Reader: New Buildings in Denver Have All the Charm of a 1950s Prison Complex

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Alan Prendergast's post about a satirical public notice announcing that "your presence is not valued" in developing Denver continues to generate online conversation.

No surprise, since buildings are going up at a rapid pace in many Denver neighborhoods, be they trendy or transitioning.

The designs of these structures, and the way they blend (or don't) with pre-existing homes and businesses, rubs plenty of folks the wrong way.

Like, for instance, this one.

Martin V. KnifeChief writes:

This is the damned truth. I went back to my old neighborhood and they are just attacking it on all levels. Not only building ugly, modern structures, but ones that close off the light or sight levels of other homes, some being tall apartment buildings! Rents for these cheaply built pieces of crap are insane. I saw a neighborhood with mixed use shops and other places turn almost completely into restaurants....all to feed the hordes of new people who don't cook in their spotless kitchens. Lawns and gardens are disappearing under gravel and concrete 'porches"...low maintenance for those "people on the go." Buildings are swallowing the whole lot, no room for bushes or trees, which can be "messy" and have pesky creatures like birds and squirrels. These new buildings have all the charm of communist Russia or a 1950's prison complex!! Too bad people like this sort of crap. Funny how times change and the 'minimalist' scene is back!

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