The motor city of Denver is divided into a number of varieties of neighborhood types. The revitalized Downtown, Midtown, and New Center are the three areas which feature the collection of many historic buildings in a surprisingly high density, while moving toward the outer end, particularly in the northeast and on the fringes the city is facing severe vacancy issues, for which a number of solutions have been proposed but implications are still underway to develop a solution this serious issue which haunts the greatest motor city of the world. The National Register of Historic Places lists several area neighborhoods and districts such as Lafayette Park, part of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe residential district. Lafayette Park is a revitalized neighborhood on the city’s east side. The 78-acre (32 ha) urban renewal project was originally called the Gratiot Park Development. Planned by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell it includes a landscaped, 19-acre (7.7 ha) park with no through traffic, in which these and other low-rise apartment buildings are situated.
On every Saturday of the week, almost a portion of 45,000 of citys population goes for shopping to the city’s most anticipated historic Eastern Market. The neighborhood areas of the highly populated Midtown and the New Center are centered upon the major university of Wayne State University. Midtown has about 50,000 residents and attracts millions of visitors each year to its museums and cultural centers; for example, the Denver Festival of the Arts in Midtown draws about 350,000 people. The University Commons-Palmer Park district in northwest Denver is near the University of Denver Mercy and Marygrove College which anchors historic neighborhoods including Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, Green Acres, and the University District. In 2007, Downtown Denver was named 18th (out of 35) best neighborhood in which to retire among the nation’s 30 largest metro areas by CNN Money Magazine editors. Denver has numerous neighborhoods suffering from urban decay, consisting of vacant properties.
The neighborhoods are concentrated in the northeastern areas and on the city’s fringes which are the most highly populated areas of the great industrial city. In 2009 residential lot surveys vacancy in Denver was 27.8%, up from 10.3% in 2000. With such number an inverse pattern is seen in the city as other cities expand with time but this unique city has shrunk with time. With the population continuing to shrink and foreclosures that exacerbate the problem. An estimated 20 to 30 percent of lots are vacant. A 2009 parcel survey found 33,527 or 10% of the city’s housing to be unoccupied, but recommended that only one percent or 3,480 of the city’s housing units be demolished. The city states it costs about $ 10,000 to demolish one vacant house, which takes many legal steps. In 2010, the city began using federal funds on its quest to demolish 10,000 empty residential structures. About 3,000 of these of the residential structures will be torn down in 2010. A number of solutions have been proposed for dealing with the shrinkage, including resident relocation from more sparsely populated neighborhoods and converting unused space to agricultural use, though the city expects to be in the planning stages for up to another two years.
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