See Denver Neighborhood Changes From Slot Houses, Development Boom

The recently published post "Denver Development and Controversial Impact of 'Slot Houses'" draws upon "Documenting Change in Denver," part of an analysis being conducted by the University of Colorado Denver's Center for Advanced Research and Traditional Architecture.

In tracking the building boom in Denver, CARTA director Christine Franck spotlights the West Colfax neighborhood (and a small part of the Sloan's Lake neighborhood) and the proliferation there of "slot houses," which she describes as "two rows of townhouses that are turned and faced inward toward each other."

The design is among the most controversial in Denver — a frequent target of locals who complain about fugly buildings that destroy the traditional character of the areas in which they're erected.

For the study, Franck photographed many of the slot houses and other new multi-unit complexes in the aforementioned neighborhoods. She stresses that the images aren't meant to be pejorative; she tried her best to remain neutral by merely documenting the structures and their juxtaposition with previously built dwellings. But we have a feeling her shots will stir strong reactions among viewers no matter how they feel about the current state of development in Denver.

Look below to see twenty of Franck's photos from the West Colfax and Sloan's Lake neighborhoods. Click to check out "Documenting Change in Denver" in its entirety.

Continue to see ten more photos depicting development in Denver's West Colfax and Sloan's Lake neighborhood, including additional images of slot houses.

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