Reader: Keep LoDo out of Upper Larimer, or it will wind up like Baker

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Lori Midson
The future Meadowlark Kitchen,
The upper Larimer/RiNo neighborhood is hopping these days. Tenants continue to open in The Source, at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, and new plans are popping all over the area. The latest: Joshua Bitz, sous at the original Squeaky Bean in Highland and again at the new Squeaky Bean in LoDo, plans to open the Meadowlark Kitchen at 2705 Larimer Street with partner Casey Karns in mid-November. Bitz had looked at other spaces, but then found this spot next to the Meadowlark, and says he "loves the feel of the building and the vibe of the neighborhood. There's just a culture to this neighborhood that's unique, and it felt right."

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Joshua Bitz, Squeaky Bean's former sous, to open Meadowlark Kitchen on Larimer

And the Meadowlark Kitchen plans sound just right for this part of town.

Says Weltonwalker:

I'm glad to hear this. This neighborhood needs some great dining options to bolster growth. By far my favorite neighborhood in Denver. Let's keep its feel, and keep LoDo out so it doesn't end up like Baker.
Has success ruined LoDo? The Baker neighborhood? And will it ruin RiNo, too?

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Meadowlark Kitchen

2705 Larimer St., Denver, CO

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my impression is few really know what "Baker" is; most people seem to think it's the commercial district at Baker's eastern edge; from a residential perspective the comparison of Baker & RINO is quite different 

residentially, RINO has many more redevelop-able lots and much more potential density than the part of Baker north of Alameda, and i'd say RINO is gentrifying at a faster pace than Baker ever did, though it is not as "mature" as Baker; RINO has less of an established population to displace, though, so gentrification may be less disruptive overall; when (if) the Denver Design District or the Gates redevelopment kicks in, though, Baker residents will experience huge change, perhaps somewhat like North Cherry Creek; don't hold your breath, but if you're still here in 2030, i told you so

in the shorter term Santa Fe/Kalamath south of 6th (another part of Baker) is a better comparison to RINO; it is a smaller area and seems to be at an earlier stage of RINO-type development,  without the large residential developments; but i doubt that's what Weltonwalker meant by "Baker"; in fact i don't think we were supposed to talk about actual neighborhoods, were we? 


I'm curious as to what the hell's wrong with Baker.  Punchbowl being full of tools a couple of nights a week hardly ruined the neighborhood.


This silly, wide-net nomenclature where anybody that doesn't like anything refers to it as 'LoDo' is inarticulate and nonsensical.  I hear it used arbitrarily and in lazy ways across multiple topics.  Can't we all just think through what we are saying and say it instead of throwing the babies out with the bath water? 

I now immediately dismiss all commentary that suggests keeping LoDo out of anything.  

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@AtticusFinch Really.  The recent spate of gun incidents hasn't done enough to convince you that Lodo sucks hard.  Pass on the drunken frat boys and gangstas.

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