History Of Denver's Osage Mercado

Some 20 years ago, members of the La Alma/Lincoln Park community created a vision for a permanent cultural market to be located in their neighborhod. Today, members of the community have resurrected that vision and are adding some new twists.

The ability to resurrect the vision came about in 2002 when members of the La Alma/Lincoln Park Planning Group (LLPPG) were approached by RTD. RTD was interested in disposing of three acres of property it owned at the 10th and Osage light rail stop. LLPPG immediately invited the City of Denver, Making Connections Denver, The Piton Foundation, and the University of Denver to jin them in their Mercado exploration efforts. Within a year, LLPPG helped establish a nonprofit entity called the Mercado Coalition to oversee the Mercado's planning and development work. Our vision crystallized as a year-round indoor marked that will incubate business enrepreneurs from low-income families, increase economic opportunities, create a neighborhod focal point, and foster cultural and social understanding.