By Joe Vaccarelli
Denver’s Whittier neighborhood has often found itself in the center of racial issues in the city.
In the 1920s and ’30s, it contained the “color line” — ironically near Race Street close to 28th Avenue — that served as an unofficial line, segregating white homes from African-American homes.
More recently, last year a person began circulating racist letters in the 2700 block of Lafayette Street, telling African-Americans and Jewish people that there was no room for them in the neighborhood, while this year, the neighborhood has had a front-row seat to some of the most violent gang activity in the past five years.
But neighborhood leaders aren’t about to ignore the past or the present.
The Whittier Neighborhood Association is getting ready to unveil the Whittier Alley Loop project, a half-mile pathway across four alleys that will feature murals, historical markers and an outdoor reading area at the neighborhood’s Ford-Warren Library. READ WHOLE STORY at YOURHUB Denver Post.
Jessie Couch paints the porch at Nateria Williams’ home May 14. Volunteers with Keller Williams and Rebuilding Together Metro Denver helped spruce up Williams’ home. (Anya Semenoff, YourHub)