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La Alma / Lincoln Park

La Alma/Lincoln Park is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, lying just to the south of today's Auraria Higher Education Center campus where Denver was settled in the 1850s by goldseekers. Many houses in this predominantly Latino neighborhood date from the turn of the century, and its proximity to Downtown and broad range of housing types make it an attractive center city neighborhood.

The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood--known to many as the West Side--is often identified by its primary retail and commercial corridor: Santa Fe Drive. The street has seen a significant amount of investment in recent years, as office users, shops, restaurants and banks have renovated building facades (nearly 20 buildings on Santa Fe have new facades, including two refurbished historic buildings). Business owners and neighborhood leaders have worked closely with the City to install street trees and other amenities to enhance the pedestrian environment. Other tenants along Santa Fe include an authentic Mexican bakery, galleries, a Spanish-speaking radio station, picture framers and specialty retailers.

The Denver Civic Theater is a Santa Fe Drive landmark. Opened in the 1930s as a movie theater, the building was variously used (including one stretch as a meatpacking plant) before a renovation in 1993 recast it as a neighborhood arts center with two theaters and a gallery. Local playwrights and a resident performance company have used the venue in recent years for a variety of dramatic productions.

Much of La Alma/Lincoln Park's housing is single family detached houses from a variety of architectural styles and eras. Two-story brick Victorians, row houses, duplexes, brick bungalows and one-story stucco houses line La Alma/Lincoln Park's streets. The 1,050-unit Parkway Center apartment and condominium complex is located at 12th and Galapagos Street, with a prominent frontage on Speer Boulevard. The new South Lincoln Park public housing facility was completed in 1996, replacing a dilapidated housing complex that was built in the 1950s.

Downtown is easily accessed from La Alma/Lincoln Park via RTD's light rail line, which has a station at 10th and Osage Street on the western edge of the neighborhood.

Also among the neighborhood's landmarks are: Museo de las Americas (also on Santa Fe Drive, the first museum in the region that is dedicated to educating the public about the artistic and cultural achievements of Latinos in the Americas), Denver Health hospital complex, Denver West High School, Lincoln Park, the Asian and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and Sunken Gardens Park along Speer Boulevard. A vacant building at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue that formerly housed Denver's courts and District Attorney offices was recently renovated into a Latino cultural and business center. Buckhorn Exchange, a 105-year old restaurant that holds the state's first liquor license, is also located in La Alma/Lincoln Park.

FACTS:

General boundaries: West Colfax Avenue, Speer Boulevard, 6th Avenue, Osage Street.

Population: 7,000

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