Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

The Lowdown on LoHi

Although I haven't moved in a decade, I now live in LoHi. The reason? The area of town where I live -- right above I-25, at the very edge of Highland -- is newly hip, and a newly hip area needs a hippish name. Enter lohi, as it's referred to on Colorado Homefinder, or LoHi, as they capitalize it up at the LoHi Marketplace, which is actually the old Olinger's building at 16th and Boulder streets.

You can trace the origins of the LoHi nickname to this building. Turns out that when the developer took it over from the mortuary, Olinger's asked that its name not be used in marketing -- even though the Olinger's sign remains a neighborhood landmark. Enter LoHi, which will acquire another landmark when the Little Man Ice Cream Can is dedicated at 7:30 p.m. tonight, July 3, right by the LoHi Marketplace.

But it's another tenant of that building -- Lola -- that inspired the name I now use for the my neighborhood: SoLola.

And it is. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun