These giant, concrete Legos are Denver’s temporary fix to people treating the City and County Building like a drive-thru

(David Sachs/Denverite)

(David Sachs/Denverite)

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Bannock Street is back open in front of Denver’s seat of government now that concrete barricades have been installed to avoid flustering employees, elected officials and law enforcement with security concerns.

Two drivers recently jumped the curb within six weeks of each other and left their cars near the building at 1437 Bannock St., which houses the offices of Denver’s mayor, City Council members, other city employees and some state workers.

Neither person constituted a threat, police said.

Last month, the building received a “credible threat” by phone that resulted in a lockdown. No one was hurt.

These gray blocks, which are decidedly less graceful than the building they protect, are only temporary, said Kami Butt with Denver General Services.

“We’re still continuing to work through (permanent security measures) but those are some temporary measures that we put in place so we could reopen the street,” Butt said.

The street had been closed to cars for almost two months.

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