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Photos: Ten best neighborhoods in Denver according to MapQuest

In 2011, MapQuest launched mqVibe, a site that attempted to rank the best neighborhoods in many U.S. cities, including Denver. The rankings combined user votes, "interactions" on the main MapQuest site and "external data" to arrive at its conclusions.

But the roster has changed since we shared the site's 2011 picks for the ten best Denver neighborhoods. Look below to see the current top ten, complete with photos, descriptions and info about what had filled each slot in two years ago. Check it all out below.

Number 10: University Hills University Hills Facebook page: "University Hills is located just north of Hampden Avenue between I-25 and Colorado Blvd. It is minutes from 2 Lightrail stations, the Highline Canal, Eisenhower Park, Shopping & of course the interstate. Live in and love U Hills, the best of Denver."

Number 10 in 2011: Stapleton

Number 9: Hampden South From "Hampden South is a newer extension of the Hampden neighborhood to the north. In the late 1800s, the area was a lucrative farm owned by Rufus Clark, better known as 'Potato Clark,' who made his fortune and his name there. The area really began to grow in the 1970s, when the Denver Technological Center was established here. Designed as an alternative to downtown for corporations and businesses large and small, the Tech Center continues to grow. The glass and concrete towers, office buildings and plazas, large parking lots, and retail strips that comprise the DTC are a heavy presence in the neighborhood, especially to the west and south."

Number 9 in 2011: Union Station

Continue to keep counting down the ten best neighborhoods in Denver according to MapQuest. Number 8: Highland Wkipedia: "Highlands refers to two separate city-center neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado. Highland, and West Highland are both in the area that is referred to as North Denver. The Highland neighborhood, bounded by West 38th Ave on the north, Union Pacific Railroad lines on the east, South Platte River on the southeast, Speer Boulevard and W 29th Ave to the South, and Federal Boulevard on the West, is located immediately northwest of downtown. Note that the Highland neighborhood association has a slightly different definition with the Easternmost boundary stopping at I-25. And the West Highland neighborhood to the immediate west of Highland, with the borders of 38th and 29th Avenues on the north and south and Federal and Sheridan Boulevards on the east and west...."

Number 8 in 2011: Uptown

Number 7: Uptown Uptown Denver Facebook: "Uptown is a stylish spot seemingly designed for young start-ups who value eco-eats as much as urban city streets. The result? Some of Denver's sassiest indy spots. Get out your skinny jeans, then get the skinny on Uptown's up-to-date deals."

Number 7 in 2011: Highland

Continue to keep counting down the ten best neighborhoods in Denver according to MapQuest. Number 6: Skyland Denver Neighborhood News: "Skyland is a relatively small neighborhood bordered by Martin Luther King Boulevard to the north, East 23rd Avenue to the south, Colorado Boulevard to the east and York Street to the west. People find this area desirable because there are many near-by opportunities for outdoor recreation and because of it's close proximity to Downtown Denver. It offers an abundance of employment opportunities within a ten-minute drive. Skyland is located east of downtown and immediately north of City Park. City Park is a huge draw to the neighborhood because it provides 330 acres of running trails, play grounds, golf, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo."

Number 6 in 2011: Lower Downtown

Number 5: Capitol Hill Wikipedia: "Located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado, the Capitol Hill neighborhood is bounded by Broadway, Downing Street, Colfax Avenue, and Seventh Avenue, which carry large volumes of traffic around the neighborhood. It is technically located in East Denver which begins immediately east of Broadway, the neighborhood's western boundary. Many consider the Cheesman Park neighborhood to be a part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, but as defined by the city, Cheesman Park is a separate neighborhood. Denver also recognizes a statistical neighborhood called North Capitol Hill, but this is called Uptown by many residents. Colfax Avenue is the border between these two neighborhoods...."

Number 5 in 2011: Cherry Creek

Continue to keep counting down the ten best neighborhoods in Denver according to MapQuest. Number 4: Lower Downtown Wikipedia: "LoDo, Denver is the lower downtown area of Denver, Colorado, the oldest and original settlement of the city of Denver. It is a mixed-use historic district, known for its nightlife, and serves as an example of success in urban reinvestment and revitalization....

"Before European exploration of the area, Native Americans, particularly the Arapahoe tribe, had encampments along the South Platte River near or in what is now LoDo. In 1858, after gold was discovered in the river, General William Larimer founded Denver by putting down cottonwood logs in the center of a square mile plot that would basically be the current LoDo neighborhood. Therefore, LoDo is both the original city of Denver, as well as its oldest neighborhood...."

Number 4 in 2011: Washington Virginia Vale

Number 3: Cherry Creek Wikipedia: "Cherry Creek is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, USA. It has many newer residences mix in with some of Denver's older homes.

"The neighborhood is generally located in the south-central area of the City of Denver and is a mixture of dense urban development and tree lined residential streets. It is bounded by the Cherry Creek on the south, East Sixth Avenue to the north, University Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard on the west and east, respectively. The neighborhood takes its name from the nearby Cherry Creek running along the south side of the neighborhood."

Number 3 in 2011: Golden Triangle

Continue to keep counting down the ten best neighborhoods in Denver according to MapQuest. Number 2: City Park Wikipedia: "City Park is an urban park and neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. The park is 330 acres (1.3 km2) and is located in east-central Denver. The park contains the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ferril and Duck Lakes, and a boathouse. City Park is also the name of the neighborhood that contains the park, though the park is the vast majority of the neighborhood. To the immediate north of the park is the City Park Golf Course. City Park is the largest and most notable park in Denver.

"The park is located in east-central Denver slightly more than a mile east of Downtown. The park is a mile long and three-quarters of a mile wide....."

Number 2 in 2011: City Park

Number 1: Downtown Wikipedia: "Downtown Denver is the main financial, commercial, and entertainment district in Denver, Colorado. There is over 23,000,000 sq ft (2,100,000 m2) of office space in downtown Denver, with 130,000 workers. The downtown area can be divided into six or seven main districts: Union Station, LoDo (however, Union Station is often considered to be part of LoDo), Ball Park, Central Downtown, Civic Center, Upper Downtown, and Arapahoe Square. Within those districts are many smaller features, districts and squares. Some of the more popular features include the 16th Street pedestrian mall, built in 1982, Larimer Square, the re-emerging Theatre District near Curtis and 14th, and Civic Center Park. Surrounding neighborhoods include Capitol Hill and Uptown to the east, Highland to the west, Five Points to the north, and the Golden Triangle to the south....."

Number 1 in 2011: Downtown

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