A Walk Up The 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado

Designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, the pedestrian promenade is made of red, white and gray granite in a repeating pattern that, seen from above, resembles the skin of a diamondback rattlesnake. Free shuttle buses, dubbed the MallRide, travel up and down the 16th Street Mall, stopping on every corner. Hop on and hop off as the shuttles come and go every few minutes and make everything downtown easy to reach.

The mall offers Denver’s best people watching. There are 42 outdoor cafés along the mall, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Denver Pavilions, near the south end of the mall, is a shopping and dining complex with 12 movie theaters and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. At the north end of the mall, 16th Street continues as a pedestrian path over three bridges connecting downtown to Commons Park and LoHi, a hip neighborhood filled with restaurants and brewpubs. Points of interest along the mall include the D&F Tower, a two-thirds replica of the Campanile of St. Mark’s in Venice that was the highest building west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1909.

After dark, horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs carry people up and down the mall, while nearly a million lights twinkle above in the more than 200 trees that line the promenade.


  1. I used to live there in the Capital Hill neighborhood and was on the 16th street mall all the time. You were either getting swarmed by panhandlers or trying not to slip on the thin ice after it would snow.

  2. Homeless camps at one end of the mall in front of a damaged and shot up Capitol building. Drugged up zombies walking the mall and swinging pipes at people. Roaming Antifa gangs with support of city police chief. Used to be a wonderful city but sliding quickly into decay.

  3. This looks a bit like Los Angeles downtown, I think, but of course much smaller scale. I always have to admire how clean everything is in American cities, in most places, everything so tidy and clean, sophisticated people, looks well organized, happy and relaxed for most part. One always thinks American cities would be much more crowded, compared like maybe in Asia, but no, absolutely not, I find, that even New York City is not too crowded, comparing with Asian cities or Moscow and St. Petersburg also, you have many wide open spaces even in big cities ion America and people do not bump into each other.
    Looks like great life definitely.

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