Baker Neighborhood Memories

With the surge in new bars and restaurant on South Broadway, and with LoHi becoming rather pricey, I expect Baker will be slingshot into the “superhot” neighborhood category over the next couple years.

Having known Baker since moving to Denver after college, I have watched it closely over the years, wondering when it would “pop”.  I lived there for a time  time with my wife – then girlfriend/fiance’.   We loved its proximity to downtown, its walkability, the Victorian architecture and especially the weekend Mexican polka music concerts that came from the guys working on the van in the alley behind our house.  The  borderline seediness of South Broadway back then added a manageable level of danger and excitement – which was fun at the time.   The clash of cultures  proved to be fairly entertaining most of the time –  but  sometimes the crime and violence came a little too close to home.

Baker has always seemed to struggle to gentrify, but thing have changed fast in the area.  The key indicator of its current trajectory for me is not Punch Bowl Social, but rather the Humble Pie Store – which opened at 300 Elati – right around the corner from our old house on Fox.  Wish it was there when we lived there… When the old storefronts in the core start to reopen with new shops and restaurants – you know the transformation is on.

HumblePie

From the Denver Post:

The bumper sticker is popping up all over Baker, along with the number of bumpers now heading into one of Denver’s most eclectic neighborhoods since the recent opening of the sprawling Punch Bowl Social:

“Keep LoDo Off Broadway.”

The face of any hip neighborhood is always changing; that’s part of what makes it hip. But Baker, which has avoided the same fiscal cliff that has left much of Denver economically dangling for the past decade, just got more than a face-lift. It got a whole new face.

The Punch Bowl is bringing up to 900 more people into a thriving, independent shopping and entertainment strip that takes pride in being the anti-LoDo.

Read more:Perspectives vary on the great, if controversial, Punch Bowl Social in Denver’s Baker neighborhood – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_22388334/perspectives-vary-great-if-controversial-punch-bowl-social#ixzz2IMPqzGmg
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