the City and County of Denver to produce the 2007 Denver Downtown Area Plan. The plan reflects the community’s vision for a livable, healthy, economically vibrant and exciting Downtown and provides a foundation for strategic actions that shape Downtown’s future development, enhance connections to surrounding neighborhoods and strengthen Downtown’s role as the heart of the region.

The Denver City Council adopted the 2007 Downtown Area Plan in July 2007. The plan serves as a benchmark for public and private decisions that affect the form and function of Downtown. Downtown Denver must solidify its reputation as the region’s economic, cultural and recreational capital. To accomplish this overarching goal, the Downtown Area Plan establishes five vision elements and 19 strategy elements of which seven are major “transformative” projects.

The five vision elements that support the overarching vision of a vibrant Downtown are:
1. A prosperous city
2. A walkable city
3. A diverse city
4. A distinctive city
5. A green city

Within the 19 strategies and projects, seven transformative projects are highlighted for extra emphasis. While all 19 strategy elements are essential to achieving the plan’s vision, seven of them are critical, because without early concentrated effort in these area, the other elements of the plan will not be as successful. These seven strategies and projects include:
1. Energizing the commercial core
2. Building on transit
3. Creating grand boulevards
4. Embracing adjacent neighborhoods
5. Connecting the Auraria Campus
6. Downtown’s new neighborhood Arapahoe Square
7. A rejuvenated Civic Center

To download individual chapters from the Denver Downtown Area Plan, simply click the chapter title.

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i. Introduction

ii. Strategy Framework

iii. Plan Strategies and Projects

iv. District Strategies

v. Moving Forward

 

 

 

For a copy of the entire Denver Downtown Area Plan, please contact info@downtowndenver.com.

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This plan seeks to activate the central, or “core,” blocks of the 16th Street Mall between Welton Street and Curtis Street and consists of multiple strategies and individual projects. It is based on the 2007 Downtown Area Plan recommendation to “create and enhance recognized sub-districts along the Mall.” It is primarily focused on the median space in these blocks and looks for opportunities to reinforce the Mall as the heart of Downtown Denver. Traditionally, these central blocks have faced challenges in terms of a lack of activation and positive uses, no sense of place, a perceived lack of safety, aging infrastructure and the logistics of programming the narrow median adjacent to the FREE MallRide shuttle lanes. This plan is based on extensive research around the country showing that high-quality public spaces are good for business.

“Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired. In turn, these creative locales foster entrepreneurs and cultural industries that generate jobs and income, spin off new products and services and attract and retain unrelated businesses and skilled workers.”

(Markusen, Ann and Anne Gadwa. 2010. Creative Placemaking. Mayor’s Institute on City Design, 4.)

This initiative is comprised of several unique projects and programs that will be launched in the summer of 2013 along the five core blocks of the 16th Street Mall. The Historic Facade Lighting Project, between Glenarm Place and Curtis Street, seeks to use various lighting strategies to activate, enhance and improve the visibility along the Mall.

Several new and concentrated vending strategies will promote quality over quantity on the core blocks. The goal of these new projects is to augment Downtown businesses with high-quality vendors, to add value to the Downtown experience and to activate the medians with positive activity and commerce.

These vending strategies include: 

  • The Retail and Event Block will cluster eight retail merchandising units on one block to create a critical mass of fresh, rotating product, while also hosting summer market events between May and October.
  • The Food Vending Block will concentrate a wide variety of new, high-quality food vendors and provide ample seating for people who wish to enjoy their meal on the Mall.
  • The Mixed Opportunity Block will employs a combination of strategies for organic growth of activities based on demand and need and includes additional food vending space, flexible event space, as well as potential projects for the 2013 Biennial of the Americas.

Between Champa Street and Curtis Street, the Garden Block is a joint project between the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID) and the Denver Botanic Gardens that will create a unique landscape experience for people to wander, relax and enjoy the Mall in an entirely new way. This project will include smaller versions of the Denver Botanic Gardens unique garden environments, recognizable branding and entry features and an activity zone featuring rotating displays, events and other activities. For more information on the Garden Block, click here.

The Core Blocks Plan seeks to establish a new, highly visible district on the 16th Street Mall. This new district will help to establish a sense of place along the central section of the Mall, give people a reason to stay, reinforce the core blocks and the median, particularly focusing on the connections between the blocks, create a central gathering space for Downtown and provide a place for people to experience the best the city has to offer through art, culture, light, entertainment, retail, food and most importantly, other people.

