Lower Downtown District, Inc.


Nov 17, 2000

Presidential Act

It took a presidential "act" to finally get the alleyway paved between 16th/17th and Wynkoop and Wazee Streets. The asphalt was laid last month when President Clinton came to lunch at the Oxford Hotel. The visit created quite a stir in LoDo. Local streets were blocked off for the Presidential motorcade, and sharpshooters lined the tops of
buildings. Though local residents were instructed not to open their windows during the visit, the ones who peered through glass on October 14th had a great view of LoDo's presidential scene.

Pumpkin Launch

Over 15,000 people turned out for the 2nd Annual Denver Urban Gardens Jack O'Launch at the Historic Delaney Farm in Aurora. Thirteen kinetic squash-hurling contraptions competed to break the local pumpkin tossing record. LoDo's own Spectrum General Contractors, led by Charley Simpson broke and held the record of 500 feet only to be out-hurled by Caveman.com's 25-foot cottonwood-tree-turned-sling. The Mad Scientists Club of Denver participated with an exhibition air cannon which sent ten pound pumpkins flying over 1,000 feet, almost making a hole-in-one at a
nearby golf course. Check out www.dug.org during the year for information on next year's extravaganza.

Domestic Violence Benefit

Union Station was the venue for a free concert benefiting Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Project Safeguard, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Denver County Safehouse were among the non-profit groups who sponsored the event. Find out more about next years benefit at www.JenniferSweete.com.

New LoDown Editor

Best wishes from LoDown to former editor Laurie Uttich, who is moving on to other grand opportunities. Thanks, Laurie, you've done a great job and LDDI will miss you.

Taking over is Melanie Stephens, who brings years of writing and photography experience to the position. "LoDo's the best part of living in Denver," she says. Welcome Melanie!

New Market Opens

Jody's Market is now open for business at 1512 Larimer St. This new neighborhood market in Writer's Square offers meat (and an on-premise butcher), fish, fresh fruits, frozen foods, cheeses, fresh bread, bakery items and a coffee bar. Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week.

Thanks David!

Special thanks to David Clamage for his considerable donation to LDDI
from the cirque de Soleil beverage sales proceeds. We appreciate it,

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