The city of Denver is best described by those of us that life here as a series of neighborhoods connected by avenues that run east and west.
Central Denver is where the capitol is and down the street is the core of downtown Denver which oddly enough…is a patch of land that sits diagonally to the rest of the city.
The capital is on a very busy street called Colfax Avenue which is an east west street that runs 26 miles from Lakewood to Aurora. Visitors to Denver and residents alike know it is impossible to avoid Colfax forever…it has a reputation of being one of the busiest streets in town and also one of the most dangerous!
Let me explain though…
Despite the transients and homeless and the unsavory activities that every city deals with…there is another side. Major streets will have more foot traffic, more people and more crime than smaller, less traveled streets. Hotels and liquor stores are everywhere and Denver’s cross section of crime and criminals can also be found there but you can also use your common sense and be selective about when and where to go.
The city of Denver does have a transient population and some of them stay put and get jobs and housing and some of them don’t.
For example…there was a time years ago that people traveling on their way to California or New York stopped to take a break and rest up and discovered that their layover should be extended…then one day became two..and then before you know it they just decided to stay. That was the case throughout much of the 1970’s and 80’s.
Back then Capital Hill was the prime residential area for transplants and others with densely populated apartments conveniently located near many shops and mass transit.
Today Capital Hill is still a major residential area but the city of Denver has grown so much that the whole city absorbed newcomers and previously neglected neighborhoods began to swell with the new arrivals.
Generally speaking, the neighborhoods closest to downtown are the most popular and the price range of condominiums and apartments ensure something for everyone.
The surrounding towns and suburbs are also growing steadily and the greater metropolitan area annually expects to gain more residents than it loses.
The surrounding areas are Littleton, Highlands Ranch and Centennial to the south with Parker and Castle Rock even further south but remaining within commuting distance.
To the north of Denver city is Thornton, Northglenn, Westminster and Arvada with Boulder to the extreme north but still within commuting distance.
West of the city of Denver is Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Golden to the extreme west.
East of Denver is Aurora which has also become quite a popular city in its own right with a very large international community.
The diversity of Denver is celebrated with various ethnic influences and markets and festivals and all it takes to experience it is to get out and go around because it can be seen every day. You don’t have to wait for an annual festival to experience Denver’s diversity.