a block to view street level elevation photos and other information about the block. A yellow outline represent the location of
an urban infill
Downtown, or "LoDo" as it's known locally, represents one of the greatest
urban revitalization stories in the country. As the birthplace of
Downtown, this area was Denver's commercial center from
the city's founding in 1858 through the early part of the 20th century.
But by the 1970s, LoDo had become the city's skid row, and as late as
the 1980s, was dominated by vacant buildings, crumbling infrastructure, vagrants,
graffiti and litter. Also during this era of decline, about 20% of the historic
buildings in LoDo were demolished.
Thanks in part to the creation of the Lower Downtown Historic
District in 1988 and the construction of Coors Field in 1995, the area has
been completely revitalized.
Virtually all of the 100-plus historic buildings have been restored and the area is now
dominated by lofts, shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and
some of the highest property values in the city. New construction is now
common throughout Lower Downtown,
with mixed-use infill projects occupying surface parking lots.