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Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is in many ways a resurrected neighborhood. Much of the old neighborhood's single family houses were removed during the 50s, 60s and 70s and replaced by service businesses, car repair lots and surface parking. Now the residential population is back on the rise.

The Golden Triangle is bordered by Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street, just to the south of Downtown Denver. The neighborhood's current growth has been driven by several new construction developments with for-sale condominiums and lofts, as new residents are attracted by the neighborhood's central location and proximity to Downtown.

The Golden Triangle's north side hosts some of Denver's most prominent cultural attractions in the Civic Center Cultural Complex: Denver Art Museum (now beginning a $62.5 million expansion by Berlin-based architect Daniel Libeskind, who was recently selected as architect of the rebuilding of of New York City's World Trade Center), the Michael Graves-designed Central Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum, Denver Mint, Byers-Evans House and Civic Center Park. Acoma Street, the primary corridor through the Golden Triangle to the Civic Center Cultural Complex, recently received significant streetscape upgrades; it will serve as the promenade and outdoor gathering place for the expanded art museum.

The area was platted and developed early in Denver's history with single family houses, Victorians and small brick bungalows, most of which are no longer standing. After World War II, the neighborhood was seen as an emerging business support area for Downtown, and many car repair garages, car dealerships, printers and supply stores moved in; surface parking lots also proliferated during this time. An early 1980s plan to build a convention center at 13th & Broadway was scuttled when the current location at 14th & California Street in Downtown's central business district was selected.

There have been more than 500 housing units added during this decade, mostly in new construction, for-sale condominiums. More than 200 units are under construction. While for-sale condominiums are prevalent, a unique neighborhood member is the Forum SRO Apartments, a 100-unit apartment building for homeless men and women that was created two years ago in a former University of Denver office building. Golden Triangle residents have quick access to the Cherry Creek bike path and Civic Center Park, and the 16th Street Mall in the heart of Downtown Denver is only a 12-15 minute walk away.

The Golden Triangle is transforming into a mixed-use neighborhood, home to restaurants, two child care centers, a dance club and seven art galleries. Several former garages and industrial buildings have been renovated for use by law firms, architects, interior designers and other small office users. Some office buildings are undergoing renovations along the Golden Triangle's Broadway corridor.

Other neighborhood anchors include P.S. 1 (a Denver Public Schools charter school in the renovated Rocky Mountain Banknote Building) and the Acoma Center (a performance venue in a former Acoma Street church that offers theater, films and lectures, and also serves as the de facto Golden Triangle community center).

For full updates on what's going on in the Golden Triangle area, visit the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association website.   On each first Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Golden Triangle Arts District produces "First Friday," with a free "Art Bus" to shuttle passengers to neighborhood gallery openings, participating museums and artist's studios. It's a great way to explore the neighborhood.

FACTS:

General boundaries: Speer Boulevard, Lincoln, Colfax Avenue

Population: 630

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