Written by Jada Yaun, The New York Times

The silhouette of a massive construction crane loomed against the brilliant reds and purples of a Colorado sunset sky. “This is the classic view of Denver right now,” my friend Rachel Fleming said.

Ms. Fleming is an anthropologist who’s lived in Denver for a decade and works in the area’s booming tech industry. We played violin together as teenagers in Santa Fe, N.M., and like many of my high school buddies, she left the West only to wind her way back there because she missed the mountains — because once they’re in your blood, you always do.

The construction crane was looming over The Source, one of the many gourmet food halls that have popped up around the city in the last five years. It’s in the River North Arts District (RiNo), an epicenter for microbreweries, fancy restaurants, new apartment buildings and abundant street art a 10-minute walk from Lower Downtown (LoDo).

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