Highlands Information

HIGHLANDS INFORMATION

Awards - Denver
"Best Cities for Business" 2001-2006 - Fortune
"Top10 Cities for Small Business" - Dun and Bradstreet
Mayor John Hickenlooper named one of the "Top Five Mayors in the Nation" 2006 - TIME
Fifth Fittest City in the Nation - 2005 Men's Fitness Magazine
Best City in the Nation for Singles - 2003-2006 Forbes Magazine
Third in the large metro area category for the Best Places for "Telework" (Metro Denver) - Sperling's Best Places and Intel Corp., 2006
One of the Top Seven "Cool" Cities for Young Professionals - Kiplinger Personal Finance, 2005
Third on the list of Best Cities for Relocating Families - National Relocation Conference Orlando, FL, 2006
Fifth on the list of Best Deals for Summer Destinations - CNNMoney.com, 2006

Boundaries
38th Avenue to Speer Boulevard and I-25 to Federal Boulevard.

Business
The City & County of Denver www.denvergov.org
Denver Chamber of Commerce www.denverchamber.org
Denver Office of Economic Development www.milehigh.com/oed/
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation 
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org

County
Denver

Downtown
Highland also offers a couple of unique commercial districts with locally owned specialty retailers and restaurants at 33rd and Tejon Street, and at 32nd Avenue between Zuni and Clay Streets. Residents in this predominantly Latino neighborhood patronize these popular districts' restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and specialty food stores. Another resurgent and popular commercial district is nearby at 32nd and Lowell, across Federal Boulevard in the West Highland neighborhood.

Drivers license bureaus and contact info
Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
Denver Athmar
1865 W. Mississippi #C, 80223
(303) 937-9507
www.dmv.org

Elevation
5,280 feet, the Mile High City

Government
Highland is in District 9 of the Denver City Council. Judy Montero is the Councilperson Phone: (303) 458-8960 E-mail: judy.montero@ci.denver.co.us

Colorado's governor is Bill Ritter and Denver's mayor is John W. Hickenlooper. Denver, the capital of the State of Colorado, is a consolidated city and county. It serves as the financial, transportation, and distribution center of the Rocky Mountain region. Denver was officially formed on November 7, 1861. A non-partisan elected mayor, auditor, and 13-member city council govern Denver. Nine main departments carry out the functions of city government.

History
The Highland region originated in 1858 when Denver founder William H. Larimer, Jr., waded across the Platte River to stake out high ground on the bluffs northwest of Denver. Bought and later sold by Reverend Walter M. Potter, the 320-acre area bordered by West 38th Avenue, Zuni Street, West 32nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard became home to many Scottish, German, Italian and English immigrants in the 1890s. Some of Denver's most architecturally diverse buildings exist here.

Household Stats
Median family income:
 $55,129 Denver
 $39,568 Highland
• Number of families:2,042
• Population Under 5 years old: 8.14%
• Population Aged 5 to 18: 16.79%
• Population Aged 19 to 64: 63.62%
• Population Aged 65 and older: 11.45%
• Residents with college degrees: 24.74%
• Highland is characterized by its diverse age demographics, and has the largest population of kids aged 0-5 years in the City & County of Denver.

Hospitals/Healthcare
Centura Health - St. Anthony's Central Hospital, 4231 W 16th Ave.
Centura Health - Porter Adventist Hospital 2525 Downing St.
Children's Hospital, 1056 E 19th Ave.
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, 1719 E. 19th Ave.
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, 3520 W. Oxford Ave.
Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock St.
Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, 1835 Franklin St.
National Jewish Medical & Research Center, 1400 Jackson St.
Rose Medical Center, 4567 E. 9th Ave.
University of Colorado Hospital, 4200 E. 9th Ave.

Safety and Law Enforcement
Denver Police Department
N.W. Denver
District 1 Substation
1311 W. 46th Ave.
Denver 80211
720-913-0400

Main Post Office
1766 W 46th Avenue
www.usps.com

Major Employers
First Data
Newmont Mining
Liberty Media
EchoStar Communications
ProLogis
Qwest Communications
Archstone Smith Trust
Liberty Global
Ball Corp.
Discovery Holding
Federal Government
State of Colorado
University of Colorado System
Denver Public School
City & County of Denver

Major Industries
Communications, Utilities, Transportation

Neighborhood Association
Highland United Neighbors Inc. (HUNI)
www.neighborhoodlink.com/denver/huni/main.html

Newspapers
Denver Post
Rocky Mountain News

Library Facilities
Denver Public Libraries
Central Library
10 W. Fourteenth Av. Pkwy.
Denver 80204
720-865-1111
www.denver.lib.co.us

