Reader: Broke hipsters would be a blessing in Highland

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The original home of Heidi's, which closed in November, is becoming the Matador.
Highland is changing, fast, and for proof you don't need to look further than the block of West 32nd Avenue that for two decades was home to both the original Common Grounds and the first Heidi's Deli. But Common Grounds dried up in April (it will reopen in Sunnyside) and Heidi's closed last November; that space at the corner of Lowell and 32nd is becoming the Matador, and some neighbors worry that it will become a magnet for drunk hipsters.

See also:
- Reader: Matador will have more tequila-drunk hipsters roaming the neighborhood
- Photos: Last call at the original Heidi's in Highland
- Common Grounds will pour its last cup at original location

But there are worse things in the 'hood, says OG-FromTheNORTHside:


I don't think the people wandering around getting drunk in this neighborhood are hipsters. These folks are actual residents of the neighborhood, who moved in and renamed everything in the NORTH side. If there is any hate going on here it's resident on resident for being so 'cool'. Let's get serious this area is too far from Downtown for people to travel, so Yay, us! Say hi to to your neighbors.

I grew up in this neighborhood until I was in my mid-thirties and had children. When I got tired of the neighbors (not hipsters) I decided to move myself and my latin ass family out. A case of reverse white flight? Guess where we went? Further into the suburbs, exploring everything outside of the reach of these complaining cretins that think they own the neighborhood (now primarily populated by non-natives).

This neighborhood is now inhabited by a bunch of clones. Take note of them trying to parallel park their Audi's on each other while crying on their cell phones, desperately wondering when Whole Foods will arrive to liberate their mundane existence. Broke hipsters would be a blessing to this neighborhood, trust me.


What do you think of the changes in Highland?



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masonlgoetz
masonlgoetz

This is ridiculous. None of you would be saying this to each other if you were meeting face-to-face. Is the Highlands changing? Absolutely. Has the Highlands been changing ever since it's formation in the late 1800s? Yes again. OG, you are just as bad as the generalizations you are complaining about. Everyone else giving him grief, you're guilty as well. Why is there so much hate associated with a neighborhood changing? Last time I checked, generalizing large groups of people doesn't get you too far. 

mcjesus
mcjesus

One of the last times I was in Highlands was during happy hour. There was road construction, so traffic was backed up. The procession: Hummer, Rover, BMW, BMW, Harley, Escalade, Mini. I stopped visiting Highlands when it became the land of 3-wheeled strollers and over-sized dog turds, so I missed the Audi invasion. I tired of most meal propositions being $25 (before drinks). And, frankly, I was craving simple food and simpler surroundings. Once in a while I'll pass through 32nd Ave., though I try to avoid it. I love Paxia and that it's deserted for a late weekend brunch, and usually not busy for weekday lunch.

joshmishell
joshmishell

I'm mostly intrigued at what a Latin "ass family" is all about.

Filippo Broggini
Filippo Broggini

You may or may not share the opinion of this guy. But he is a genius! "Take note of them trying to parallel park their Audi's on each other while crying on their cell phones, desperately wondering when Whole Foods will arrive to liberate their mundane existence."

Lucy Villarreal
Lucy Villarreal

Sad to find out that Heidi's closed! I was looking forward to going back there and to Common Grounds :(

Jon_S
Jon_S

I'm not sure the mobs overrunning Highland Square are all locals, but the comment is correct that they definitely aren't hipsters. It isn't a skinny jean and thick rim glasses kind of crowd. It's more like a sea of John Mayer fans. I'm not sure exactly why, but every time I'm in Highland Square I look around and think to myself that all of these people seem like they really enjoy John Mayer. So yeah.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

OG-FromTheNORTHside: Sorry you can't afford to live in a nice neighborhood, although I'm sure you will love dining at Chili's in your suburban "neighborhood"


Since we came in and fixed up the neighborhood there is not longer a need to insult the area by calling it the Northside. Now that it's safe and well maintained we prefer the term the Highlands.