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The Downtown Denver Partnership is excited to announce that the 2014 Urban Exploration trip will be heading to Downtown Seattle from June 8th through June 10th.

As the “most populous neighborhood” in Seattle, Downtown Seattle boasts over 57,000 residents and 202,000 employees. Office and residential development projects in the pipeline are expected to boost these figures to even higher levels in the next few years. Urban Exploration participants will learn about Downtown Seattle’s thriving startup scene and how the city attracts and supports entrepreneurship, tour the blossoming South Lake Union neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Seattle, and learn about Seattle’s growing network of streetcars and plans for a robust network of protected bicycle lanes. On the trip, participants will have the unparalleled opportunity to build relationships with other Downtown Denver leaders, while being inspired to achieve objectives laid out in Denver’s Downtown Area Plan.

Application

The application process to attend the 2014 trip is now open. Additional information about the trip, including details about the application process, can be found here.

A Special Thank You to Our 2014 Urban Exploration Sponsors:

Host

Presenting

Official Airline

Supporting

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the 2014 Urban Exploration trip, please contact Aylene McCallum at 303.571.8237 or amccallum@downtowndenver.com.

About the Urban Exploration Program

The Downtown Denver Partnership believes that we can learn a great deal from the successes of other downtowns throughout the country. For this reason, we created the Urban Exploration Program in 2008, bringing city leaders and public and private sector stakeholders in Downtown Denver together to learn about the best practices of other cities.

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan – the 20-year vision for Downtown Denver’s development, passed by Denver City Council – provides the foundation upon which the trip is organized. In addition, the trip provides a wonderful opportunity for these community leaders to network and immerse themselves in an educational setting where they can learn about infrastructure, economic development, transit and transportation and public private partnerships in other cities.

Previous Cities Visited Include:

2013 – Toronto
2012 – Chicago
2011 – Philadelphia
2010 – Vancouver
2009 – Washington, D.C.
2008 – Portland

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Since 1962, Downtown Denver has flourished thanks to the contributions of many. The Downtown Denver Annual Awards dinner, presented by Polsinelli, allows us to recognize the accomplishments that have transformed our Downtown by making it stronger, more vibrant and prosperous. Each year, this event promotes public awareness of and interest in Downtown, recognizing the success and significant contributions that have made a lasting and positive impact on Downtown.

Save the Date: 53rd Annual Awards Dinner

May 29, 2014
The Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel
1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202

Meet our prestigious winners

2012 Downtown Denver Award Winners

  • Boettcher Foundation: 75th Anniversary
  • Denver Crime Laboratory
  • Denver Startup Week
  • Galvanize
  • MSU Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center
  • University of Colorado Denver Business School

2011 Downtown Denver Award Winners

  • USA Pro Cycling Challenge
  • History Colorado Center
  • Denver Pavilions for Securing Colorado’s First H&M
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • 1099 Osage
  • 14th Street Project: Downtown’s “Ambassador Street”

 

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Downtown Denver Partnership Management Group, Inc.

The Partnership’s Management Group, made up of representatives from Denver Civic Ventures and Downtown Denver, Inc., is the executive committee for the Partnership and ensures consistency and clarity of policy and public positions. It is also responsible for the fiscal policy and financial reporting for the organization.

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Denver Civic Ventures (DCV)

DCV is the Partnership’s charitable, public purpose board. DCV focuses on community planning and development, provides educational forums to enhance the Downtown neighborhood and raises funds through charitable contributions, grants, sponsorships and events.

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Downtown Denver, Inc. (DDI)

DDI is the advocacy board for the membership. DDI takes positions on ballot issues, city ordinances and legislative referenda and focuses on programs that serve the Downtown membership.

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Downtown Denver Events, Inc. (DDE)

DDE is the Partnerships’s community events nonprofit organization that organizes, conducts, promotes and sponsors public parades, festivals, concerts, exhibits and other events within the Downtown Denver area that celebrate, encourage, foster and promote cultural diversity, community pride and understanding of and appreciation for the visual, performing and culinary arts.

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Just to the east of Downtown Denver lies a neighborhood that spans the entire spectrum of housing styles, businesses and personalities. This diverse neighborhood is lovingly referred to as Uptown, and it is growing in popularity each year.