Woodbury
303-455-3930
3265 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80211

Places of Interest

  • Potter's Row - a historic district of renovated Victorian houses on Bryant Street between 32nd and 34th Avenues.
  • West 28th Avenue Historic District - Tucked into a corner of the neighborhood overlooking the Central Platte Valley, this block-long historic district features beautiful turn-of-the-century flagstone houses and sidewalks, earning its name as "Stoneman's Row."
  • The Churches of Highland - Highland's early immigrant communities built striking churches that still stand today including Asbury, Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Patrick's and others. The tower on Asbury can actually be seen clearly from the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver.
  • Brick Bread Ovens - While not out in front for public viewing, a quaint piece of Highland history is the brick bread ovens in many backyards along Quivas Street. Years ago, men would fire up the ovens, the coals would be removed and then the women would bake bread. The neighborhood must have smelled delicious. Many of the homes with these ovens are still owned by the original families.

Denver City and County Building
Denver's LoDo
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Black American West Museum and Heritage Center
Children's Museum of Denver
Colorado History Museum - Denver
Denver Mint
Denver Firefighters Museum
Colorado Convention Center
Mizel Museum of Judaica
Museo de las Americas
Ocean Journey Aquarium
Coors Field
The Pepsi Center
Invesco Field at Mile High
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitor Center
Denver Performing Arts Complex
Denver Coliseum

Population
Highland: 10,353
Denver: 556,835

Recreation
The Denver center city neighborhoods are dotted with parks—Mestizo/Curtis Park (one of the oldest parks in Denver), Cheeseman Park in Capitol Hill, Sunken Gardens Park in La Alma/Lincoln Park, to name a few. Denver also has more than 650 miles of paved bike paths with great connections to Downtown. The two most prominent paths--Cherry Creek and South Platte--stretch southeast and southwest through the metro area, and converge at Confluence Park just minutes from the 16th Street Mall.

Denver has 5,643 Acres of Parks; 302 parks; 15 golf courses (public & private).

Sports Teams
In the past eleven years, new facilities have been constructed for five of the city's eight major sports franchises. Denver is the only city in the country to have eight professional sports franchises.

Colorado Rockies - Baseball
Denver Nuggets - Basketball
Denver Broncos - Football; 1998 & 1999 Super bowl Champions
Colorado Avalanche - Hockey; 1996 & 2001 Stanley Cup Champions
Colorado Mammoth - National Lacrosse League
Colorado Crush - Arena Football
The Colorado Rapids - Soccer
Denver Outlaws - Major League Lacrosse

Recreation Centers
Denver has 29 Recreation Centers; 26 swimming pools
135 miles of Hike-Bikeways
13,600 acres of Denver Mountain Parks throughout the greater metropolitan area

Sales Tax
7.6 %

Shopping Centers
Colorado Mills www.coloradomills.com
16th Street Mall - Denver 
Denver Pavillions - Denver www.denverpavillions.com
Cherry Creek Shopping Center - Denver www.cherrycreekmall.com
Larkridge - Denver www.shoplarkridge.com
Market Square-Union & Alameda - Denver www.marketsquarecenters.com

Schools/ Education Stats
Highlands is in the Denver Public School System. It has 74 public elementary schools; 17 public K-8 schools; 18 public middle schools; 12 public high schools; 19 Charter Schools of varying grade levels; 6 "Other" Schools; and 8 Alternative Schools.

• Webster Elementary School
  303-433-3336
  3635 Quivas Street 
• Valdez Elementary School
  303-433-2581
  2525 West 29 Avenue
• Horace Mann Middle School
  303-433-2553
  4130 Navajo Street
• Skinner Middle School
  303-433-8851
  3435 West 40th Avenue
• North High School
  303-964-2700
  2960 North Speer Boulevard
• Alternative School
  Contemporary Learning Academy
  303-433-8751
  2311 West 27th Avenue

Widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado.
www.dpsk12.org

The Cherry Creek School District is also in Denver.

Transportation
The Central Platte Valley, the South Platte River and I-25 create a series of buffers between Downtown and Highland, giving residents in Highland the advantage of quick accessibility to Downtown, while the neighborhood remains very much distinct from Downtown's core. 15th Street is the neighborhood's primary connection to Downtown.

Utility Companies and contact info
Denver Solid Waste Management Division
www.denvergov.org/dephome.asp?depid=370
Xcel Energy www.xcelenergy.com

Information Sources
The City & County of Denver www.denvergov.org
Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc. www.downtowndenver.com
Denver Chamber of Commerce www.denverchamber.org
Denver Office of Economic Development www.milehigh.com/oed/
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation www.metrodenver.org
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org
Denver.com www.denver.com/highlands

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