SoBo, SoBro, BISON? Denver Pushes South

2014 October 31
by David Schlichter
South Broadway development has included the removal and cleanup of the old Gates Rubber Factory.

Sights like these are becoming increasingly uncommon on South Broadway where development has included the complete removal and cleanup of the old Gates Rubber Factory.

One of the most highly read articles on this site is this one, a piece I did on how River North (RiNo) just may be the most up-and-coming part of Denver.  Downtown Denver has literally only one direction remaining to expand contiguously where there is still abundant vacant land, old warehouses, and abandoned buildings sitting ripe for development.  That direction is northeast, and the neighborhood is called RiNo.

But that doesn’t mean that Denver is only expanding in a northeastern direction.  To the west of downtown, for example, as young families get priced out of living in neighborhoods like the Lower Highlands (LoHi), neighborhoods like Sunnyside and Berkeley have started to blossom.  To the east, a combination of high home values in Whittier and the progress in Five Points and RiNo is leading to progress in Cole and Clayton–and that is before mentioning the great things that are happening in Park HillOne direction that doesn’t get as much attention, though, that has seen some significant changes in recent years is south–particularly along South Broadway.  Eric Peterson with Confluence Denver put up a very thorough article earlier this week describing in detail many of the positive changes occurring in the area, highlighting several microbreweries, residential units, restaurants, and other businesses that will bring new life to the area.  I encourage you to give it a read.

Call it SoBo (South Broadway), SoBro, or, as Eric suggests, BISON (Broadway from I-25 South in the Overland Neighborhood), whatever it is, South Broadway is a clear pathway for new businesses to bring new life to a commonly under-featured part of Denver.  With the light rail nearby, plenty of affordable housing stock available for sale, a major university not far away (University of Denver), the former Gates Rubber Factory site ready for development, and a medical campus ready for expansion (Swedish Medical Center), as Denver continues to grow I predict that this will become a prime area for commercial and residential real estate for many years to come.

[Photo credit: Kamal Hamid, Flickr Creative Commons.]

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