Part of the neighborhood’s dynamic personality is its array of great restaurants, from fancy dinner fare to funky breakfast nooks. Mix the good eating with some delightful boutique shopping, a spa or two, office buildings and two of the best small entertainment venues in Denver and you have a little something for everyone. Plus, it’s all located with incredibly easy access to the heart of Denver.

Perhaps one of the nicest things about this area is the mix of services and living styles all nicely melded together – restaurants and shops sit next to historic mansions, new construction lofts and condominium projects. Small office buildings are tucked next to great restaurants, and it’s easy to get around on foot.

A longtime anchor in Uptown is the complex of hospitals in the neighborhood’s core. St. Joseph Hospital, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente are major employers in the neighborhood, and many hospital supply stores, doctor’s offices and related businesses are located in nearby buildings.

The hospitals employ nearly 10,000 workers, so the neighborhood is always bustling as local coffee shops, sandwich shops and other establishments serve workers and families visiting the hospitals. On its southern boundary, Uptown proudly includes Colfax Avenue, where remarkable renovations have taken place and new retail, residential and office development is changing the landscape and creating even more reasons to love this neighborhood.

Boundaries

Broadway, Colfax Avenue, 23rd Avenue, Downing Street

Links

Colfax Business Improvement District

The Homes

The architectural styles and housing options in Uptown cover the spectrum from Denver Squares, Victorians, apartment complexes, bungalows, Queen Anne-style houses with second-story porches and much more. A majority of the neighborhood homes are single-family detached with tree-lined boulevards that separate sidewalks from the street.

Area Gems

The Fillmore Auditorium
First built as the Majestic Hall and Majestic Academy of Dancing in 1912, this building originally saw Wednesday night socials and masquerade balls. Over the years, it has been a dance hall, a roller rink and a concert hall. The refurbished Fillmore Auditorium is still the ticket to see and hear the most exciting up-and-coming talents.

Marcyzk Fine Foods
Marcyzk Fine Foods is a locally owned, full-service grocery store. Pete and Paul Marcyzk travel the globe to find the finest everyday and hard-to-find specialty goods for Denver foodies. The store is located in a mixed-use area of tree-lined streets, handsome Victorians and new loft projects.

Steuben’s
Steuben’s recreates an American regional classic. It is named after a restaurant that opened in Boston in 1945 by the owner’s great uncles. Steuben’s dishes are America’s cuisine and American’s interpretations of the dishes of our diverse cultural heritage.

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Meander down the blocks that comprise Lower Downtown, or LoDo, and you’ll move from beautiful, historically-preserved buildings to new lofts and some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment venues in town. This 25-block neighborhood is a marriage of western history, urban chic and gracious living. Best of all, the Colorado sunshine permeates this part of the city, warming balconies and decks and rooftop terraces.

Today, the neighborhood includes a vibrant combination of historical storefronts, brick warehouses, industrial buildings and commercial structures that have been renovated into offices, lofts and retail space. Today’s booming Lower Downtown was almost lost forever 40 years ago. After much of Denver’s industrial economy shifted away from the area, almost one-fifth of the buildings were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s, and other historic sites were in danger as well.

To preserve Denver’s legacy, Denver City Council created the Lower Downtown Historic District in 1988. This designation limited building heights, preserved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball and instituted strict guidelines for building rehabilitation and new construction. LoDo’s historic designation saved these beautiful blocks and helped create this mixed-use neighborhood that is also a regional destination attraction for entertainment.

Art galleries, restaurants, brewpubs, jazz clubs and specialty retail stores line the ground floors of historic buildings, while offices, condos and lofts sit above. The building height restrictions mean plenty of sunshine and a more “human scale” to this part of the big city. LoDo residents will tell you there’s a great sense of community in this very urban setting.

Neighbors greet each other on the streets each morning, and they’re on a first-name basis with many a shop owner, coffee barista or waiter in the area. Although this neighborhood is most certainly ensconced in the grit of the real city, residents are always just a few blocks from the Cherry Creek bike path and the 30-acre Commons Park in the Central Platte Valley.

Boundaries

Larimer Street, Speer Boulevard, Wewatta Street, 20th Street

Links

Lower Downtown District, Inc.
Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA)
Downtown Denver Residents Organization (DDRO)

The Homes

LoDo housing options range from expansive industrial style lofts to charming apartments. The majority of apartments and lofts are situated in historic buildings above stores and neighborhood bars.

