Denver is growing in all directions, with newness everywhere. There are new apartment buildings, new restaurants, new pot shops — new, new, new. And while some stats show that the millennial surge into the Mile High City has abetted to a degree, you can hardly look up without seeing a crane.
Such sprouting certainly has its advantages: cool new shit to do in new places with new people. Its disadvantages are well-documented, too, led by gentrification, absurd housing costs and traffic. However, if you’re just visiting Denver for a carefree weekend of joints and microbrews, local socioeconomic concerns don’t need to make your agenda.
What should be on it, though, is seeing some of the city in the way it used to be.
Travel guides often hinge upon the trendy. And while many hot spots in Denver are well worth a visit, you’d certainly be missing a large part of the town if you just, ya know, ate tapas on a chic rooftop the entire time.
My grandfather, father and I were all born in the same Denver hospital. That hospital, St. Joseph’s, was demolished a few years ago and a new building stands in its place. You’d be wise to head to one of the spots below before they suffer the same fate.
This isn’t meant to be exhaustive: some are institutions, others lesser known. They all remind me of my childhood and a time gone by, but there’s still some history to be made at each one.