"Urbane Mecca of the Rocky Mountains" Top 5 Page for this destination Denver by atufft
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For a long time Denver was a city of has been gold miners, ski bums and cowboys, having rail yards, and little more. It lay on the western high prairie, a dead-end before the climb over the Rockies. A place where cheap beer was made. During the 19th century, Cheyenne to the north was actually a bigger city than Denver, being a more important rail stop between the east and California. Denver's small cluster of two and three story brick buildings weren't architecturally significant, and for those looking for urban pleasures had to either head 600 miles east over dull prairie to dusty Kansas City, or nearly 1300 miles west, over at least two mountain ranges, and the Great Basin desert to San Francisco. Now, Denver's reputation as the "mile high city" and the gateway to some of America's greatest ski resorts, has evolved into a hip place where high tech and healthy living is king. And, since this newer industry brings in bigger revenue, Denver has wasted no time in building itself up to a point where it now rivals Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and Phoenix for great western living. In my humble view, it still falls short of San Francisco and Los Angeles, being a bit provincial in some elements of urban life.
The 16th Avenue Mall is the starting point for visitors, providing a wonderful pedestrian walk along what was once a major boulevard crammed with cars. A free shuttle transit along this 1.25 mile route eases the burden of walking and shopping. At one end is the Civic Center, Capitol Mall area, while the other end is the Union Train Station, now restored for RTD transit. So, besides the Mall Ride bus, there is also easy access to the RTD Light Rail system of 5 lines that service some 37 stations within the Denver metropolitan area. Moreover, since Denver is a sports oriented city, its network of bicycle trails and lanes is among the best in the nation. Downtown Denver has some 50 stations providing 500 bicycles for hourly rent, a service provided through the B-cycle vending system. This appears to be a unique success for Denver, although Portland and Sacramento are also western urban leaders in this green technology movement.
During my most recent adventure in Denver, I managed to get into the neighborhoods of Denver. The most important that I found is the South Pearl Street neighborhood, a mixed commercial and single family residential neighborhood where bicycle, coffee, and boutique shops provide a human scale atmosphere.
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