A Dead Mall Becomes a Downtown for a Sprawling Suburb

The entrance to a multiplex theater punctuates the view down a block in Belmar (Source: Chris Whitis)

A block in Belmar (Source: Chris Whitis)

​Although Lakewood, Colorado, is the fifth largest city in the state, until the last decade the city had no true downtown. Instead, the Denver suburb boasted one of the country’s largest indoor shopping malls, built in the 1960s—but by 2000, that mall was largely vacant. That mall has been converted to a downtown called Belmar.


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