“Heather Noyes walks along the northern reaches of northwest Denver’s Tennyson Street district and sizes up what has been built over the past decade, replacing house after house.
She and other longtime residents repeatedly see this from the sidewalk: a bank of gas meters, a fire door and perhaps a storage closet window. Newer buildings might have a solitary front door.
As in several other older neighborhoods in Denver, the landscape is now dominated by hundreds of “slot” homes, which feature sideways-facing townhomes stacked horizontally to the alley.
Noyes says she felt “blind-sided” by the kind of development that unfolded after Denver city leaders adopted a new zoning code in 2010 — a land-use plan that notably adopted Berkeley neighborhood leaders’ support for more intense development along Tennyson, especially between West 44th and 46th avenues.
“We wanted mixed-use. We wanted more people, more families over here,” says Noyes, who works out of a landscape architecture office on Tennyson and lives a short walk away. “But to have development consistently turn its back to the street by ignoring the type of elements that contribute to street character is a missed opportunity, and that is what has frustrated so many people here.”
A let-up is in sight. On Monday night, the Denver City Council, after nearly two years of city discussions and task force meetings, is expected to approve a raft of zoning rule changes that will more heavily regulate townhomes. (Update: The council approved the zoning code changes 11-0.)”
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Murry, Jon. Denver Post 6 May 2018.