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Denver’s first International Airport (DIA) opened as a small municipal airport in 1929–30 and went on to become the region’s primary airport for sixty-five years until it was replaced by Denver’s New Relocated International Airport in 1995. The airport played a major role in Denver’s development as a national transportation and shipping hub. Today, Denver’s original airport buildings are gone (except the tower), the land has since been redeveloped into a thriving urban community of 35,000 residents which provides an example to all other urban redevelopment initiatives. Environmental Bed Bug Exterminator Denver, Inc

Except for the 1931–35 term, Benjamin Stapleton was mayor of Denver from 1923 to 1947. He was one of the few people in the city who foresaw the tremendous potential of the airplane in the 1920s, and he wanted to consolidate Denver’s local, growing aviation industry around a single airport. Enlisting the aid of his Improvements and Parks Department manager, Charles Vail, Stapleton’s administration began laying the necessary groundwork. From the beginning, the airport project was placed under the jurisdiction of Improvements and Parks. The airport encountered opposition from the start, as some argued that Denver had no right to build a facility that would be a commercial venture for the city.

The site that Stapleton and Vail selected was called the Sand Creek site, or Rattlesnake Hollow, seven miles from downtown Denver. The new airport, named Denver Municipal Airport (DMA), celebrated its opening with a four-day program of events, from October 17 to October 20, 1929. Only three airlines had offices in the two-story administration building: Mid-Continent Express, which had just begun passenger service between Denver and El Paso; Western Air Express; and US Airways.

After 65 years of aviation activity, Stapleton International Airport was about to undergo a transformation that would take 30-40 years to complete. The Development plan laid out a physical, social, environmental, economic, and regulatory framework to guide the transformation over the next several decades. It described a new approach to development, a real-world example of sustainable development of significant scale. What emerged over time was a network of urban villages, employment centers, and significant open spaces, all linked by a commitment to the protection of natural resources and the development of human resources.

Restaurants and Pubs

  • Next Door American Eatery is located at 10155 E 29th Dr. Suite 160, Denver, Colorado
  • Cattivella is located at 10195, 80238 E 29th Dr. Suite 110, Denver, CO
  • Casey’s Bistro & Pub is located at 7301 E 29th Ave, Denver, CO


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