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Photos: Ten best neighborhoods in Denver according to MapQuest

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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

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