LOOK: A year on the 16th Street Mall

The 16th Street Mall has been one of our hot topics this year. Here’s a collection of images and stories from Denver’s “Main Street.”

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A musician plays on the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) music; busker; harp; 16th street mall; sixteenth street mall; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
A musician plays on the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

I keep seeing images of the 16th Street Mall surface in the Denverite image vault, and it made me realize what a massive topic it has been this year.

We’ve covered Mall-specific news and larger stories that happen to cross it. Here’s a collection of images and stories from Denver’s “Main Street.”

Crime

The summer seemed to be dominated by stories of violence on the mall.

Screenshot from a Facebook video by Caleb Bonham. (Caleb Bonham/Facebook)
Screenshot from a Facebook video by Caleb Bonham. (Caleb Bonham/Facebook)

Authorities blamed disturbances on so-called “urban travelers,” which made us ask, “What is an ‘urban traveler’?

Yossi Halperin on the corner where he's been holding a sign reading, "25¢ Jokes." Mayor Michael Hancock recently attributed violence on the 16th Street Mall to travelers like Halperin, who has has been traveling since 2012. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; cbd; central business district; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Yossi Halperin on the corner where he’s been holding a sign reading, “25¢ Jokes.” Mayor Michael Hancock recently attributed violence on the 16th Street Mall to travelers like Halperin, who has been traveling since 2012. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The mayor said he might have gotten rough with perpetrators of violence during the Downtown Denver Partnership’s annual meeting.

Mayor Hancock speaks to the Downtown Denver Partnership at their annual meeting. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) hancock; politics; downtown; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Mayor Hancock speaks to the Downtown Denver Partnership at their annual meeting. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Then Andy looked deep and found that crime rates overall on the mall were down, even though there seemed to be some hysteria about impending danger.

16th Street Mall crime data
16th Street Mall crime data

Then we posted up out there all day to see how you really felt about it, which actually turned out to be kind of sweet.

Protests

When more high-profile police killings of unarmed black men struck a national chord in July, the Mall was the venue where Denver came to air its grievances.

Terry Berry (left) yells, "Get a real job," in response to protestors like Patricia Williams who have flooded the 16th street mall on July 7 in response to high-profile killings of black men by police in recent days. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) black lives matter 5280; protest; march; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Terry Berry (left) yells, “Get a real job,” in response to protestors like Patricia Williams who flooded the 16th street mall on July 7 in response to high-profile killings of black men by police in recent days. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Likewise, anger in the wake of the presidential election led thousands to flood the Mall and other places in protest.

Thousands of protestors march down the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Thousands of protestors march down the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Improvements

Lots of nice public art was installed for your viewing (and touching) pleasure.

Wheels Go Round by Kate Davis Studio (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)
Wheels Go Round by Kate Davis Studio (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)

RTD added a fleet of emissionless buses to move people down the promenade.

RTD commissioned new MallRide buses. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
RTD commissioned new MallRide buses. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

And, related to the aforementioned violence, the Downtown Denver Partnership hired private security to bolster the police presence.

Warner Smith poses in the uniform of the new Downtown Denver Partnership's "private security team." (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)
Warner Smith poses in the uniform of the new Downtown Denver Partnership’s “private security team.” (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)

Spectacle

One time we dove into the library’s Western History Collection to find the ghost of 16th Street’s past.

A view down 16th Street circa 1890s. The old Arapahoe County courthouse is front left. The Kittredge Building is the most prominent of the structures on the right side of 16th Street. (Denver Public Library/W.H. Jackson sample album/R7003009825)
A view down 16th Street circa 1890s. The old Arapahoe County courthouse is front left. The Kittredge Building is the most prominent of the structures on the right side of 16th Street. (Denver Public Library/W.H. Jackson sample album/R7003009825)

And then Andy interviewed the guy who designed it.

A concept image from the 1976 plan for 16th Street Mall. (© Pei Cobb Freed & Partners)

And then there was that one time we saw a ton of grotesque zombies everywhere.

Brandon Townsend, or as he's known at City of the Dead, Chey BoyarScream. Denver Zombie Crawl. Oct. 22, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) zombie crawl; halloween; cosplay; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite; cbd;
Brandon Townsend, or as he’s known at City of the Dead, Chey BoyarScream. Denver Zombie Crawl. Oct. 22, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It was a wild year.

