Baker is a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, United States. Baker is a 955-acre (3.86 km2) area located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Denver Civic Center, bordered on the north by West 6th Avenue, on the east by Broadway, on the south by West Mississippi Avenue, and on the west by the South Platte River. Baker borders Linloln Park, Central, Washington Park West, Athmar Park, Valverde, and Sun Valley.
The northeast corner of the neighborhood has a historic district consisting of 150 acres (0.61 km2) (approximately 30 blocks) with irregular borders that range from within a half block of Alameda Ave. and Broadway on the south and east to Fox St. on the west and W 5th Ave. on the north. Additionally, Baker’s boundaries include three individually designated Denver Historic Landmark buildings: the Coyle/Chase House at 532 W 4th Ave., home of playwright Mary Chase, the 1st and Broadway Building at 101-115 N Broadway, and Fire Station No. 11 at 40 W 2nd Ave.
There are several types of properties in this neighborhood, including industrial, residential, and commercial. The area along I-25 has a predominantly industrial character, the area along Broadway consists mostly of retail and office space, and the area north of Alameda between Santa Fe and Broadway has mostly residential properties. At Broadway to the south of Alameda is a large shopping mall with several big box stores, and to the south is the gated Gates Rubber factory complex, the site of a major redevelopment project that failed in the early 2000s.
The largest park within Baker is Phil Milstein Park, at 5.48 acres (2.22 hectares). Located on the extreme northwest corner of Baker Avenue, it can only be accessed from the outside of the neighborhood. Dailey Park is located at W Ellsworth Ave. and S Cherokee St. (2.66 acres (1.08 hectares)), and Hector M. Flores Park is located at W 4th Ave. and N Galapago St. (0.36 acres (0.15 hectares)). As part of the Broadway Station redevelopment, Vanderbilt Park East (3.51 acres (1.42 hectares)) is a designated park property, but has not yet been developed. There are several bus lines in Baker and two light rail stations, the Alameda station and the I-25 & Broadway station.
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