Denver's Stapleton Development Staves Off Suburban Flight

02/28/2011 10:14 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Denver's Stapleton neighborhood development opened in 2001 on a 4,700-acre site with retail stores and a quarter of the land dedicated to parks, families lined up before dawn for a chance at a lottery for the lots.

Stapleton and projects like it paid off for Denver over the past decade and helped reverse an exodus to the suburbs. Colorado's most-populous city grew 6.9 percent to 600,158 residents between 2005 and 2010, after falling to 561,323 from 564,411 between 2001 and 2005, 2010 Census figures released this week show.

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