what goes around comes around

… signs began to appear that middle-income households were moving into Baker, radically altering the neighborhood’s profile. Young white couples and singles, attracted by Baker’s distinctive homes, affordable prices, and convenient location, were apparently buying their first homes in the neighborhood. Many statistical indicators confirm that Baker was, indeed, undergoing revitalization…

after you ponder this description of change in Baker, one that anyone who has been here even a few years would say is familiar, you may be surprised to read the full text (starting on page 85) of Revitalizing America's Cities: Neighborhood Reinvestment and Displacement

the geography of Baker tweets

MapBox has teamed with Gnip to build powerful visualizations of Twitter data, giving us a fresh way to look at the geography of Baker…

this image is from an interactive map of tweets made from mobile devices, centered on Baker; 6th Ave & Mississippi are at top & bottom, Broadway/Lincoln are on the right and the diagonals of I-25 and the light rail are clearly visible

Apartment Therapy likes Baker couple's small-home style

Business: 

Apartment Therapy has just published a profile and photo tour of the stylish 630-square-foot Baker home of Jenna & Lexxa; the two renovated their up-down Colonial duplex 12 years ago and have kept it fresh with an eye for style that Jenna has applied also to Hazel & Dewey, the "modern mercantile" she owns at 70 S. Broadway

Hazel & Dewey

Hazel & Dewey is a "modern mercantile" in the emerging scene of locally-owned businesses with well-curated product selections; the store feels like a small museum of functional design, focused on kitchen-to-table items, but also with art, greeting cards, a few fine edibles … a great place to shop for gifts

B-cycle installed at 1st & Broadway

B-cycle waited until construction of the station had begun on 17 April, three weeks after we noted that Denver Urbanism spilled the beans, to officially confirm the location of Baker's first B-cycle station; an email from B-cycle today also says another station has opened close to Baker at Bayaud & Pennsylvania

interior of Webber Theater (Kitty's South), September 2012

Westword today quoted our 2011 article on the Webber Theater, so it seemed worth putting up this grab-shot of the interior during taken another spate of work in September 2012

this shot shows the lobby structure mostly removed, and debris being cleared from the gaping void of the slope-floored original theater space; the old proscenium is dimly visible

like Westword, we have no news on the building's fate

B-cycle coming to 1st & Broadway

when B-cycle recently announced addition of 31 new stations, Baker was mentioned, but details were lacking; we tried to pin them down, but B-cycle wrote back, "We have not yet announced all of the exact station locations, but if you are subscribed to our newsletter and social media, you will get the news as soon as it becomes public." …

no such details have emerged on @Denver_Bcycle, but the Denver Urbanism blog spilled the beans today: "The addition of a station on South Broadway at 1st Avenue, will be welcomed by the busy South Broadway commercial district." (nitpick: 1st Ave. intersects with North Broadway)

Black Sky Brewing - Former Breckenridge brewer moves a block East with metal and Newhaven pizza

Harry Smith and Lila Mackey are opening up a heavy metal themed brewery at 490 Santa Fe.

Their coming soon sign promises a brewery, taproom, and New Haven style pizza.

There are no plans for Black Sky to produce beer for off-site consumption - no cans or bottles - but maybe you'll be able to get a growler or keg if you ask really nicely?

Congratulations to Harry and Lila on the new venture.

ampersands on Broadway #8: a new address for a dress?

detail of a child’s dress recently for sale at Compassion Thrift Store, 414 Broadway (spotted by Loretta K.)

this is our most enigmatic ampersand yet: a post-modern combination of birds in flight, dapper foxes with helium balloons, lace fringe, and the word — not the glyph — Ampersand in a typeface a step above Comic Sans; we can only imagine how this has influenced the children who’ve worn it; it may still be there waiting to be worn again

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