Lower Downtown, or "LoDo"
Bounded by I-25 to the West, Larimer
Street to the East, Colfax to the South, and
23rd Street to the North.
The area is really made of of
many smaller neighborhoods that make up a
whole. I will not list all of the prominent
buildings in LoDo, but here are some that
played a vital role include Acme, Bradford,
Edbrooke, Henry Lee, Hungarian, Ice House,
Oxford, Morey, Rockmount, Rocky Mountain, S
and H Supply, Sugar, Streetcar Stables,
Union Station, Volker, Wazee Club and
Individuals of early
prominence would have streets named after
them, such as Blake, Delgany, Larimer,
Little Raven, Wazee and Wewatta, and
The viaducts served a
wonderful purpose to transport, but their
days were numbered. Lower Downtown was
changing from a town of the 20th Century to
a city of the 21st Century.
Hotel remodel was almost
completed and a small spirit was
emerging. The areas of LoDo
under the viaducts were getting
drier by the day and year.
Mortar was falling on the ground
and the wind was kicking up
visionary people realized the
potential of the revitalization
of Lower Downtown. The vacant
warehouses would become alive
again with retail and residents.
The much needed density and
energy to rebuild our city began
at that very moment. Some of the
people that created that moment
in time were Dana Crawford,
David Clamage, John Hickenlooper,
Gerry Glick, Jennifer Moulton,
Larry Nelson, Rick Pederson,
Bill Saslow, Charlie Woolley and
Architects and construction
companies playing an integral
part of this energy were Blue
Sky Studio, Josh Comfort,
Emerson, Spectrum, Sprung.
So there I was, climbing to the top of a
building, inside a huge warehouse with the
sweet smell of a timber building, or on top
of an incredible old building looking onto
the city, or on top of a bridge trestle top over
Cherry Creek River.
Some days I contemplated
the flatlands behind Union Station, the
Platte Valley area, and saw huge "fields"
waiting to rise. It was a journey of a life
time to do some of these things I loved.
- Kim Allen