Reader: Is Highland under attack by skinny-jean-wearing hipsters?

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In the heart of LoHi.
Denver is a city filled with great neighborhoods -- and ardent fans of those neighborhoods, whatever they may be called. We've had debates here over the name of the area northwest of Washington Park, whether Boulder can be considered a neighborhood, where LoDo ends and the Ballpark Neighborhood begins, and whether Larimer Square is part of LoDo. But the loudest discussions involve Northwest Denver.

The latest? Whether Charlie's Ice Cream Social is in Berkeley. And while we're in the neighborhood....

Says Lbortolotto:

Talk about neighborhood controversy! You haven't even touched on the can-of-worms that is Lower Highland, or Highland, or LoHi. Just the mere mention of the realtor-inspired monicker 'LoHi' is enough to get long-time residents into a twist.

As a business owner in the area, 'LoHi' is catchy and trendy and the kids dig it; however diplomacy requires the use of the term 'Highland' when dealing with long time residents as they feel their neighborhood is under attack by skinny-jean wearing hipsters and Porsche-driving yuppies. Oh how the times have changed!

Yes, they have, and nowhere more than in northwest Denver -- no matter what you call the area north of Colfax, west of I-25. And what do you call it? Post your comment below, or join the conversation already under way here.


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Charlie's Ice Cream Social

3559 W. 44th Ave., Denver, CO

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Aservantwriting
Aservantwriting

I don't know what to call North Denver. Well, except maybe "North Denver." I played with "Awesomeburg" for a little while, and then considered "Iconic 50's Landmark Really Sweet Bar Scene Land" but that was a little hard to say in a single breath, and really only described a few blocks of LoHi. So "North Denver" it is. This link does accurate describe the scene in LoHi that LBortolotto was referring to, I believe! http://aservant.posterous.com/... 

Philo99
Philo99

I am officially proclaiming that the Highlands have jumped the shark. After 15 years in this neighborhood I am planning on moving.  It's no longer a neighborhood; it has now become a destination With that change comes the traffic, the lack of parking, and the restaurants that are so packed I can't get in. While I'm happy for the local businesses, it's no longer a neighborhood I want to live in. Rather its a place I want to visit for a night of drunken debauchery. It has become the Buckhead of Denver.  The Highlands used to be a small community of young families fixing up their homes, now its spiraling condos. The Highland Street Fair used to be a community event with a few local bands and neighbors getting together for a few beers. Now it's a maxed out vendorplex where the local businesses have been shut out and the local feel is completely gone. When I first moved here people said it was dangerous but crime is now worse than I have ever seen it. There has been a rash of car thefts, and home break ins like I have never seen. There isn’t a neighbor on my block that hasn’t been a victim of crime this year.  

what
what

 Crime?  You should have lived in this hood in the 80s, my friend. 

Oscar Javier Aguirre
Oscar Javier Aguirre

yes crime has gotten bad here in the hood, but i do have to defend our DPD district commander and the scat teams as well as the neighborhood watch groups. They are working hard placing crime signs all over reminding people to Not leave valuables in the open, dont leave your garrage door on you visior... Yes My car has gotten stolen, and we have gotten vandalized a few times... its what happens when people who are not invested in the neighborhood come and take what they want. Its sad... this is when we need to band together tighter as a family and show the shady elements that they are being watched. There is so much indifference in the hood nowadays, people are afraid to talk to each other, I don't care what and who you are... A Northsider, a Highlander, a trendy hipster who rides a porch, or a business owner...this is your neighborhood as much as it is mine, and we need to keep supporting each other, look out for each other... not move out. this is when we band together... that is what makes MY neighborhood great!

Oh on the flipside... Taza de cafe & Charlies Ice Cream is owned by My cousin Rosemary whos mom used to own El Broncito on 44th & Federal... she too has seen the changes around our hood and she too is a Northsider who doesnt care what title you put on our hood... Its still OUR hood (Choose North Now)

Enzo269
Enzo269

I am one of those Porsche driving yuppies in LoHi.. Yes LoHi!

