With dozens of shops and eateries, this mile-long downtown landmark is a huge draw to visitors and locals alike. The length is serviced by the free MallRide shuttle bus for easy access to the Denver Pavilions on the south end housing 12 movie theaters and even more retail shops and places to eat. Heading north, pedestrians strolling along don’t have to turn back as the walkway continues into Commons Park and onto LoHi (Lower Highland), where even more eateries and shops await discovery. The mall was designed by architect I.M. Pei who used a repeating pattern of red, white, and grey granite so when seen from above, it looks like the scales of a diamondback rattlesnake.
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Did You Hear That?
It’s easy to miss, but hard to ignore. As you stroll the 16th Street Mall, head toward Curtis Street and go west down the north sidewalk of the 1500 block. As you walk you’ll hear sounds from below that just do not belong—farm animals, underground trains, rushing water and almost 100 other bizarre soundtracks. Sound Walk by Jim Green has been fooling and confusing pedestrians for over 20 years through tape recorders hidden in grates. What will you hear?