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Denver's South Pearl Street debuts Trio of Arches with ribbon cutting and visit from Mayor Hancock

Steven Bonifazi
The South Pearl Street Association stand together under the 1500 Block Arch on May 4, 2021.(Steven Bonifazi/News Break)

By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) The South Pearl Street Association (SPSA) and members of the community were joined by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock on Tuesday outside of local bar Hazel for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new trio of arches along South Pearl Street.

The entirety of South Pearl Street was shut down for the ribbon cutting, with glasses of champagne having been distributed amongst business owners and community members along with Hazel providing free tortilla chips and guacamole. A local pizzeria, Sexy Pizza, also handed out free slices of pizza.

The arches symbolize the history of South Pearl Street's community and businesses, serving as Denver's newest landmarks for years to come.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock toasts as South Pearl Street Association President Mark Gill cuts the ribbon on May 4, 2021.(Steven Bonifazi/News Break)

"Our small businesses took it on the teeth during the pandemic and to come here this morning and see the vibrancy of Pearl Street and the small businesses still thriving and still here I think says a lot about how this area embraces these small businesses," said Mayor Hancock. "They were able to withstand the pandemic and are still here, ready to go during the Spring and Summer Season and will continue to make this a very special place."

SPSA's president Mark Gill stood side by side with Mayor Hancock and had the honor of cutting the ribbon underneath one of the arches. For Gill, he feels that these new arches will help to improve the community and businesses that make South Pearl Street what it is.

"I think it adds to the feel and the vibe of the place, it's a landmark," said Gill. "South Pearl Street isn't just a place to buy sushi, although it is a great place for that. It also serves to tie the whole community together cause we're about a seven-block commercial district and the arches show some of the highlights."

The arches were inspired by images of the old Welcome Arch located within Union Station and display South Pearl's new logo. Funding for the arches came from SPSA coffers which came about through net proceeds of the South Pearl Street Farmers Market as well as additional South Pearl Street events and festivals.

The project has been years in the making, however, when South Pearl Street Board member at large Aden Holt made an appeal to the board to submit a design for the arches, it passed and has now come to fruition. After four years of being on the board, Holt feels really good about leaving his mark.

"The original arch in my opinion looked really old-fashioned, so I used the new logo we've had for a year and a half now to kind of design the rest of the arc," said Holt. "In my mind, it gives us a landmark in Denver. Whenever anyone mentions South Pearl Street, there will be a picture of one of our arches associated with it."

For more information regarding South Pearl Street, including their community of restaurants, boutiques and events, visit

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