Nationally recognized as an outstanding example of innovative downtown revitalization, the Pearl Street Mall has been a magnet location for Boulder residents and visitors alike since it opened ini 1977.  Designed as a pedestrian zone that would strengthen downtown Boulder’s then beleaguered economic base and improve the quality of the historic but dilapidated commercial district, the Mall succeeded far beyond expectations.  After its first 25 years, the original design team reassembled to refresh the Mall, adding signage, additional site lighting, a pop-jet fountain, and a shade structure for outdoor performances.