Area Gems

Denver Union Station
Currently under transformation, the station will become a hub of the public and private local, regional, statewide and national transportation systems. The gorgeous architecture and rich history of this building make it one of the best treasures in the neighborhood.

Tattered Cover Book Store
With its hardwood floors, steaming coffee and overstuffed chairs, this Denver icon is much more than a bookstore. It is a gathering place for residents and travelers, a haven from winter’s cold or summer’s heat and a mecca for book lovers of all sorts.

Wynkoop Brewing Company
Colorado’s oldest brewpub, which was founded in 1988, is the Wynkoop Brewing Company. It is housed in the glorious J.S. Brown Mercantile Building, where hardwood floors, thick timber pillars and pressed tin ceilings still look much like they did to miners, ranchers and city folks shopping for goods in 1899.

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Stroll the streets of Downtown Denver’s La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood and you’ll be taken in by colorful lights decorating many of the homes, the smell of Latino dishes wafting out of windows and the charm of architecture that dates back to the turn of the century. This is a neighborhood teeming with a sense of family and one of the only places left where you’ll often find two and three generations still living in the same few blocks.

La Alma/Lincoln Park is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, and it lies just to the south of today’s Auraria Higher Education Center campus. This is where many a gold-seeker came to find fortune when Denver was settled in the 1850s. The homes here still reflect the rich culture and beautiful attention to architectural detail from that time period.

Bordered by 6th Avenue, Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Osage Street, La Alma/Lincoln Park is often referred to as the “West Side.” This charming neighborhood is incredibly close to the heart of Downtown, yet still attractively affordable. It’s a last oasis for those wanting to get into a historic neighborhood without the price tag that often accompanies such a venture.

In recent years, Santa Fe Drive, La Alma/Lincoln Park’s primary retail and commercial corridor, has come into its own. Revitalized and brimming with cafes, authentic Mexican bakeries, art galleries, photography studios and a variety of offices, this area is alive both day and night. Nearly 20 buildings along this stretch have new facades, including two refurbished historic buildings, giving the entire area a fresh, vibrant feel.

With newly planted trees, a mixture of ethnic cooking and modern offices and the festivities of Denver’s First Friday art gallery shows, the spirit of the city is reflected along each block of this neighborhood. Residents are equally proud to house the Denver Health Medical Center and Denver Public School’s West High School, as well as the Asian and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Latino Cultural and Visitors Center.

Boundaries

West Colfax Avenue, Speer Boulevard, 6th Avenue, Osage Street

Links

NEWSED Community Development Corporation
Museo de las Americas

The Homes

There are a variety of architectural styles and eras reflected in the homes of La Alma/Lincoln Park. Two-story brick Victorians, row houses, duplexes, brick bungalows and one-story stucco houses line La Alma/Lincoln Park’s streets. The 1,050-unit Parkway Center apartment and condominium complex is located at 12th Avenue and Galapagos Street, with a prominent frontage on Speer Boulevard.

Area Gems

Museo de las Americas
La Alma/Lincoln Park is proud to house the first museum in the region dedicated to the artistic and cultural achievements of Latinos in the Americas.

Sunken Gardens Park
Just east of West High School, you’ll find Sunken Gardens Park. Built in 1909 on the site of a city dump, it was created by landscape architect Saco DeBoer, the same architect who created Civic Center Park.

Lincoln Park
Even though this neighborhood is just minutes from Downtown, its own park gives it a suburban, family feel. This is where neighbors gather, children play and the community reconnects.

Buckhorn Exchange
This 105-year-old restaurant holds the state’s first liquor license and more mounted bears, deer, elk and other wildlife than you can count. It’s a treasure for those who want a taste of the real west.

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Just to the south of the Highland neighborhood, a community called Jefferson Park is situated on a perch overlooking Downtown Denver. Jefferson Park is named for the 6.7-acre park that has served as the central gathering place for neighbors and visitors since the early 1900s.

This neighborhood is sought after by those looking for homes close to the urban core in a district that offers apartments, condos and single family residences with yards. Its streets are dotted with a variety of housing styles and architecture from various eras, so it has a little something for all tastes and budgets.

