“As gentrification sweeps across Denver, few places show it quite like Welton Street in Five Points, where the tension between the neighborhood’s history and new development is on prominent display along one strip.
On its face, gentrification is simply an economic function, the physical manifestations of investment and development in an underserved area. These changes however are not purely cosmetic and can come with a host of consequences that disproportionately affect minorities and low-income folks — people who typically reside in areas primed for heavy gentrification.
On Welton Street, gentrification has transformed a once predominantly black residential area into a luxury apartment-lined strip longtime residents can hardly recognize. The demographics in the area have changed nearly as quickly as the structures themselves.
“In 2010, this area, 80205, was one of the fastest gentrifying zip codes in the country. For the first time, more white babies were born there than African American babies,” City Council President Albus Brooks said.”
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Tellis, Allan. Denverite 14 April 2018.