Christmas Eve on the 16th Street Mall, 2016. (Kevin J.Beaty/Denverite) cbd; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; christmas eve; holidays; downtown; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Christmas Eve on the 16th Street Mall, 2016. (Kevin J.Beaty/Denverite)
Winter over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) holidays; christmas; weather; cowx; winter; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Winter over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Manager-in-training Anni Raini (right) and area manager Shelly Wu look through last-minute issues before UNIQLO opens tomorrow on the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) retail; commercial; denver; uniqlo; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Manager-in-training Anni Raini (right) and area manager Shelly Wu go over last-minute issues before UNIQLO opens on the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Jonathon Leddy (left) and Matt Callaway carry an enormous Trump/Pence sign down the 16th Street Mall. A passerby gives Leddy a high five. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) campaign; election; voting; vote; cbd; central business district; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; copolitics;
Jonathon Leddy (left) and Matt Callaway carry an enormous Trump/Pence sign down the 16th Street Mall. A passerby gives Leddy a high five. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Fall foliage over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) autumn; fall; foliage; weather; cowx; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; evening; night;
Fall foliage over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Aldo Martinez strings lights in a tree over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) christmas lights; xmas; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite
Aldo Martinez strings lights in a tree over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sixteenth street; 16th street mall; video portrait; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado; cbd; downtown;
Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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Chloe Aiello interviews a passerby on the Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; cbd;
A man sleeps next to the Social Security Administration building near the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Evening over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; cbd;
A bus takes off on the Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Evening over the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; cbd;
An H&M model watches from above. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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Hand holding. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Kenny Williams and a finch he rescued on the 16th Street Mall. Now the question is: what next? (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; cbd;
Kenny Williams and a finch he rescued on the 16th Street Mall. Now the question is: what next? (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Tillman Gandy. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sixteenth street; 16th street mall; video portrait; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado; cbd; downtown;
Tillman Gandy. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Tamara Door, President of the Partnership, talks at 16th Street Mall Day. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Tamara Door, president of the Downtown Denver Partnership, talks with Andrew Kenney and Kevin J. Beaty at 16th Street Mall Day. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
A quinceanera party walks the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sixteenth street; 16th street mall; cbd; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
A quinceanera party walks the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Musician Kasey Davis left Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and has made Denver home. Spotted on the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sixteenth street; 16th street mall; cbd; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Musician Kasey Davis left Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and has made Denver home. Spotted on the 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sixteenth street; 16th street mall; cbd; central business district; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
The 16th Street Mall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Police detain Elijah Landers on the 16th Street Mall for trespassing behind a sign that blocked off a nearby alley. The incident summoned 15 police vehicles to the scene. Landers was released soon after. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; cbd; central business district; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; police;
Police detain Elijah Landers on the 16th Street Mall on suspicion of trespassing behind a sign that blocked off a nearby alley. The incident summoned 15 police vehicles to the scene. Landers was released soon after. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Police presence on the 16th Street Mall has been ratcheted up in recent weeks after several violent incidents in the area went viral. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; cbd; central business district; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; police;
Police presence on the 16th Street Mall was ratcheted up this summer after several violent incidents in the area went viral. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Yossi Halperin holds up an acceptance letter to Prescott College on July 14, on the corner where he's otherwise been holding a sign reading, "25¢ Jokes." Mayor Michael Hancock recently attributed violence on the 16th Street Mall to travelers like Halperin, who has has been traveling since 2012. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 16th street mall; sixteenth street; cbd; central business district; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Yossi Halperin holds up an acceptance letter to Prescott College on July 14, on the corner where he’s otherwise been holding a sign reading, “25¢ Jokes.” Mayor Michael Hancock attributed violence on the 16th Street Mall to “urban travelers” like Halperin. He’s been on the road since 2012. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Elmo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sixteenth street; 16th street mall; video portrait; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado; cbd; downtown;
Elmo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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Stephanie Snyder directs a passerby to write his feelings about the mall. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Police motorcycles lead protests in a touch-and-go escort down the 16th Street Mall on July 7, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) black lives matter 5280; protest; march; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Police motorcycles lead protests in a touch-and-go escort down the 16th Street Mall on July 7, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A man on the 16th Street Mall. (Denverite/Chloe Aiello)
A man on the 16th Street Mall. (Denverite/Chloe Aiello)
Denver Pavilions at magic hour. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver pavilions; 16th street mall; sixteenth street mall; evening; sunset; entertainment; nightlife; denver; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Denver Pavilions at magic hour. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.