Michael Thornton is a Baker neighborhood icon: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

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Wedged between commercial and industrial development south of West Sixth Avenue, the Baker neighborhood contains the city's largest assortment of middle-class Queen Anne houses and the widest variety of eclectic oddballs...

Originally called the "South Side," the Baker neighborhood was annexed to the city of Denver in 1883. Home building followed the commercial development of Broadway to the east and the industrial development of Santa Fe Drive to the west. The statelier homes along the Bannock Street district line progressively give way to more modest cottages on each block due west.

The western edge of Baker is a curious checkerboard of light industry and vernacular housing that hums with the sound of business by weekday but is as tranquil as the countryside on evenings and weekends. It's the kind of environment that is attractive to urban wildlife and other, more exotic creatures. Meet Baker resident Michael Thornton...


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