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Life on the 16th Street of Denver

Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

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Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

Image via Serena Montoya

Image via Serena Montoya

Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

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Walking down the street in downtown Denver, the air was chill and the sidewalks were unusually empty. Ever wonder what there is to find down the streets of Denver? Let’s take a look.

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Ron Leggero sits in his wheelchair, on the corner of the street with his dog, Custer Leggero, collecting their daily donations Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Take a stroll past a few buildings, and a woman named Morgan plays her guitar, singing to the public. Morgan says she has been involved with music for seven years and she sings original songs.

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Morgan stands on the 16th Street Mall, playing her own songs on her guitar for the public on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Morgan has been involved in music for seven years.

The environment was still, but the individuals were lively.

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The drums thrum while the International Society for Krishna Consciousness sings and dances down the 16th Street Mall in Denver on Friday, Feb. 2018.

Move up the street, and there is a man working his kiosk, cleaning people’s shoes.

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David Shalmoni casually shines a man’s shoes on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Shalmoni has owned eight shoe-cleaning kiosks in the Denver Metro area for ten years. The location on 16th Street is his only outdoor kiosk; the others are indoor.

As the night comes to a close, settle in a chair across from Canaan, who enjoys playing chess with the people of Denver.

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Canaan, proud of his biblical name, sits on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, waiting for an opponent in chess on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Walking down the city is an adventure; every day could be something different. So venture forward, buy a stranger a coffee, listen to their music, play chess with them, have a conversation. Be cautious, of course, but people may surprise you.

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