Today, Federal Boulevard is this neighborhood’s main shopping corridor with several unique restaurants and shops. From its hilly vantage point, this quiet jewel of a neighborhood has stunning views of Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, the Children’s Museum of Denver, the Downtown Aquarium and the mountains to the west.

Boundaries

I-25, Speer Boulevard, Federal Boulevard, West Colfax Avenue

Links

Jefferson Park United Neighbors

The Homes

In Jefferson Park, single family homes from the early 20th century stand next to newly built apartment complexes and townhome projects.

Area Gems

Children’s Museum of Denver
This inventive, young-at-heart museum offers one of Denver’s best hands-on experiences for children newborn to age eight and their grown-ups. It is both educational and just plain fun. Here, the programs and playscapes are designed to engage children physically at the same time as they stimulate their minds and imaginations. Exciting programs and special events are constantly on the agenda.

La Loma Mexican Restaurant
Perched on a hill near 26th and Federal, you’ll find Denver’s La Loma Mexican Restaurant. This beautiful gem is located in a distinctive Denver home that was constructed in 1887. The home accommodates a cantina with a large fireplace and three unique dining rooms: The Colonial Room, The Victorian Room and The Galleria, all a blend of early American and Southwestern Cultures.

Jack-N-Grill
This funky neighborhood favorite proudly displays a sign saying “We are not fast food.” Locals say it is well worth the wait for Jack Martinez’s specialties. His food reflects Jack’s father’s motto: “Comida sin chile, no es comida,” or “A meal without chile is not a meal.” Chiles are roasted by the Martinez family on-site, and they’re also famous for their Frito pies and calabasitas.

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With its hilly, tree-lined streets and eclectic mix of housing, the Highland neighborhood overlooks Downtown Denver. Set up on a hill above the city, Highland residents say they have the unique feeling of living far away from the city’s hubbub while still being a quick bike or scooter ride from the heart of Downtown.

In recent years, this thriving area has become the place to be for young urbanites wanting to own homes close to Downtown. Its popularity has meant a boom in home sales, new buildings and the overall vibrancy of the neighborhood. Yet traditional bungalows and brick homes remain mainstays up and down each quiet street.

Sprinkled among the old homes and new lofts, you’ll find neighborhood churches, corner groceries and family-owned cafes and shops. There’s a little bit of everything from block to block, creating the neighborhood’s old-world charm. Highland’s rich ethnic history includes many waves of American immigrants – Italian, Irish, German and Mexican.

These families established the neighborhood’s still-thriving churches, businesses and cultural events and are the reason Italian and Mexican restaurants in the area are second to none. Highland is also characterized by its diverse age demographics. Here you’ll find young couples, elderly residents who have lived in the same house for decades and the largest population of kids aged newborn to five years in the City and County of Denver.

Part of Highland’s appeal lies in its unique commercial districts with locally owned specialty retailers and restaurants along 32nd Avenue between Tejon Street and Clay Street, LoHi Marketplace at 16th Street and Boulder Street, Upper 15th Street and the Navajo Street Arts District. On these city blocks you’ll find hip boutiques, art galleries, chic restaurants and a variety of shops selling everything from flowers to gourmet chocolates. On a warm afternoon, the neighborhood is alive with shoppers, coffee sippers and workers enjoying their lunchtime.

Boundaries

Federal Boulevard, 38th Avenue, I-25, 23rd Avenue

Links

Highland United Neighbors Inc.

The Homes

Highland offers a wide range of homes, including row houses, duplexes, apartments above retail shops, grand Victorian and Queen Anne mansions and post-WWII era single family detached houses. Many buildings are also being renovated into lofts, condos, studios and small offices.

Area Gems

Little Man Ice Cream
Little Man Ice Cream is handmade in small batches with some of the finest local ingredients. They go beyond the typical with vintage uniforms, big smiles and an “anything goes” attitude. Check out their fountain sodas, floats, malts, shakes, banana splits and sundaes.

LoLa
Named one of the top five places to drink tequila in America by Food & Wine, LoLa has become one of Denver’s most acclaimed restaurants, serving cuisine inspired by Mexico’s coastal regions. LoLa is in the original home of the Olinger Mortuary; below, the 1926 winter resting place of Wild Bill Cody is now their new tequila bar, BeLoLa.

Root Down
Open since 2008 in a former gas station, Root Down aims to connect the neighborhood to a dining experience in the same way ingredients are connected to food. Recently a sister restaurant, Linger, opened down the street.

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