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Denver has its own distinct character from other big cities, but resting at the foothills of Rocky Mountain is what set Denver apart from other metropolitan cities in the country. The city rests on the prairie as the mountains served as a beautiful backdrop that dominates the horizon and much of its outdoor recreational activities.
Culturally Inclined Residents
There are many things that make Denver unique from other parts of the country. For one, Denver is the second highest educated population in the US with culturally diversified residents. Even before the city had its very own hospital or school, it had regular performances of Macbeth in the older days. Now, the Denver Performing Arts Complex has nine theaters with a seating capacity of 10,000 people. The city has implemented a self-imposed sales tax to fund its love for performing arts which amounts to $40 million annually. Festivities last all-year round even during the coldest of winter months as they have intimate venues like Paramount Theatre and the world-renown Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.
With a deep love for art, Denver is home to many architectural marvels of our time. Famous buildings in the city include the Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by international architect phenom Daniel Libeskind, which looks like a ship collided with an iceberg. Hailed as one of the best American West art museums, Denver has a collection of artworks from Frederic Remington Charles M. Russell and George Catlin. To top it off, it has a massive collection of 8,000 works of the Bauhaus master, Herbert Bayer.
The famous ‘LoDo’
Their Lower Downtown or more commonly known as ‘LoDo’, has the largest preserved collection of Victorian-era styled commercial buildings. It wasn’t easy maintaining these historical building but Denverites fought its way to have such preservations. Because they deeply treasure its historical value, they chose to save the area instead of having modern day skyscrapers dotting their views. For forty years, they had their ‘LoDo’ almost unchanged except for the fact it has a number of the shopping strip, great dining options, and entertainment area for everyone.
Denver retained most of its laid-back appeal and character because they have an enduring appreciation of their rich history and cohesiveness. Denver doesn’t just do the talking when it comes to preservation; they put a strong foothold to protect their historic buildings and to have vast open space even if it costs them.
More than just mountains
People would know Denver for its mountains, but it’s more than that. This is a city that takes their brews seriously. There are more than a dozen brewpubs in the city their baseball field is named after a famous brewery – Coors Field. America’s largest beer festival is celebrated in Denver with the annual Great American Beer Festival. Brewing companies make their first big step as new craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries opening in almost every corner.
But there taste for food is much more tantalizing than any other. Long before Green Chile was a big hit in New Mexico, Denverites raved about it in a smothering Mexican hamburger. Denver is one of the few cities that enjoy gourmet food truck and great dining options using only the freshest local ingredients.
Denver ranks as one of the most walkable cities in the US, with free public dog parks, skate parks, bike parks, grassy parks, walking parks, gay parks and the Red Rocks. The city enjoys 300 days of sunshine all year round which makes their winter months more exciting, attracting thousands of tourists each year. Ranking as the 10th largest downtown in America it has three major sports stadiums, three colleges, and museum within a mile of the walkable radius. It’s an understatement to say Denver’s economy is booming; its way beyond that. It has 300 restaurants, $100 million aquarium, $140 million themes and Water Park.
Denverites don’t need to know how important Mother Nature is, as they particularly love their trees and everything around them. With their humble beginnings starting out on the prairie without any trees, they planted each tree by hand and cared for it for a very long time. How far they go for their love of trees? During the Denver Tramway construction within the city, the then Mayor Robert Speer would not talk to the company until they planted hundreds of trees.
The city also has a sustainable and renewable energy with the construction of The Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage, a biomass gasification system. It turns human and animal waste into energy. The Denver International Airport (DEN) has its own solar power system in 2008. In 2006, John Hickenlooper, the former mayor promised to plant one million new trees in the city by 2025. Because Denverites are just pureblood nature lovers they had planted more than 2.2 million new trees as early as 2016.
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