4.0 out of 10

Globeville

Ranked 35th best neighborhood in Denver
39.7875510768733 -104.981629665163
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Sep 03, 2016

"REALLY LOUD"

I have lived in Globeville for over ten years. People who live here insist the neighborhood is going to be like the Highlands however, I find that really hard to believe. They started having the Riot Vest at the Stockshow Complex and one of the Churches has a party. The whole neighborhood boom booms with loud music! The neighborhood has reached its limit of correctional facilities. The individuals at the Salvation Army will throw trash in your yard. Recently, I found hypodermic needles in my bushes.
Pros
  • close to downtown
  • interesting history
Cons
  • pockets of crime
  • heavy industry
  • poverty in the neighborhood
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Changing immigrant demographics"

Globeville is a busy area of town that has been around for many years. You can see this in the very old churches in the neighborhood such as the St. Joseph Polish Catholic Church, which is visible from I-70 just east of I-25. For years this area has been heavily populated by immigrants. In the beginning it was Polish, Slavic, Russian, and German, although those demographics have certainly changed. This area gets very congested with traffic and although it may be convenient for residents to hop on one of these two major highways, I wouldn't recommend living here. This now predominantly Hispanic area (~75%) has traditionally low incomes and almost 23% live below the poverty line. Although some of the homes in the area are well kept, some of them are run down and a bit shabby looking, although you can certainly find a few gems here and there.

There is a lot of industrial business in this area and it detracts from the neighborhood. As you're driving down Washington Street, which is a major road in the area, it just feels a bit dingy with the buildings, several liquor stores, and just an unclean appearance. On the southwest side of I-25 and I-70 it's a bit of a different vibe. The schools of Auraria Campus have taken an old hotel and turned it into dorm rooms for students going to school there. They have a shuttle which takes students from there to the campus and they have a variety of things for the kids to do while there, such as a bowling alley. So depending on which part of Globeville you're in, you can have a very different opinion of it.
Pros
  • close to downtown
  • interesting history
  • mix of industrial, artistic
  • some redevelopment taking place
Cons
  • pockets of crime
  • heavy industry
  • poverty in the neighborhood
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Unexpectedly intriguing area, even with the heavy concrete"

This is an odd, rather awkward part of the city. But investors have been paying attention, and the area might be coming into its own. At first glance, it seems crazy to think about living anywhere near the tangle of concrete where the two major interstates (I-25 and I-70) come together. As another reviewer correctly noted, this interchange is also known as "The Mousetrap", and it's an area of heavy traffic, overpasses, and large industrial development.

The attraction of the area is that it is close to downtown, Auraria Campus, and other neighborhoods that have seen major revitalization and new business. There have been some attempts at new building in this and adjacent neighborhoods. I think it began with an attempt to provide some low-cost student housing, because the Auraria Campus has three colleges but no dorms.

There are some rough patches along this corridor. But the thriving mix of students, artists, and professionals in nearby LoDo and Highlands are making it increasingly attractive to people who like to be in the thick of it all. Some developers are building new or refurbished apartments in this neighborhood that are truly meant to have a loftlike, artistic character, and some bargains are to be found. There's really no getting away from the industrial feel, but many people are ok with that. I wouldn't recommend this as a great spot to raise kids, but for anyone looking for a lively but still fairly affordable downtown neighborhood, this is definitely worth looking into.
Pros
  • mix of industrial, artistic
  • close to downtown
  • some affordable housing options
Cons
  • streets are a tangle
  • pockets of crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"Caught in the Mousetrap"

Fitting to its name, Globeville has long been a culturally interesting neighborhood. The earliest immigrants were from Eastern Europe in the late 1800s: Polish, Russian, and other Slavic nationalities. The area still has some strong roots in that culture, including a few beautiful and historic churches (St. Joseph’s still conducts a Polish Mass, attended by the descendants of Globeville’s original residents). In the 20th century, it became home to a large Latino population, which is still the majority today.

Despite its relative closeness to downtown, Globeville feels isolated. The South Platte and the railroads must have made the early residents feel the same way, and this was vastly increased by the construction of I-25 and I-70 in the middle of the last century. They meet smack in the middle of the neighborhood, and Globeville is dominated by the interchange at this intersection, called “the Mousetrap.” It’s not as quick as you might think to get downtown by bus or to navigate the streets in this neighborhood. Much like adjacent Elyria/Swansea, the neighborhood grapples with environmental issues and its fringes have heavy industrial development. Poverty levels are above average, as many of the residents are lower wage-earners and have been hit by the recession, and there are pockets of very high crime. Yet residents report that Globeville is neighborly and pleasant. Homes are often charming and affordable (and some fixers-and-flippers have been taking advantage of that, and of the foreclosures that occurred after the 2008 crash). Redevelopment is taking place in the southwestern portion of the neighborhood.
Pros
  • neighborhood spirit
  • some redevelopment taking place
  • interesting history
Cons
  • pockets of crime
  • poverty in the neighborhood
  • heavy industry

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