Downtown Denver

Denver's main financial, commercial, entertainment, and business district is Downtown Denver. Downtown Denver boasts over 23 million square feet (2.100,000 m2) office space and 132,000 employees.

The central area of downtown consists mainly of the neighborhoods around Union Station and Central Business District. LoDo and RiNo are two notable districts in downtown. The 16th Street pedestrian mall, Larimer Square and the re-emerging Theatre District close to Curtis and 14th are some of the most popular attractions. Civic Center Park is another. The surrounding neighborhoods include Capitol Hill to the east and Uptown to west, Highland to to the north and Five Points to to the north and the Golden Triangle south.

There are currently 34 buildings in the downtown area that measure over 300 feet (91m) tall. This does not include One Lincoln Park (380ft, 120m) or the Spire (478ft,146m) which are both currently under construction. Check out the Denver Top Ten Buildings.

Denver has made great efforts to consolidate its entertainment and commercial interests in the Downtown. It is home to both Coors Field as well as the Pepsi Center. It is also just a mile from Empower Field at Mile High. LoDo and 16th Street Mall are home to hundreds, restaurants, and cafés. They attract many residents from the metropolitan area and support the 10,000+ residents who live in the central business district. Downtown Denver also houses the second-largest Performing Arts Center in America.

Downtown Denver also has a smaller Federal District that spans four blocks around Champa and Stout, 19th, and 20th streets. This district houses a federal courthouse, The Byron G. Rogers Federal Building. It also houses a U.S Court of Appeals and a US Customs House.

Occidental Petroleum has its Denver office at the Granite Tower in Downtown Denver.

The Downtown Denver Partnership led the lobbying effort to get an ordinance passed that gave the police a tool to enforce the city's prohibition on homeless people being in the way of tourists and residents. Walter Isenberg, Vice-Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership board, was a major donor to Denver's Road Home agency on homelessness. The ban, now Sec. 38-86.2. of Denver Municipal Code was passed May 14, 2012 and supersedes Section. 38-86.1. provided shelter for the homeless in downtown Denver between 9:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. The Denver City Council approved the ban by a 9-4 vote. Several organizations oppose the ban on criminalizing homelessness, including Denver Catholic Worker, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Denver Homeless Out Loud. After surveying 512 homeless persons, Denver Homeless Out Loud produced a report about the impact of the "Urban Camping" Ban.

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