Rebooting Denver History to Connect Auraria and Downtown [Confluence Denver]

I loved this recap of Denver’s original settlement and neighborhood. It offers a thorough description of issues past, present, and future…

Auraria  — that’s Latin for gold — sits next to the site of the original gold strike in 1858 that brought settlers to Denver. The modern neighborhood is a college campus that still attracts scores of newcomers, but Auraria has a different set of challenges today.

What began as a gold rush boomtown on Cherry Creek has morphed into a booming college campus — the largest in Colorado, with approximately 45,000 students.

Nearly 40 years have passed since the Auraria neighborhood became a campus, but integrating the area and its three resident institutions of higher education with the adjacent downtown remains a challenge, one that’s currently being faced head-on.”


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