The 1860’s through the 1950’s The area we know today as five points came into being in the year 1881 with all the converging streets of 26th Ave, 27th St., Washington St., and Welton st., simply would not fit on the streetcar stop sign it came to be known as “Five Points.” This neighborhood makes up quite a large geographical area near, and just north of Downtown Denver. Taking you north east along the South Platte River from about 20th St from the edge of the Ballpark through a community coming into it’s own renaissance known as River North Art District or “RiNo” Then down N. Downing st. to Park. Ave. and back up along E. 20th st. Forming a large triangle. This large area encompasses parts of the redevelopment Ballpark district, parts of Union Station area, Curtis Park is smack dab in the middle of Five Points with a history and vibe all its own. Part of what makes Five Points so special to transportation is this is along the area where Denver’s Downtown Street Grid meets the Neighborhood Street Grid of what was Denver’s first Suburbs. Originally Victorian Homes for sale in Five Points, were for the well to do.
If you thought the geographical area of Five Points was interesting and Diverse, the history of it’s people and what Five Points has meant to generations of the eclectic demographics who have called Five Points home will be equally as intriguing. When you think of Denver’s elite, the aristocracy, Mayors and prominent business owners may not be first to come to mind when you mention “Five Points” to the average Denver resident. However, from the late 1800’s, the roaring 20’s through the 1950’s Five Points was a vibrant area with some of the finest Jazz musicians performing at the Rossonian Hotel, built in 1912. A large African American presence formed in the area due to the fact that African Americans sadly, were discriminated against and not allowed to live in other areas of Denver. However, we can pay homage to the history as you will find many condos for sale in Five points that were once warehouses or even churches converted to hip and funky loft style Condos for sale.
After WWII and into the 1970’s the bottom fell out of Five Points, at one point dubbed “No Man’s Land” much of the wealth, development and people who could afford to move in fact did to other areas of Denver. Drugs, strife and lack of opportunity turned Five Points into an area where most who lived in Denver steered well clear. Businesses and developers alike looked elsewhere to more affluent areas to open shop and operate.
Moving forward from that time in the 70’s through the 80’s and 90’s the area known as Five Points was known as emerging, transitioning and even more recent the term Gentrification is used often as a negative as the history of the area inevitably becomes harder to define and hold onto. As the Baby Boomer’s started the process looking for downtown close, with the money and resources to help re-develop the area.
Today we have the millennials who also are finding their way into the community and calling the area of Five Points home. Many old buildings are finding new life as townhouses for sale in five points. Close to Downtown, part of the Ballpark District, the edges of “RiNo” and “LoDo” as parts of the Union Station area and with Curtis Park being right in the middle of Five Points. It’s safe to say Five Points, has arrived. The area continues to re-develop. Businesses are thriving. The economic transformation is not good news for everyone, with re-development comes costs. Human costs, the rising property values also increases costs for the residents who once could afford to live here are now finding themselves having to move from the area they call home. Five Points and Denver as a whole is not alone in this as the economy thrives and areas re-develop inevitably the cost of living in such areas also rises.
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