"For a downtown to have a character and a culture, it has to have different neighborhoods," Seydel says. "We've still got some true grit."
Lower downtown may drop the notion of swallowing the Ballpark Neighborhood. But the empire-building does not end there. Over at the Downtown Denver Partnership, downtown's booster group, there's talk of taking over the Lower Downtown District; with its eye also turned to the property just across the tracks from LoDo, the partnership has already established a Central Platte Valley Development Council. The British are coming.
Up on Larimer, where flim-flam men and bunko artists have practiced their arts for a century, neighbors keep a wary eye on the people who would plan for their future now that the future looks so bright. And in the meantime, they get on with their business.