Oscar Javier Aguirre
Oscar Javier Aguirre

My Hood has gone into several different changes... when i was a kid nobody wanted to live here but those who did had a sense of community family. We had two Lighter shades of Brown Italians and Mexican (chicano). We called our hood the Northside. It went as far south as Colfax and NORTH to Inspiration point, West to Sheridan and East to I-25. People couldn't leave fast enough...but those who lived here were working class families and OUR Hood was a Family In the year of the Y-2k we started seeing a different type of crowd. The 16th St viaduct was torn down and then became a pedestrian bridge...Olinger's moved, and Now you have re-purposing of buildings that are housing trendy bars, and shops, where many Nothsiders wouldn't venture for respect of our past. Highlands Used to be in the 32nd & Lowell area but it evolved to include 32nd & Tejon, 15th & Boulder.  Eventually Families moved out and replaced by Yuppies; the 20-30 somethings; Many businesses stayed like Rosa Linda's, Lechugas, Taqueria Patzquaros, Panaderia Rosales, and La Casita de tamales, graciously opened our arms welcoming the trendy hipsters. Unfortunately we are not hip enough..LOL!  Now the trendy yuppy Hipsters eventually became the likes of "highland mommies" saw what generations past saw. This hood is a great place to live, raise families and start business. This hood is worth fighting for our schools especially NORTH High! its our schools that created our identity and generations past & present are fighting to bring back our community through our schools. Northside, Highland, LOHI, it doesn't matter what you call it, So long as Lechugas, Patties, Rosa Lindas, Taqueria Patzquaros, Amendment XXI, Ben & Tot, and Little Man Ice cream, stay it will always welcome the New Generation of Hipsters with open arms. 

denverluv
denverluv

Don't forget the infamous Gaetano's... Denver Italian's history.

NWD
NWD

 Gaetanos is not the be all and end all of Denver Italians, just the most infamous.  Many of the old places are still around

And Gaetano's now is not Gaetano's then.  Although the last 10 or so years of the "old" Gaetanos was not the same either.  Not after they sold off the kitchen and only ran the bar part of the restaurant.

I would give my left arm for the old homemade spaghetti and the ricotta stuffed pizza.  Makes me so sad, I just want to go into a corner and cry

Lbortolotto
Lbortolotto

"-Lululemon gluten-free mommies with irritating menu substitution requests."  LOVE it!! 

Frank22
Frank22

don't forget the double wide strollers

Steveo65
Steveo65

Patty,What is your opinion, since I know you live in the neighborhood as well?

Mantonat
Mantonat

As much as I love making fun of groups who express their individuality by dressing the same and partaking in all the same activities, the hipsters are a big part of what's made the Denver restaurant scene (and particularly LoHi - yes, I said it) so successful. I may think it's goofy to squeeze into your 12-year-old sister's jeans, wax your mustache, and head out on your fixie, but behavior is far more important than appearance, and most people between the ages of 21-30 seem to be spending every bit of extra income in Denver bars and restaurants, despite several years of economic stagnation. For that I am thankful, because they've helped keep some of my favorite places in business. It seems that many people in that demographic have also educated themselves about good food and beverage, which is more than I can say about my peer group when I was that age (who were mainly concerned with their cheeseburger in paradise).

eldaveablo
eldaveablo

So, what IS the area NW of Wash Park Called? 

Uncledave8
Uncledave8

Well, technically the area NW of Wash Park is West Wash Park.  I live there and I think Hungarian Freedom Park would be more accurate because it certainly doesn't have much to do with Wash Park (West or otherwise).

eldaveablo
eldaveablo

Yeah, I live there too and never know what to call it since I am halfway between The Park and S. Broadway. 

Guest
Guest

All people who hang out in Lohi are jerks in one way or another. Lohi is full of: -skinny jean mustached yuppies.-people from Highlands Ranch who think they're living on the edge because they're eating brunch in a newly gentrified neighborhood.-Lululemon gluten-free mommies with irritating menu substitution requests.-middle aged men who rode in from 4 miles away on $10,000 roadbikes and are prancing around in spandex while sipping their lattes from the REI Starbucks.

Steveo65
Steveo65

And some of us just live in the neighborhood and are thankful there are so many terrific restaurants to chose from in walking distance.

denverluv
denverluv

Yes, I live here in the walking distance of terrific restaurants with fantastic cocktails, however it often seems I cannot eat here, because it is always an hour wait... "I live here, but can I eat here?...maybe on a tuesday or wednesday between 2 and 5. 

NWD
NWD

 Don't forget the Highland Mommies Mafia ready to beat down anyone who gets in their way, disagrees with them, or doesn't show the absolute deference to each of their members.

I would say that the Smaldone brothers are rolling over in their graves, but they would probably be quite impressed with their tactics. 

davebarnes
davebarnes

The North Side."North Side Story, Phil Goodstein writes book on North Denver"http://www.northdenvertribune....

The North Side =Jefferson, Sloan's Lake, Highland, West Highland, Berkeley, Sunnyside, Regis, Chafee Park.Some people would argue that it is Sloan Lake, but I would not.http://www.denvergov.org/denve... does not have the possessive.

"Is Highland under attack by skinny-jean-wearing hipsters?"It does not matter as soon they will be middle aged and fat.

Guest
Guest

If it isn't "Sloan Lake", then the sign in the park needs to be corrected.

Scott Bennett
Scott Bennett

Or is the double negative sentence construction you used just doing my head in?

Scott B
Scott B

They changed the sign to Sloan's Lake a few years ago. Did they change it back?

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