In the fifth stop on his series on Denver's neighborhoods — and what riles up their residents — Teague Bohlen recently visited the Baker District, which is booming, with plenty of new businesses along Broadway and prices rising fast on the historic bungalows along the streets of the neighborhood — whatever you call it. As Bohlen notes in the Seven Things That Make Residents of Baker Really, Really Mad, the name of the area is one of those things. Explains Robert:
The neighborhood was called the westside before a title was given. Similar to the northside with new names (Highlands, LoHi).
I rarely put up with Westword's comment system but this article gets me mad! It reads as if the author skimmed the bakerneighborhood.org website and didn't actually talk to any Baker residents or notice the Wikipedia article on the neighborhood. Start with the article title: "Baker District" is a misnomer spawned by realtors who confused the neighborhood as a whole with the historic district, mixed with visitors looking for a name for their excitement about Broadway. The Baker name was applied in the 1970s when the city mapped out "statistical neighborhoods" for record-keeping purposes. The city put the boundary at Broadway, and the neighborhood association, decades later, chose Lincoln in order to get notices for both sides of Broadway; the east side of Broadway is actually in the Speer and West Washington Park neighborhoods. Before the '70s, several other names applied to the general area, including South Side, Broadway Terrace and the West Side; the Baker Historic District is only a portion of the residential area, and does not include any part of Broadway.
No matter what the official name of the area may be, this reader is worried about what's happening there now. Warns Neil:
The battle is on in Denver for the working class to have a place to live in order to serve the well-to-do. What will the hipsters do when there is no one to do the work they would never dirty their hands doing?
What do you think of what's happening in the Baker neighborhood?
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