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Taggers and Protesters Descend on Ink! Coffee After Gentrification Joke

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Danielle Lirette
Protesters show up at Ink! Coffee (2851 Larimer Street) on Saturday, November 25, to object to the company's jokes about gentrification.
Earlier this week, Ink! Coffee (2851 Larimer Street) put out a sidewalk sign that read "Happily Gentrifying the Neighborhood Since 2014." The sign has since been removed and the company has apologized, but Denverites aren't ready to forgive and forget the insensitive joke. Taggers have vandalized the storefront twice and a window has been broken. And on the afternoon of November 25, protesters gathered to show their displeasure, waving signs that blamed white supremacy, the I-70 expansion plans, and even Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks and Mayor Michael Hancock. Here are photos of the police and cleanup crews on the scene after the vandalism, and of the protest, organized by community leader Tay Anderson.