LoHi (Lower Highland), Highland Park, Denver
The neighborhood in one sentence: Among the real estate agent-created hyphenates that have made their way into everyday use is Lo-Hi (short for Lower Highland). Highland is a historic and fast-growing area on a hill across the river and Interstate 25 from downtown Denver proper. It’s attracting new apartment buildings and condo complexes, bars and restaurants, shops and small businesses — and twenty- and thirty-somethings on seemingly every block.
Favorite places and best-kept secrets: The Little Man Ice Cream plaza is a wonderful urban spot with music and character, despite the often too-long line for treats. (Line woes are similar for food and drinks at neighboring Linger.) And, sure, you can wait forever to get into Williams & Graham — and it’s worth it — but the best-kept secrets are the long-established bars in the neighborhood, including My Brother’s Bar on Platte Street and Highland Tavern on Navajo Street.
Better for buyers or renters?: There’s a healthy mix of both, but home prices and rents are soaring.
What else should people know about the neighborhood?: Highland, originally its own town, was one of the early settlements of Denver. It has a rich history of ethnic enclaves of Italians and later Latinos, but that history is at risk of becoming a mere footnote amid rapid gentrification.
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