Last summer, the number of visitors — and their spending — climbed during a series of special events along the 16th Street Mall.
More people and different people stuck around longer, too, drawn to the live music, expanded patio seating, games and more.
To make that happen year-round, though, may take some trial and error — and possibly moving Regional Transportation District's Free MallRide shuttle off 16th Street.
San Francisco-based Gehl Studio has been working with Denver planning officials and the Downtown Denver Partnership since 2014 to boost the "linger" factor of the downtown corridor, part of a $650,000 initiative to improve the mall experience.
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In a report released Wednesday, Gehl said it will take many changes — ones that address infrastructure and activation — to truly revitalize the mall.
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