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The Spine of the City: Images of Broadway

Shipping crate art sculpture on Broadway. The street is the demarcation between east and west street numbers in Denver.

The Benjamin Moore Paints sign decorates Broadway.

Trinity United Methodist Church was built in 1888.

The golden dome of the Colorado State Capitol peeks out from blooming trees.

The Denver Art Museum.

A night view of the Denver skyline as seen from the Denver Art Museum.

The Denver Public Library at 1357 Broadway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Inside the Denver Public Library's Central Branch.

The Mayan Theatre on Broadway.

Happy Coffee gives South Broadway a caffeine fix.

The big red heel lets you know where True Love Shoes is located.

Various shops decorate Broadway in the Baker neighborhood.

3 Kings Tavern is a Broadway staple.

Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub on South Broadway.

The old Gates Rubber Factory is being torn down.

Former Future Brewing Company is a new brewery on South Broadway.

South Broadway's Antique Row.

Herman's Hideaway has been rocking South Broadway since 1962.

South Broadway is nicknamed the "Green Mile" because of its numerous marijuana dispensaries.

Broadway has been called Denver's spine. It's that -- and much more. In a photo essay, Confluence Denver Managing Photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn captures the street in all of its glory.
From the eastward curve as Brighton Boulevard just north of Blake Street, through downtown, the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Art Museum, the Mayan Theatre, Antique Row, and plenty of bars, dispensaries and car lots en route to the city limits at Yale Avenue, Broadway is the north-south heart of Denver.

Sure, Colfax Avenue might be longer, but Broadway is in many ways the city's soul, bookended by Five Points and Baker, with notable points on either side of both neighborhoods. Change is happening -- the century-old Gates factory is coming down, and the Golden Triangle is a development hotspot -- but the street's history continues to shine, with layer after layer from decades past.

Photos by Kara Pearson Gwinn
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