Monday, November 30, 2009
The Pearl Street pedestrian mall is located in the center of town. It's been a destination of ours for shopping, dining and times when we just wanted a place to walk around with our kids.
The best comparison I can think of is the Santa Monica promenade. Upscale stores, artsy vibe, throw in a granola feel and a few homeless people/street musicians and you're there. Pearl Street probably has more of a college feel to it than Santa Monica because CU is just blocks away. But take away the beach and mix in the mountains and it's a very similar experience.
So far the city planners have done an excellent job of keeping the chain stores out...there's a cheesecake factory, a subway, a chico's and maybe one or two other "chain" type stores but overall it has kept the unique feel you would want. There are always tons of children running around and on every block there's something for the kids...animal statues to climb on, a short pedestrian bridge to walk on, etc. On any weekend when the temperature is good you'll see tons of families letting their kids run wild with the mountains as your backdrop.
The only issue we seem to find is parking and dodging the Greenpeace kids who mean well but boy they can be a pain!