City Sights

I'm that rarity, a native Denverite, and fascinated by my cowtown's historic layers, many of which I've watched overlay the old ones with my very own eyes. Okay, so it's not really a cowtown anymore, but I've been here long enough to remember when it was one — or at least more of one — and that's why I love it whenever Historic Denver Inc. releases another series of its sweet, succinct Historic Denver Guides. The slim paperbacks, which slip easily into a pocket, help keep my town's disappearing nooks and crannies alive against the continuing tide of redevelopment and change.

The latest batch includes impromptu self-guided tours exploring the oft-overlooked (and frequently scraped-off) bungalows of Washington Park, the ups and downs of East Colfax Avenue, and Denver's mid-century-modern masterpieces (in a tiny tome co-authored by Westword art critic and resident mid-century fanatic Michael Paglia); the last, Historic Denver Landmarks for Children and Families, offers a kid-friendly twist.

All of the authors — Nancy Widmann, Laurie and Thomas Simmons, Michelle Pearson, Diane Wray Tomasso and Paglia — will be on hand to discuss and sign the books tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, itself a lovely historic site. Call 303-436-1070.
Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2007

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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