Downtown Longmont is a welcoming blend of modern living and historic charm. In the 19th century, Longmont was the brainchild of original thinkers. Today it continues to offer traditional community appeal, seasoned with a fresh and vibrant downtown environment.
In 2017, the Board of the LDDA established a Resident Advisory Group to foster collaboration between the LDDA Board and Downtown Residents.
Downtown is home to many community events throughout the year. Living Downtown lets you experience these popular events first hand.
In 1870, a group of prominent men in Chicago decided to start a new town in Colorado. They sold memberships in this new town, called "The Chicago-Colorado Colony" and used the money to buy 60,000 acres of land for a town and nearby farms in a carefully chosen site in northern Colorado. They named the new town " Longmont " in honor of Longs Peak , the beautiful mountain clearly visible from the town.
Thanks to a decade of creative planning and on-going revitalization, the downtown Longmont district is laid out on a clear and elegant grid that provides easy walking and graceful tree-lined streets. Situated in the shadow of the spectacular Rocky Mountains, Downtown Longmont is an area rich in heritage with dozens of buildings dating back to the early 1900s. These eclectic buildings now house more than 300 businesses and organizations. Thousands of Longmont residents and visitors come Downtown throughout the year to enjoy a wide range of arts and entertainment, shopping, and dining.
The Historic East and Westside neighborhoods are nestled on either side of Downtown. A large number of the homes date from the late 1800's / early 1900's and many have been carefully restored. The neighborhoods feature unique amenities associated with the original Longmont, such as wide streets, large lots, and mature trees. They provide a small town feel while being in close proximity to historic Main Street shops and services.