The Lower Downtown Neighborhood (LoDo) is the original settlement of the city of Denver. The neighborhood, is immediately west of Downtown Denver. LoDo covers a 23 block area and contains both a historic district and the latest urban housing in lofts, condos and townhomes. Over 100 of LoDo's red-brick warehouses and commercial buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries have been transformed into restaurants, bars, art galleries and loft apartments.
LoDo is Denver's nightlife capital, packed with its trendiest restaurants, hottest bars and liveliest brewpubs. On weekends, LoDo sparkles with life as people stroll from one restaurant, bar or club to the next. On weekends there are many special events, fairs and festivals in Larimer Square and throughout LoDo. There are 30 art galleries, over 100 restaurants and numerous clubs and boutiques in the area. LoDo is bounded by Coors Field on the north and the Pepsi Center on the south, venues where the professional sports teams play. The walkable charm and endless options for entertainment have made LoDo a famous and desirable place to live.
Denver was founded in 1858 by General William Larimer, Jr. A fire in 1863 destroyed numerous wooden buildings which led to the use of the characteristic brick architecture found today. LoDo has evolved from a frontier town in the late 1800s, to a 1920s Market Street red-light district, to a warehouse center in the 1940s.
Twenty years ago, LoDo was still a warehouse district with just a few real estate pioneers trying to create new options for urban living. In 1988, LoDo was designated a historic district, and in 1991, Denver was approved for a major league baseball team to begin play in 1993. By the time Coors Field opened in 1995, the renovations and revitalization of LoDo had already begun and the area went from forgotten to a premier place to live in just a few years. The transformation of the neighborhood has been unlike any other in Denver. Today LoDo is a popular and sought after area in which to live.
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