Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Denver -- A Booming City

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Denver -- A Booming City

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Denver is a clean, young and green city with over 200 parks and dozens of tree-lined boulevards. The architecture reflects the city's three boom periods: Victorian, when silver was discovered in Leadville; turn-of-the-century, when gold was discovered in Cripple Creek; and contemporary, when the energy boom added 16 skyscrapers to the downtown skyline in a three year period.

Although 20th in population, Denver has America's 10th largest downtown based on office space, retail space and the amount of downtown workers. The walkable downtown is divided into two areas: the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shopping centers; and LoDo, a 26 square block historic district filled with century old brick warehouses that now are home to restaurants, galleries and shops.

Located on the southern end of the 16th Street Mall, the new Denver Pavilions is a three-level outdoor shopping and entertainment complex, all centered under a gigantic, lighted "Denver" arch which is in walking distance of the Adam's Mark Hotel. Tenants include an energetic Hard Rock Cafe, a Virgin Records megastore, Barnes & Noble superstore, Nike Town, Wolfgang Puck Cafe, and Magianno's Little Italy, as well as a 15-screen movie theater and some 30 other shops. …

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