“Cranes building future developments loom above murals of past glory in a Denver neighborhood that’s changing almost beyond recognition.
Five Points is named for the intersection of Welton Street, 27th Street, Washington Street and East 26th Avenue – and what was historically known as a sanctuary for the African American community has become increasingly gentrified at a pace even faster than Denver’s overall boom.
There are now yoga studios, a dispensary and a brewery on the Welton Street thoroughfare that used to have multiple famous jazz clubs, soul food restaurants and barbershops.
“Five Points has changed dramatically,” said Jeff Fard, the founder of Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center. “I mean, you could be here next week and may not notice this community. It’s changing rapidly.
“Businesses that used to be here are no longer here. Owners that used to be here are no longer here.”
Population statistics back this up. According to DenverMetroData.org, the white population in Five Points has risen more than 1,000 percent since the 2000 census, and it’s no longer a predominantly African American community.”
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Sylte, Allison. Channel 9 News 10 May 2018.