What You Need To Know
Just south of and running parallel along the South Platte River, lies Speer, a small Denver neighborhood in the heart of the city that’s experiencing a growth spurt! With a high concentration of young professionals, Speer/Alamo Placita (part of Speer) has become a popular hub for anyone who wants access to Downtown living without the noise of city life.
Instead of high-rise apartment buildings and loud sounds of a bustling city, Speer/Alamo Placita is full of simple, quiet, tree-lined streets with overhanging shrubbery and charming bungalows. Large houses sit quaintly placed next to historical churches and modern apartment buildings. Walkable, bicycle-friendly paths surround the neighborhood providing swift access to community gardens, businesses, and nearby restaurants.
The significance of Alamo Placita’s history, architecture, and geography earned its designation of the Alamo Placita Historic District in 2000 by the City Council, as recommended by the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission. The area is named after Alamo Placita Park, located in the northeast portion of the neighborhood.
Alamo Placita / Speer Hangouts
Living in Speer/Alamo Placita means you’re right around the corner from the plethora of art, culture, and entertainment that Denver has to offer! Soak up local color at Denver Art Museum or Denver Botanic Gardens, or catch a live play at Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Gaze up at the stars in the planetarium at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, or visit our furry friends at the Denver Zoo.
You’re also a short ride away by bike or RTD bus from some of Denver’s oldest and most beautiful concert theaters on E. Colfax Ave. Be sure to catch a music show at the Bluebird Theater, Fillmore Auditorium, or Ogden Theatre!
Clubs, Pubs and Love Hubs
With Capitol Hill and Downtown on its borders, your Speer/Alamo Placita home is minutes away from endless nighttime fun! At Capitol Hill, DJs spin it up inside The Church on Lincoln St., a historic nightclub of stone and stained glass. Top jazz clubs, like DazzleJazz, also on Lincoln, allow for some cool gettin’ down while singers belt out the blues and jam away on piano and sax. Cap Hill is the place for after-hour parties at post-2am clubs, too, so grab a Red Bull and dance the night away ‘til the break of dawn!
Meanwhile, Downtown, there are hundreds of hot spots waiting for you! Downtown is chock full of varying vibes and verve, from the relaxing to the rambunctious, so get out there and express your fun side! Some spots offer open-air rooftop patios with breathtaking views of the city, while others boast underground haunts where hip-hoppers, ravers, and everyone in between whoop it up!
Denver’s growing food culture extends to your doorstep in Speer/Alamo Placita with many options of cuisine available! Keep it American by dining at Beatrice & Woodsley on Broadway, nestled amidst an urban aspen grove. B&W offers social dining with a seasonally influenced rustic-American menu. Or, take your taste buds south-of-the-border to Socorro’s on Bayaud St. for real Mexican street food at great prices. Their homemade-daily horchata (sweet rice milk) has received rave reviews!
Get your spice on at Thai Monkey Club on S. Broadway, whose chefs mix authentic flavor and heat in specialty dishes such as drunken noodles with chicken. For a Cajun flare, check out the Sunday brunch at Lucile’s Creole Café on S. Logan St., highlighted by their savory homemade beignets and biscuits and gravy.
A personal favorite, Famous Pizza on S. Broadway, makes ‘truly’ New York style pies. Other pizza joints advertise New York style, but the finished product falls short. Famous comes out on top with made-from-scratch flavor in their dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings. Take it from a someone who knows pizza – it’s bellissimo!
Historic Alamo Placita Park, located on the north side of Speer Blvd. between Ogden & Emerson Streets, is the nucleus of the neighborhood. Its vibrant flower displays planted in stunning designs and old cottonwoods that the name commemorates (a few of which still grow) make Alamo Placita one of Denver’s most ideal and beautiful parks to visit.
Governor’s Park sits immediately north of Speer Blvd. at 7th Ave. & Logan Street. Here, you can enjoy an intimate setting of grassy areas, public art, a playground, and a walking/biking path.
Denver is a cyclist’s paradise with over 850 miles of bike trails. The picturesque 40-mile route known as Cherry Creek Regional Trail (a/k/a Cherry Creek Bike Path) is ready to conquer from Speer Boulevard. CCRT is one of the most popular biking, hiking, and running trails in Denver – and certainly one of the prettiest!
