Reader: Newbies Think There Are Only Five Neighborhoods in Denver

RiNo is a relatively new identity for an old neighborhood.
RiNo is a relatively new identity for an old neighborhood.
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Newcomers and natives alike get confused over neighborhood boundaries and names in Denver. Five Points, for example, is a historic neighborhood that stretches all the way to the South Platte, according to official city maps, but people increasingly refer to the hot-hot area along Brighton Boulevard as RiNo, an appellation created over a decade ago when far-sighted neighborhood leaders banded together to create an arts district. And as Bree Davies recently reported, a newscast definitely stretched the boundaries when it said that the Wrangler, which is moving from Uptown to 3090 Downing Street, would be in RiNo — when that corner is actually far from RiNo, on the Five Points/Whittier border. Says Bernard: 

Attended a dinner last month with many newbies to the Denver area. They were convinced there are only five Denver neighborhoods:

The Highlands - Everything north of Alameda, and west of Broadway.
Stapleton - Everything east of Monaco, including Aurora west of I-225.
RiNo - The hip neighborhood between the Highlands and Stapleton.
Wash. Park - Everything south of Alameda.
Cherry Creek - The group did appear to know the boundaries of this neighborhood.

The NextDoor web site for my neighborhood is interesting as well. One new neighbor is proud to state the price he paid for his home, the make/model of his luxury European Sports sedan, and is flabbergasted this neighborhood isn't completely gentrified (Suspicious Person = Code word for non-white person), and that crime exists here. Another neighbor is trying to petition the City and County of Denver to add neighborhood services that HOAs generally provide. If these people only knew what this neighborhood was like 5-10 years ago, they would be more appreciative of how it is today.

Perhaps this is an unintended side effect of branding?

What do you think of Five Points? RiNo? Neighborhood nicknames in general?

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