Lower Downtown has many faces. A place to work for some. A place to spend an evening out for others. And for many, a place to live.
If LoDo's your place to live, then you need to know about the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (formerly known as St. Charles Neighborhood Group). The Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA) is a city-registered neighborhood organization representing residents in Lower Downtown and the Central Platte Valley.
LoDoNA is a non-profit organization committed to seeking quality living conditions amid the mixed uses of the Lower Downtown area. The LoDoNA works to understand the needs and views of LoDo and Central Platte Valley residents and then represents those views intelligently and articulately before city planning organizations, city and state liquor license agencies, city council and other local governmental organizations.
In past years, the LoDoNA has spoken up for residential concerns in issues of public safety, mixed-use neighborhood development, noise, improving relations between residents and businesses, the granting of liquor licenses, transportation, green spaces, parking, zoning changes, relations with the nearby sports arenas, and other issues critical to residential life in our neighborhoods. We sponsor social events and outdoor movies to strengthen our community and help neighbors get to know one another, and organize charitable projects such as neighborhood cleanups and an extensive set of holiday projects and events to benefit the less fortunate.
Your membership fee helps us communicate with our LoDo neighbors and with city officials on critical issues. It also puts you on our e-mail mailing list and gets you critical information about the neighborhood fast. Click on the "Become a Member" link above to download the Membership Application form.
The LoDoNA (formerly known as the St. Charles Neighborhood Group) has represented the residents of Lower Downtown since 1986. The recent name change from St. Charles Neighborhood Group to Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association occurred because not too many people now living and working downtown knew that the name St. Charles came from the first permanent settlement in Denver, established on the northeastern side of Cherry Creek near the Platte in September, 1858. Rival town promoters arrived in November, jumped the claim, and organized the Denver City Town Company, named in the mistaken belief that James Denver was still governor of Kansas Territory, of which the area was a part (he had resigned weeks earlier).
Initially formed to represent residents of the Lower Downtown Historic District, the LoDoNA's current boundaries are 20th Street, the alley between Market and Larimer Streets, Speer Boulevard and 9th Street, and the Platte River.