Tuesday 23 April, 2013
Capitol Hill is the area that’s sectioned off by Broadway to the west, Colfax to the north, Seventh Avenue to the south, and Downing to the east (although some say it goes further east). It’s named after the State Capital, which sites at its northwest corner. Capitol Hill is one of the city’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods and it can be a great place to locate your Denver business.
A Center of Diversity
If there’s one thing that sets Capitol Hill apart from other neighborhoods, it’s the diversity. There are people of all races, ages and walks of life. Tattooed hipsters live in old Victorian apartments. It’s the heart of Denver’s GLBT community and there’s a thriving independent music scene.
Long ago, this was the rich folks’ part of town and it still retains that charm. There are historic buildings like the Molly Brown House and Poet’s Row. In more modern times, poet Allen Ginsberg and writer Jack Kerouac called Capitol Hill home.
Mixed in among the area’s residential neighborhoods are coffee shops, restaurants, bars and lounges of all shapes and sizes. Its many bars and clubs offer a spectacularly varied nightlife scene full of local character. You’ll also find quiet parks to stroll like the sprawling Cheeseman Park.
Capitol Hill for Businesses
Capitol Hill offers a number of advantages for businesses. The main advantage is its location. You can’t get any more central than this without being in the skyscraper district. Capitol Hill is Denver’s most densely populated area and there is always a lot of foot traffic.
Several of Denver’s main arteries pass through or by Capitol Hill. Broadway and Colfax, which border the neighborhood to the west and east respectively, are the main arteries of the city. East 13th and 14th Avenues are one way streets going from east to west that have a steady flow of traffic. Bus routes connect Capitol Hill streets to the rest of the city.
A number of festivals are held in or near Capitol Hill that offer great opportunities for businesses in the area either to participate or take advantage of the increased pedestrian traffic. A Taste of Colorado and the People’s Fair are held at Civic Center Park on Broadway. Cinco de Mayo and Denver Pride Fest, one of the biggest in the country, are held in Capitol Hill itself.
Decades ago, Capitol Hill was scummy and dangerous but it has undergone gentrification on a massive scale. Portions of East Colfax are still undergoing redevelopment because of its importance as a Denver business artery. It’s a place to live for upscale folks who want to be in the city but want to live somewhere nice. Many small start-ups and tech businesses call the area home.
The only downside to Capitol Hill is that there is still some crime and vandalism, especially after dark, but it’s no worse than any other urban area.
Denver’s Capitol Hill is a great place if your business wants to be located in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood that the hip and urban call home.