Speer Urban Hiking No One Lives Here
Shhh! Here’s the funny thing about Speer. It’s the neighborhood with the most millennials in Denver (42% of the neighborhood’s population is between 25-34!), yet lots of folks don’t know they live here.
That’s a funny thing living in one of the most convenient neighborhoods in Denver, yet no one knows where it is. But if you say Alamo Placita or West Wash Park, everyone says ah-ha. Problem is, according to the City of Denver, Alamo Placita and West Wash Park don’t exist. But Speer does.
In the Middle of Everything, Almost
The Speer neighborhood’s boundaries lie just south of Cap Hill and Cheesman, east of Baker and north of Wash Park. Officially, they are Seventh Avenue to the north, Downing Street to the east, Alameda Avenue to the south, and Broadway to the west. Yet person after person, when walking in the neighborhood and when we asked where they lived, not one said, “Speer.”
Funny how the neighborhood named after a Mayor who had some of the biggest impact on Denver is practically anonymous. Mayor Speer, who lived in a now-torn-down home in Alamo Placita and who developed the area along with creating the City Beautiful movement which brought the large boulevards, City Park, Civic Park, and many other landmarks Denverites love, would have probably been a bit embarrassed that no one knows where his namesake is. He certainly was a showman, and the homes in the neighborhood showcase his grandiose-ness as well.
Walk this Way
None the less, this wonderful neighborhood filled with homes from 1890-1930s or so and split in half by Speer Boulevard and the Cherry Creek, has wonderful community, convenience and connected-ness to downtown. It made for a great walk, too, despite having to brave the crossing of Logan and Speer to complete this 3.4 mile route.
Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.
What did you enjoy about this walk? How would you change it?
See you on the trail