You are here


I have been here a very long time and did not know some of these little details. Thank you!

Hi Sophia - We continually learn interesting new facts from Denver Streets and Phil Goodstein's other works. We're really fortunate to have local historians of this caliber. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Thanks!! I understood Broadway being zero but never understood Ellsworth. Makes sense to me now.

Hi Amy - The Broadway/Ellsworth continuum is one of the aspects of Denver's street plan that actually makes sense, once you get a grasp of it. 

Thanks for reading and commenting! 

Another oddity is the numbering of addresses on Speer. It is treated as a north/south west of Broadway. Since it is north, a directional designation is not needed.
East of Broadway, it is an east/west street with no directional designation until Pearl Street as the first six blocks are unambiguous. From Pearl to Downing an east is required to separate it from north addresses.
All of this will soon be moot as the Denver GIS mapping department has decreed that the use of north will be added to all addresses north of Ellsworth, at least in Denver.
Another Denver GIS decree is that Broadway is now Broadway Street. It has always been just Broadway to me (and Google maps).

Interesting article! Phil’s book “North Side Story” is a good read.

Thanks, Nicole! Phil's contribution's to our local history canon are priceless!

And interestingly, my mail sometimes gets delivered to the same address on South Bellaire even when the zip code indicates that my mailbox is located North of Ellsworth.
Also, I think it's now a Denver County requirement to have the letter "N" added to the address if your address is not otherwise indicated as South--something to do with property tax and/or voting district. Can you clarify this?

Phil Goodstein is a local treasure, a Denver legend himself!

I appreciated and learned from this article! Thank you, and yes, indeed, Phil Goodstein is indeed, a treasure.


Add new comment