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082109ColfaxAvenueProjectMP0495

SHOT 8/21/09 11:26:42 PM - The Bluebird Theater which was built in 1917 and before its renovation as a music venue was a porn theater. Now one of the city's finest small-room concert halls, the club is a happy marriage of arresting architecture and forward-looking music. Colfax Avenue is the main street that runs east and west through the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area in Colorado. As U.S. Highway 40, it was one of two principal highways serving Denver before the Interstate Highway System was constructed. In the local street system, it lies 15 blocks north of the zero point (Ellsworth Avenue, one block south of 1st Avenue). For that reason it would normally be known as "15th Avenue" but the street was named for the 19th-century politician Schuyler Colfax. On the east it passes through the city of Aurora, then Denver, and on the west, through Lakewood and the southern part of Golden. Colloquially, the arterial is referred to simply as "Colfax", a name that has become associated with prostitution, crime, and a dense concentration of liquor stores and inexpensive bars. Playboy magazine once called Colfax "the longest, wickedest street in America." However, such activities are actually isolated to short stretches of the 26-mile (42 km) length of the street. Periodically, Colfax undergoes redevelopment by the municipalities along its course that bring in new housing, trendy businesses and restaurants. Some say that these new developments detract from the character of Colfax, while others worry that they cause gentrification and bring increased traffic to the area. Includes images the Bluebird Theater which was built in 1917 and before its renovation as a music venue, it was a porn theater. Now one of the city's finest small-room concert halls, the club is a happy marriage of arresting architecture and forward-looking music. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)

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SHOT 8/21/09 11:26:42 PM - The Bluebird Theater which was built in 1917 and before its renovation as a music venue was a porn theater. Now one of the city's finest small-room concert halls, the club is a happy marriage of arresting architecture and forward-looking music. Colfax Avenue is the main street that runs east and west through the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area in Colorado. As U.S. Highway 40, it was one of two principal highways serving Denver before the Interstate Highway System was constructed. In the local street system, it lies 15 blocks north of the zero point (Ellsworth Avenue, one block south of 1st Avenue). For that reason it would normally be known as "15th Avenue" but the street was named for the 19th-century politician Schuyler Colfax. On the east it passes through the city of Aurora, then Denver, and on the west, through Lakewood and the southern part of Golden. Colloquially, the arterial is referred to simply as "Colfax", a name that has become associated with prostitution, crime, and a dense concentration of liquor stores and inexpensive bars. Playboy magazine once called Colfax "the longest, wickedest street in America." However, such activities are actually isolated to short stretches of the 26-mile (42 km) length of the street. Periodically, Colfax undergoes redevelopment by the municipalities along its course that bring in new housing, trendy businesses and restaurants. Some say that these new developments detract from the character of Colfax, while others worry that they cause gentrification and bring increased traffic to the area. Includes images the Bluebird Theater which was built in 1917 and before its renovation as a music venue, it was a porn theater. Now one of the city's finest small-room concert halls, the club is a happy marriage of arresting architecture and forward-looking music. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)