Downtown Denver is the main financial, commercial, and entertainment district in Denver, Colorado. There is over 23,000,000 sq ft (2,100,000 m2) of office space in downtown Denver, with 130,000 workers. The downtown area can be divided into six or seven main districts: Union Station, LoDo (however, Union Station is often considered to be part of LoDo), Ball Park, Central Downtown, Civic Center, Upper Downtown, and Arapahoe Square. Within those districts are many smaller features, districts and squares. Some of the more popular features include the 16th Street pedestrian mall, built in 1982, Larimer Square, the re-emerging Theatre District near Curtis and 14th, and Civic Center Park. Surrounding neighborhoods include Capitol Hill and Uptown to the east, Highland to the west, Five Points to the north, and the Golden Triangle to the south.
As of 2008, there are 34 buildings in the downtown area reaching over 300 ft. This count does not include the recently completed One Lincoln Park (380 ft) or the Spire (478 ft) and the Four Seasons (565 ft) both under construction. See the List of tallest buildings in Denver.
Denver has made a strong effort to centralize its commercial and entertainment interests in the Downtown area. Currently, it is home to both Coors Field and Pepsi Center, and roughly a mile from nearby Sports Authority Field at Mile High. LoDo and the 16th Street mall are home to hundreds of bars, restaurants, and cafes, attracting many residents from the metro area and supporting the 10,000 plus residents living in the central business district. Additionally, Downtown Denver is home to the second largest Performing Arts Center in the United States.
Downtown Denver also houses a smaller Federal District consisting of four blocks around Champa, Stout, 19th and 20th streets. This district contains a federal courthouse, the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building, a U.S. Court of Appeals, and a US Customs House. Not a part of this district is the Denver Mint, which actually lies behind the City and County Building at Civic Park.
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