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Get to know Central Park

Sprawling out just in the last quarter-century, the neighborhood formerly known as Stapleton is also Denver’s largest, taking the place of the city’s longtime international airport after its 1995 closure. It’s a transit-friendly new urbanist’s dream — a ride downtown, on the A Line, will silver-bullet you into Union Station in barely 15 minutes. This vibrant community enjoys an ideal mix of mostly-modern housing, ample parkland, and a growing mix of shops, eateries, and entertainment, affording a lifestyle as enviable as it is convenient. The Stanley Aviation building, a neon-signed midcentury wonder that once churned out ejection seats for fighter jets, is today a 140,000-square-foot urban marketplace slinging everything from gravy-slathered biscuit sandwiches. Sand Creek Regional Greenway and Bluff Lake Nature Center, one of the most significant wildlife refuges in the country, offer endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the area’s bucolic wilds.
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Living in Denver

The sky’s the limit in the Mile-High City, where the maverick spirit of the old west meets a modern metropolis as cutting edge as they come. First settled as part of Kansas Territory during the Pike’s Peak gold rush and initially called Montana City, the once rough-and-tumble settlement was later renamed for territorial governor James W. Denver — the name stuck, though like Dorothy it’s not in Kansas anymore. Denver has served as Colorado’s state capital since its admission to the union on August 1st, 1876. While there’s history everywhere, Denver has downloaded every possible upgrade: it’s one of America’s most advanced cities, from its high-tech business hubs to sleek, new electric commute trains that glide between downtown and the airport. The soaring metropolis—also a county—has 78 defined neighborhoods in total, from Victorian-castled Capitol Hill to the postindustrial-chic RiNo arts district. Couple that with world-class outdoor recreation, from trees to shining skis, and there’s just about every reason to give Denver a Rocky Mountain “hi.”

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