A Walk to Reclaim Colfax

“I’m already to downtown Denver?” It was a May morning, and Liz Thomas had begun her urban hike down Colfax Avenue around 7:30 a.m. near Genesee Park. Now, she saw a church tower in the distance—the change in neighborhood keying her into her downtown approach. She wore a headlamp on her chest and a yellow vest as she walked against traffic on a route that included navigating stretches without sidewalks or shade. Oddly, the church tower only broke the skyline of a strip mall, Thomas realized as she drew closer, which caused her to laugh out loud. She was only to Casa Bonita.

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