Getting From Here To There
With the Cherry Creek Regional Trail at your doorstep, you can leave the car home and still reach many favorite destinations by bike or even on foot. This paved 40-mile route can be accessed along Speer Boulevard. Its length runs from the Platte River Trail in downtown Denver’s Confluence Park, and connects suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, including the communities of Parker, Centennial, and Franktown.
Feel more comfortable driving on four wheels? With the ingenious car sharing service, Car2Go, it’s easy to have access to a car when you need it. After registering with Car2Go, just swipe your access card on the windshield of an available Car2Go. The car unlocks, the key is in the console, and vroom, off you go! Now residents can get rid of that extra car that doesn’t get used as much after having moved to Speer/Alamo Placita. There’s even a handy smartphone app that tells you where the nearest available Car2Go is parked.
Everything Your Heart Desires
Many little businesses are tucked in the Speer/Alamo Placita neighborhood. Among them is Sarkisian’s on E. Speer Blvd., Colorado’s finest dealer of antique and contemporary oriental rugs, antiques, fine art, and archeological treasures – from Neolithic pottery (circa 1200 B.C.) to 20th-century sculpture.
Speer/Alamo Placita sits on the brink of Downtown’s major retailers, along with the 16th Street Mall. Cross the western border to shop the specialty stores along South Broadway in historic Baker, or venture out to Cherry Creek Shopping Center with over 160 shops, including 40 stores exclusive to the area!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The City of Denver’s Climate Action Agenda, whose goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is spreading green practices with more support than ever. Greenprint Denver is a valuable resource and community newsletter for residents all over to help out and get their questions answered regarding recycling programs, sustainability, and reducing greenhouse emissions. So get with the program and join the other Denverites who desire to counteract the unnecessary litter and hazy effects of pollution that may already be staining our beautiful city.
The A to Zs
Good schools are a parent’s top priority. When it comes getting your child the best education possible, Denver has all kinds of world-class public, charter, and Montessori schools to choose from. With Denver Public Schools, your child can attend any school, as long as there’s room. The district employs a lottery system if too many applications are received for any one school in particular.
Highly rated schools in the Denver area include Polaris at Ebert Elementary School, serving grades K through 5 and Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, which offers highly-gifted and talented programs for students in grades K through 9. North High School prides itself on ensuring every student is college and career ready upon graduation. They offer more than 20 rigorous academic Advanced Placement, Honors, and college level classes in core subjects, world languages, art and music.
CEC Middle College and the Denver Center for International Studies help prepare students for college and the business world with exemplary classes and activities.
The Best Damn Sports…PERIOD
Hop on over the border to Downtown, which presents nothing but the most exciting of professional sports! Watch the Denver Nuggets tear up the court, or the Avalanche fly down the ice at the Pepsi Center as they clash against bitter league rivals. Or, catch the high-octane, run-producing, my-how-the-balls-fly offense of the Rockies at Coors Field as they battle division foes like the Dodgers and Giants.
Best of all, enter Sports Authority Field at Mile High to witness the crushing power of our very own Broncos as they clash helmet to helmet with the best (and the rest) in the NFL. So bring it on, and don’t be surprised if you catch the fever, ’cause Denver sports fans are known to be among the most loyal in the nation!
Anything “Medicinal” You Need
When a medical emergency strikes and TLC is needed, head straight to one of the many hospitals providing care for Speer/Alamo Placita residents. HealthONE has the LoDo Internal Medicine Clinic (which doubles as the AfterOurs Urgent Care for late night incidents) on Wazee St., and the full-fledged Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center on E. 19th Avenue.
Denver Health Medical Center is there to care near 8th Ave. & Delaware St., Saint Joseph Hospital is ready to mend on Franklin St., and the University of Colorado provides advanced yet comprehensive care at their hospital on W. 13th Avenue. The managed healthcare system Kaiser Permanente is also an option in the state of Colorado.
Midtown Occupational Health Services on W. 26th Ave. provides quality health care while working closely with their clientele in a communicative one-on-one relationship with doctors and physician assistants. Also available is alternative medicine at Healing Arts Medical Center on 16th St., which combines eastern and western medicine in cooperation with many of the above facilities.