03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Denver's Hottest Neighborhoods: Westword Searches For The Next Lo-Hi

I got into a conversation at a party this weekend about which neighborhood business district in Denver might emerge as the next cool place. Or, as real estate agents like to say, an "up-and-coming location." People who self-identify as urbanites spend a lot of time talking about this sort of thing. Which spots are getting a new coffee shop? What chain of old buildings would be perfect for a restaurant/bar? When the hell are we going to get a Trader Joe's?

Denver may be a city of neighborhoods, but it's even more a collection of commercial districts filled with eateries, coffee shops and entertainment venues like Highland Square, South Pearl, LoDo, Cherry Creek North, Old South Gaylord, Tennyson and the Bluebird District. But the list could soon get bigger.

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