Downtown Denver Information

Downtown Denver Information

Age Statistics
Median resident age: 33.1 years

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

Downtown Lifestyle Facts
9: Theaters in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, making it the second largest performing arts complex in the world
#1: Denver's ranking as a bicycle-friendly nation by Bicycle Magazine
450: Shops and restaurants in the heart of Downtown
250+: Nights per year that something—sports event, concert, or some type of entertainment—is happening at the Pepsi Center in Downtown
80: Acres of parks and open space in Downtown
35,000: Number of students at Downtown's Auraria Higher Education Center campus (Community College of Denver, University of Colorado at Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver)
11: Breweries, brewpubs and tap houses in Downtown

 

Boundaries
20th Street to Speer Boulevard, South Platte River to Lawrence Street.

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 www.metrodenver.org
Metro Denver Sports Commission www.denversports.org 
LoDo Denver www.lodo.org Downtown Denver Partnership

County
Denver

Downtown
Downtown is a great place in Denver to eat, shop and stay. A vibrant mixed-use neighborhood, Downtown Denver real estate offers something for everyone, from the day tourist to the lifelong resident. And, the historic buildings not only house a variety of shops, restaurants, and businesses, but they also create a unique urban living environment.

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
Downtown is mostly in Denver City Council's District 9, and Judy H. Montero is the councilperson. Phone: (303) 458-8960. A portion of Downtown is in District 8 and Elbra Wedgeworth is the councilperson. Phone: (303) 298-7641 E-mail: jelbra.wedgeworth@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
Downtown began as a frontier town, then became a red-light district in the 1920s and a warehouse district in the 1970s. Between 1960 and 1970, almost one-fifth of the area's buildings were demolished. City Council stepped in and created the Lower Downtown Historic District in 1988 to preserve historic buildings.

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
District 6 Substation
Central Denver
1566 Washington St.
Denver 80203
303-839-2100

Main Post Office
951 20th Street
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
St. Charles LoDo Neighborhood Association

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

Blair-Caldwell
2401 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80205
720-865-2401

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

Population
Denver: 556,835
Downtown is part of the 1.5 mile radius of Downtown's center in which 62,000 residents live. This area includes other neighborhoods, as well.
Downtown's population: 2,180

Recreation
Downtown residents enjoy proximity to outdoor parks and amenities, including the Cherry Creek bike path, the 16th Street Mall, and the recently completed 30-acre Commons Park in the Central Platte Valley. Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, anchors the neighborhood's northwest corner at 20th and Blake Street.

Denver's bike path system on Cherry Creek and the South Platte converge in Downtown Denver at Confluence Park. Biking, rollerblading, running and other outdoor activities are easily accessible. The League of American Bicyclists recently recognized Denver as a Bicycle-Friendly Community.

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.denverpavilions.com
Cherry Creek Shopping Center - Denver www.cherrycreekmall.com
Larkridge - Denver www.shoplarkridge.com
Market Square-Union & Alameda - Denver www.marketsquarecenters.com
Southlands - Aurora www.southlands.com
Park Meadows Shopping Center - Littleton www.parkmeadows.com
Flatiron Crossing - Broomfield www.flatironcrossing.com

Schools/ Education Stats
There are many quality schools located in Downtown Denver's center city neighborhoods. The list includes a range of elementary schools with unique curriculums, a bilingual magnet Montessori program for kids 3yrs to 2nd grade (Academia Ana Marie Sandoval), a charter school that uses Downtown as an "urban campus" (P.S. 1) to schools with highly gifted & talented programs (Crofton-Ebert Elementary and Morey Middle School).

The schools listed below are physically located in the downtown center city neighborhoods. The school's link takes you to the school's profile page on the Denver Public School's website; if the school has its own website, that link is listed as well.

Denver 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.

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
Downtown Denver sits at the hub of the entire regional transportation system. The neighborhoods here have quick access to light rail, bus routes and the mall shuttle. And Denver's highway system criss-crosses downtown so urbanites can get out of town in any direction when the mood hits. Downtown is also poised to be at the heart of the new FasTracks regional mass transit system as it is built out over the next ten years. Of course, it's also easy to navigate Downtown on foot, bike or scooter (and park for free). Common sense safety tips are available for residents who walk after dark.

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

Information Sources
Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association www.lodona.org 
Downtown Denver www.lodo.org
Downtown Denver Partnership www.downtowndenver.com
St. Charles Downtown Neighborhood Association www.neighborhoodlink.com/denver/stcharles/main.html

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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