Reader: F.U. Gentrification

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A Comment of the Day arguing that buildings with modern designs have ruined the charm of the Highlands birthed an extremely passionate thread.

Opinions were widely varied.

Some people like the mix of old and new in the Highlands, while others are appalled by the combination and see it as an example of gentrification at its worst.

Here are samples from the conversation.

Martin V. KnifeChief wries:

They are absolutely terrible in design and style...with slab porches, ugly, flat fronts, square and boxy with all the charm of a prison complex. Not only that, but many of them use up "all' of the property with little room for any plants or trees. I was just down there last weekend and was shocked at the huge buildings being allowed in these small neighborhoods...and the parking? forget it! The new 'architecture" that is allegedly so "modern" goes back to the 1950-60 era of ugliness that we tried to erase over the last 40 years. Now, it is back! Another generation will come along and say "good God! WHAT were they thinking!!!???" The 'minimalist' style of furniture and furnishings, too, have had a resurgence and some of the plywood and chrome crap that we threw out now has a high dollar value. To, at least, build a house that fits the style and design of a neighborhood is not that hard. We have a "modern' area near here with nice looking and landscaped homes that look like Victorian homes. People love it. I was just in a McDonalds yesterday that was 'remodeled" and it changed from a comfortable space to a prison break room feel...same color scheme as well. Now, I have never been "in' prison, but I worked a job where I had to go into them now and then.

Amanda Barton writes:

Totally ruined. I grew up on 26th and Meade and they tore down the neighbors house to put some square ugly modern thing. It's sad really.. Like why wipe out all the history of a neighborhood we love so much.

Julie Mosley writes:

I mean, things change. It would be all Victorian houses otherwise, but then mid century bungalows and cottages were built. And a few duplexes and traditional houses and buildings etc. The face of neighborhoods change with the times. I like the mixture of buildings we have in this neighborhood.

Russ Jubert writes:

I wonder if folks living in the Victorian style houses complained about the bungalows being built in the 30's or the ranch style houses in the 50's? Or I wonder if people just like to complain about any changes....

Sean Paul Gribbons writes:

Being a real estate agent Im in these homes all the time. I understand some may think it takes away from the feel but the only places you wont find these new modern homes is in the historic districts. The highlands is really a blend of old and new. That's why I like it so much!

Caleb Brooks writes:

Disagree — love the new buildings and designs to make the neighborhoods more diverse and increase property values.

Shelby Gonzales Parker writes:

No the word 'Highlands' has ruined the northside.. these Dr. Seuss looking houses are destroying what us CO Natives love about our home. F. U Gentrification.

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