The Alamo Placita neighborhood is sometimes referred to as the Governor's Park neighborhood due to its proximity to the Governor's Mansion at 400 E. 8th Ave. The Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1908 and deeded to the state in 1959. The six-bedroom mansion has been vacant since Bill Ritter left office in Jan. 2011 as current Gov. John Hickenlooper does not live in the mansion. Special events are also held in the mansion, and free tours are offered June - August.
However, the neighborhood is officially named after a small gem of a public park, the Alamo Placita Park, located north of Speer Blvd. The Alama Placita neighborhood stretches from Pennsylvania St. to Downing St., and is bounded by 6th Ave. to the north and Speer Blvd. to the south.
According to the 2009 data from City-Data.com, Alamo Placita is home to 1,551 residents. The average home cost $574,817 in 2009, while $784 covered the median rent. The neighborhood features a mix of condos, apartments and single-family homes. The median household income for Cherry Creek was $57,295 in 2009, slightly higher than the median of $46,410 for the City & County of Denver.
Married couples made up 22.1% of households in Alamo Placita in 2009, with 6% married couples with children. The median age of Alamo Placita residents is 34.9 years for men and 35.6 years years for women, about the same as the median age for the City & County of Denver.
Sixth Avenue is home to a variety of restaurants and coffee shops for every taste.
- Little India at 330 E. 6th Ave. offers lunch buffets and traditional Indian dinners.
- Angelo's at 620 E. 6th Ave. features pizza, lasagna and other Italian fare.
- Pablo's Coffee at at 630 E. 6th Ave. offers a gathering place for hipster coffee lovers. No Wi-Fi.
Alamo Placita has several local schools near the neighborhood, although Denver Public Schools allows students to pick the schools they want to attend.
- East High at 1545 Detroit St. is one of Denver's four original high schools of North, East, South, and West.
- Morey Middle School at 840 E. 14th Ave. serves grades 6-8.
- Moore Elementary at 846 Corona St. offers classes for K - 5.
Grocery Stores, Etc.:
Safeway at 560 Corona St. is open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Chase at 1038 E. 6th Ave. has a branch with a 24-hour ATM.
Denver was named after a governor, Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver, but he was not impressed by the honor as Denver was a dusty frontier town at the time.
Republican John Long Routt was the state's first governor from 1876-1879. He also served a second term fro 1891-1893.
Nowadays, Colorado governors are limited to two consecutive terms.