Talking Points: Jim Merrill Has Come “Home” to Colorado…and Downtown Living!

Frequently, we’ll introduce you to someone you may, or may not know who lives in Downtown Denver. And, we’ll ask that person five questions…always the same. But, we’re sure to get a lot of different answers!  Let us know what you think.

Jim Merrill is a Colorado native, a graduate of Colorado State University and a Managing Director at Castle Pines Capital.  He has enjoyed a 26 year career mostly in the commercial finance business, focused primarily in the technology industry.  An original “Colorado Country Boy” from Eastern Colorado, he also lived in Southern California for several years before returning to live in Downtown Denver in 2005.

What is the best thing about living Downtown?

Jim Merrill: photo, Diane Huntress

You have close proximity to everything and opportunity to socialize with all types of people right outside your front door – residents, tourists, people Downtown for a ballgame or theater, etc.. It’s just a great, active environment……and my favorite restaurant, Venice Ristorante, is only two blocks away!

What has been the biggest change while you have lived Downtown?

The new buildings and businesses that have emerged, and the on-going re-development construction at Union Station, have been the biggest changes.  All very positive, pro-growth, diversity trends in Downtown Denver.

What don’t we have now that we need Downtown?

The common answer is a larger grocery store or urban market; however, a few high quality niche markets do exist Downtown.  I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.  It would also be nice to have more live music/restaurant venues for an older audience – an alternative to the nightclub scene.

What’s your favorite place to go away from Downtown?

In-State, I enjoy going out to Eastern Colorado, my hometown roots, and anywhere to watch my nieces and nephews compete in sporting events. Out-of-State, I enjoy SoCal Beach Cities and New York City.

Tell us something about yourself most people wouldn’t know.

My first job out of college in the mid 80’s, was as a credit analyst at Central Bank of Denver, at 16th & Arapahoe Street. Tabor Center had just been built and Downtown was just beginning to come alive.  It took me 20 years to make it back Downtown, but I always knew where I’d live when I moved back to Denver.

Thanks, Jim. And, by the way, Happy Birthday, big guy!

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