Guardian story delves into gentrification and white privilege in Denver

A story in The Guardian took a look at gentrification and white privilege in Denver.


For the first time in its history, Denver is so crowded, so desirable, that the "endless" neighbourhoods of bungalows are proving finite. There’s not enough space for everyone who wants a front porch and backyard a stone’s throw from downtown, in a historic neighbourhood with a high "walk score" (the area’s walkability). The cost of this growth is the displacement of the city’s remaining working class, and the city government, cashing in on the boom, is leading the process.

While the neighbourhoods south and east of downtown have always been expensive and predominately white, until recently those north of downtown remained lower-income and mainly Latino, alongside descendants of other immigrant communities -- Italian, Irish, and Eastern European. North-west Denver, or Northside (which includes the neighbourhoods Highland, Sunnyside, and Berkeley), has the iconic grid: brick houses and century-old shade trees, interspersed with former "streetcar downtowns". It didn’t take much time after being discovered for the neighbourhoods to gentrify.

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