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16th Street Pedestrian Mall turns 40

by The 100 Companies

Four decades ago, denizens of Denver first flocked to the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall which opened on Oct. 4, 1982 in historic downtown.

Over 200,000 visitors turned out to view the ceremonial parade through the important civic space deemed a world-class example of urban landscape design (with many arriving via free MallRide service, which RTD debuted the same day).

Designed by world-renowned architecture firm I.M. Pei & Partners (of Louvre Pyramid fame), the Mall features a sprawling 283,000 square feet of granite pavers in alternating hues of red, light grey and slate invoking the Western diamondback’s skin.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Colorado 100

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