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February 3rd, 2010Good news for shoppers at a cost to vendors

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by Dave Delozier
9News.com

Denver, CO – It has been 25 years since the 16th Street Mall in Denver has seen any significant changes. It is hoped by later this year it will.

There are currently around 30,000 people that visit the mall daily. Those primarily are business people working in the vicinity of the mall. The Downtown Denver Partnership wants to make the pedestrian mall more of a destination location for the tens of thousands of residents in the area and the millions of tourists that visit Denver every year.

“We need to make sure we’re positioning ourselves to take advantage of that and give those folks a reason to come downtown,” Jim Kirchheimer, Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Denver Partnership, said.

The vision they have for the 16th Street Mall is to model it after highly successful pedestrian malls in Boston and Santa Monica. Those two developments have permanent kiosk-type structures occupied by vendors. The Downtown Denver Partnership is working to identify locations on the mall where similar type kiosks might be located.

It is believed the kiosks will attract vendors offering a wide selection of merchandise and services.

“People that can’t necessarily afford traditional space on the mall, but have a good product, a good service or a good idea. This will give them an opportunity to get their business going,” Kirchheimer said.

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