Guide to Denver Tech Center

Coloradoans rarely call the corporate complex on I-25 the Denver Tech Center. It would be like calling every Mike you know, Michael, or Steve, Steven. Hence, it has been shortened to DTC. Unlike downtown Denver, a cornucopia of big businesses and big buildings yet still an epicenter of Denver culture, DTC has been simplified to just big business (and medium-sized buildings) and some hotels. Hyatt Regency Tech Center is one of many fabulous accommodations for DTC visitors. DTC rode in on the coattails of Colorado's energy boom in 1970s, which also led to suburban sprawl and shopping malls. Park Meadows Mall and Southwest Plaza, just down the interstate from DTC, can more aptly be categorized as part of the aftershock, yet they are still in the same generation. Although it is a geometric haven for cubicle-filled offices, DTC workers do manage to loosen their neckties, and head across the street to a sports bar (no matter where you are in the DTC, there always seems to be a sports bar over the way), and regale each other with stock tips while boozing on $2 domestics. Go to any restaurant around 5-ish, and it'll be just as hopping as LoDo on a Thursday night. In December of 2005, the Rocky Mountain News reported that the City Council approved a zoning measure reducing future commercial projects by one million-square-feet in DTC West, and adding slightly over 1.4 million-square-feet for residential development. But until the developers' residential plans are realized, DTC remains a removed metropolis—about 20 to 30 minutes east of downtown Denver—of chain restaurants, corporations and best of all, great happy hours. More

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