I walked from the Bookstore where I work as a bookkeeper to Denver's 16th Street Mall to check out the 16th Street Fair this past weekend. The fair takes place over a two day period in both June and August. It was more of a craft festival than a true art festival, but the mall was crowded and brimming with activity, and so it was fun to just walk around and do a little people watching.
Although the street fair only takes place twice a year, the mall stays pretty lively year round. They even have pianos scattered down the length of the street, just in case someone wants to stop and play a few show tunes (see photo at right). Of course, everything is not coming up roses on the 16th Street Mall. It has been a magnet for aggressive panhandlers lately, and just the other day was near the scene of a murder - suicide. But still, the news media exaggerates the magnitude of these problems, and the odds are you won't be bothered, or for that matter killed, which is a good thing. See you down there!