Building our Center City,
Making our Place

Attracted to vibrant walkable districts and diverse residential amenities, more and more people are choosing to live in Downtown Denver and its center city neighborhoods.

Denver is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand cities in the U.S. and more than 80,000 residents choose to live within an approximately 1.5 mile radius of Downtown Denver, or what we call the center city neighborhoods.

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan highlights Downtown Living as a major component in creating a diverse city that is a socially and economically inclusive place. The Partnership is committed to ensuring diversity in housing type and affordability by advocating for residential development, affordable housing and Downtown amenities as parts of this important equation.

Residential Statistics

  • Approximately 80,000 people live in Denver’s center city neighborhoods
  • More than 10,000 units have been added since 2010.
  • 9,000 residential units are under construction.
  • The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in our center city is $1,413.

Advocating for Diversity in Housing Type and Affordability

The Downtown Denver Partnership works to advance a variety of solutions to center city housing, including advocating for construction defects reform, endorsing the creation of an affordable housing fund, and playing a key role in moving programs like the LIVE Denver program forward.

16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver

LIVE Denver Program

The Partnership helped establish and advance this public-private partnership designed to create immediate affordable housing options by connecting vacant market rate units with workforce families and individuals. The program is part of the City's 5-year Housing Strategy.

Arapahoe Square: Downtown's Next Great Neighborhood

Located southeast of the Ballpark neighborhood and just north of the Commercial Core, Arapahoe Square is one of the most underutilized areas of Downtown and perhaps has the most potential for redevelopment and revitalization in the coming years.

Center City Neighborhoods

Attracted to vibrant walkable districts and high-quality amenities, more and more people are choosing to live in Downtown Denver and its center city neihgborhoods.

The Latest on Living in Downtown Denver

Dec 26th 2018

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