Dedication day for the Pearl Street Mall took place on August 6, 1977. Since then, long-standing buildings have been restored, and national and local historic designations ensure that the historic character of downtown Boulder will forever be maintained. The Pearl Street Mall is at the heart of the downtown Boulder district. The downtown core spans 49 (walkable) blocks filled with restaurants and retail – of which 85% are locally owned and operated! Year-round community events and buskers make the four-block pedestrian mall one of the best people-watching places in Colorado!