As thriving as South Broadway is today, it wasn't always that way -- the Mayan was almost razed

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These days, South Broadway is a thriving nightlife district that has undergone a cavalcade of changes in the past few years. As much of a makeover as the strip has had, though, not everybody's stoked with the changes. If you've logged on to Facebook, you've no doubt seen posts from some people expressing their displeasure, or if you've been to the area recently, you might've seen how some have taken an even more direct approach to making their point (see the "Keep Lodo Off Broadway" stickers hanging around the Baker neighborhood).

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Some folks are clearly put off by the changes to the nightlife landscape on South Broadway, while others merely see it as an inevitable progression. Either way, it's been a hot topic of conversation, often polarizing and certainly emotionally-charged. Hard to believe that once upon a time not all that long ago, this sort of discussion would've been moot.

While it's hard to picture now, especially seeing how bustling the strip is these days, during the Reagan era, this part of town was much less traveled. Take the Mayan Theatre, for instance, which is now, of course, a shinning beacon of South Broadway; there was a point when it was inexplicably in danger of being torn down. It's hard to even believe this was even a consideration, much less a possibility. Alas, though, it was. We just came across this vintage news clip from that era talking about it that someone just posted on YouTube. Talk about taking a step back in time.

Revitalization clearly saved this landmark, and you have to wonder if, in turn, its revival helped energize and revitalize the businesses around it. If so, what effect do you think the current changes will have on the future of South Broadway? Where do you see it heading? In a good direction or bad -- or is really not quite that simple? Feel free to share your thoughts below.





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jh_303
jh_303

I lived by coors field a few years ago, now I live two blocks from punch bowl and the increased foot/vehicle traffic doesnt bother me at all, some of the brain's making the feet move on the other hand.  It COULD getting annoying in a few more years, would anyone prefer the neighborhood to be going in the opposite direction???  Any investors out there that want to jump on a hot opportunity should look at the old kitty theater (yikes!!) and the vacant lot right next to it... (p.s. Baker and s. broadway passed "hipster" status long ago, someone called it "the most edgy neighborhood in Denver") so I guess I'm edgy not hip now, lol

SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

Broadway, 74.67% less stabby than Colfax

D.j. Horton
D.j. Horton

Andrea, tell me about all the non-corporate culture in North Dakota that apparently Denver knows so little about. "Segregationist?"

almostenglewood
almostenglewood

keep up the southward progression.  my EXTREME South Broadway property values will thank you.

Peter Hoang
Peter Hoang

my thoughts exactly. i don't see the same people complaining about their property values skyrocketing over the last few years

Aubree Brooke Topai
Aubree Brooke Topai

Kort Jay haha this article totally relates to what we were talking about yesterday.

jmpmk2
jmpmk2

As I walked past another rooftop bar going in down there, I couldn't help but feel the neighborhood is starting to take on the appearance of 6th street in Austin.  Yeah, I identify with some of the protectionist mentality too, but I also remember all the talk I've heard for years about trying to turn the area into a great music strip of the same mold.  This is what we've asked for, and it seems disingenuous to be complain about the increased foot traffic, wherever it comes from.

Kitty Lydia G
Kitty Lydia G

Please don't go ruining South Broadway!!!!!!

Andrea Denault
Andrea Denault

"Keep LODO off Broadway" is segregationist and immature. Broadway has an emerging strip of small indie businesses that are flourishing and if the people who want to spend money in LODO also want to spend their money on Broadway why stop them? I find it refreshing to know that the stereotypical LODO-er is choosing to support small businesses and in general helping to ween Denver off the corporate chain store/restaurant culture such as the monstrosity that is 16th Street Mall. Hipsters should chill out. After they're done cashing in on all the money they've made by catering to "the LODO crowd" they can just run off the gentrify some other neighborhood.

Andrew Schoedel
Andrew Schoedel

There isn't enough parking to accommodate all those suburbanites down here, they should stay in LoDo where they belong.

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