The Highlands Denver Highlands is Denver’s latest “it” place to be. This community, with a distinct Hispanic heritage, has been featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine as well as National Geographic Traveler. The 250-acre section northwest of downtown has experienced amazing growth and changes over the past few years, and is overflowing with trendy restaurants, bars, and shops. The Highland neighborhood is bordered by I-25, 29th Street, Sheridan and 38th Avenue. Three diverse commercial districts – Lower Highlands (LoHi), Highlands Square and Tennyson Street make Highlands Denver’s largest neighborhood.
Denver residents ventured across the Platte River more than 150 years ago to found the Highlands neighborhood. They wanted to distance themselves from the lower moral standards found in downtown Denver. They also sought cleaner air. Many of the original settlers of the Highlands neighborhood were Protestants, which lead to the construction of several churches in the area. Most of those churches are still there today. Soon after the founding of the Highlands neighborhood, residents produced excellent civic improvements, such a library and schools. Soon after, the North Side Women’s Club and North Denver Athletic Club were founded.
The Highlands boasted the best clean water and air in the area. In the beginning of the 1900s, the neighborhood was attracting immigrants from every corner of the world. However, the area saw the largest influx of immigrants from Scotland, Germany and Italy. Starting in the 1920s, Central and South American immigrants, along with Mexicans were drawn to the Highlands neighborhood in great numbers. Starting in the 1990s, the Highlands area was better connected to downtown Denver due to the construction of several bridges over I-25. The Highlands neighborhood as quickly grown into one of the most popular and marketable of Denver’s neighborhoods ever since.