Michael564
Michael564

@Jon_S I believe you, and OG, misinterpreted my original comment about the hipsters. Otherwise you'd have added a "*yet*" to your first sentence. :-)
They are coming. They are coming. They're here?

ctewell1
ctewell1

@WillieStortz well you are just a cracker ass cracker hunh. Denver is such a great place because of its diversity in EVERY neighborhood. You must not be from Denver and if you are "from Denver" you must have grown up in Highlands Ranch or Parker. Paint your walls tan often?

mcjesus
mcjesus

@WillieStortz"Since we came in and fixed up the neighborhood"

You're kind of full of your own shit, eh?

OGFromWhiteCastle
OGFromWhiteCastle

@WillieStortzSince we came in and fixed up the neighborhood there is not longer a need to insult the area by calling it the Northside. Now that it's safe and well maintained we prefer the term the Highlands.


Gentrification speaks. Who is this collective 'We' that fixed the neighborhood and made it safe to leave your iPad unlocked in your car? Is that the same 'We' waiting anxiously to run all the other 'colored' folks out? I'm not certain everyone would like to be included in your collective term or agrees with you. 

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@WillieStortz and OG-FromTheNORTHside, the neighborhood around 32nd and Lowell is, and has been for a long time, the Highland neighborhood. Note that there is no "s" on the end, unlike the suburb of Highlands Ranch. "Northside" or "North Denver" are great reminders of Denver's history, but are not official neighborhood names. 

In fact, here's a quote from the Rocky Mountain News, from around the 1860 (thank, Wikipedia): ""No more handsome location for residences can be found than on the highlands of Highland, on the opposite side of the river from and overlooking Auraria and Denver, and a vast extent of surrounding territory." 

So have pride in the name Highland and have pride in the rich (texturally, not necessarily economically) and diverse history of the people who live there. OG, if you are looking for a great neighborhood filled with real people from all walks of life, try Harvey Park. The great thing about a neighborhood is the vibrant cross-section of so many different kinds of people: retirees, young first-time homeowners, Mexicans, African Americans, Vietnamese, grumpy assholes like WillieStortz, gay couples, hipsters, young kids and highschoolers, gardeners, Tea Partiers with "Don't Tread on Me" flags, mechanics with multiple cars in their driveways, dog walkers, do-gooders, and shut-ins. And none of it's controlled by HOAs or covenants. 

Cheers to both of you for helping make Denver the fun city it is. 

wewatta
wewatta

@OGFromWhiteCastle @WillieStortz LMAO!! You are completely naive or a complete moron if you leave your car doors unlocked, much less with an IPad in it.  You may want to take credit for cleaning things up, but it still ain't Mayberry.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

@Mantonat @WillieStortz Glad it was Highland in 1860 but in there here and now everyone refers to it as the Highlands, or the West Highlands.


I know of Harvey Park, I had my car broken into there once.

ctewell1
ctewell1

@WillieStortz @ctewell1 damn willie youre gonna hate this but I am a white guy and I grew up in congress park! Im just not a lame suburb honkey tonk bo jangles like you. Every now and then some of those find their way into the city I guess, mostly in "The Highlands" hahaha. Keep it real wonder bread 

wewatta
wewatta

@WillieStortz @Mantonat It IS the fucking Northside.  Pretty it up all you want, those of us who have been here forever remember and refuse to change for all the newbies.

  The old timer Italians used to gripe that the Mexicans (no delineation among any actual groups, of course) were taking over and ruining the Northside, it seems the OG would fit that interloper category.  While I too hate on the Highland mommies that have taken over, this is an old, old argument.

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

@Michael564 @WillieStortz Willie's probably bitching to HR about his French benefits but he'll be back as soon as he straightens 'em out, to tell you that everyone in the here and now knows it as Sloan's Lake no matter what it might have been called in 1915...

Michael564
Michael564

@WillieStortz People who don't live in or near the area call it Highlands and West Highlands. Those of us who do live here know the difference, but rarely are we obnoxious enough to continuously correct you.
The area west of the river IS known as "the Highlands" though, encompassing both neighborhoods.
Me? I live in Sloan Lake. (notice, no 's' here either).

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@WillieStortz @Mantonat Everyone says "irregardless" too, but that doesn't make everyone right.

And sorry about the car - that was me. Do you want your 64oz Big Gulp, your Tim Tebow bobblehead, and your Ed Hardy visor-mounted CD holder back?

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