The 16th Street Mall is one of the city's major tourist attractions, but visitors don't get much of a taste of homegrown Denver shops and restaurants along this stretch, where chains and souvenir stores predominate. There are some rare exceptions, including the I Heart Denver store in the Pavilions, our Best Store on the 16th Street Mall, and Wikipita, which just won Best Food Cart on the 16th Street Mall. And just a few steps away, at 1543 Champa Street, you'll find our Best New Bar, Union Lodge #1. But such stops are few and far between. Says Jeremy:
Good businesses and restaurants can't afford the rent on the mall. So we get a tourist trap filled with shitty national chains. It's sad that the busiest place in the city is the least like the actual city of Denver.
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What would you like to see on the 16th Street Mall? When you want visitors to see the actual city of Denver, where do you send them?