The Five Points Denver CO is a historic neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. It is located on the northwest end of Downtown and just north of Civic Center, between I-25 and Broadway. The name refers to the intersection of 20th Street, 26th Avenue, and Washington Street.
At one time, it was considered one of Denver’s most prestigious neighborhoods. The low cost of land in the 1930s allowed for larger houses to be built compared to other areas near Downtown. However, during the 1960s and 1970s, developers began to build large apartment complexes on the outskirts of this neighborhood, which lowered property values and increased crime rates. Many police officers, city workers, and Denver Public School teachers lived here due to the affordability of housing in the area. However, by 1980 crime rates had risen dramatically, and many wealthier people began to move out.
1999 Five Points Multimodal Station Plan
The 1999 ‘Five Points Multimodal Station Plan’ is an initiative for redevelopment around the Denver RTD light rail station in the near future. This plan includes the potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) with a mix of uses, public space, and affordable housing, all linked together by pedestrian and bicycle amenities.
Today the Five Points neighborhood is still home to many Hispanic and African American residents. There has been a resurgence in businesses such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and bakeries which reflect the changes in the neighborhood. It is also one of Denver’s most walkable neighborhoods, which has led to an increase in younger residents calling Five Points home.
Five Points (Denver)
The Five Points Neighborhood is in northwest Downtown Denver, Colorado, and can be bordered by 24th Street on the south, 32nd Avenue on the west, Washington Street on the east, and 20th Street on the north. This neighborhood is also considered to be part of Curtis Park (neighborhood), with the eastern border of Five Points being the northern border for Curtis Park.
Five Points is named after the 5-point intersection at which Welton, 26th Avenue, Washington Street, and 20th Streets all intersect.
Five Points was a historic streetcar suburb of Denver that thrived in the early to mid-20th century, a time during which African Americans were excluded from much housing and employment opportunities throughout Colorado. For this reason, the Five Points neighborhood became a hub for black culture and commerce in Denver. It also hosted many jazz clubs, churches, and other venues that supported the growing African-American community in Denver.
The Five Points neighborhood declined after the 1960s as many of its residents moved away or out to newer suburbs. For decades it was considered an economically depressed area with high crime rates but has since seen redevelopment due to new condominium projects downtown. The area is extremely walkable, with its main streets (26th Avenue and Welton Street/Washington Street) boasting a combined 36,000 cars passing through them daily.
Five Points has the potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) in accordance with the 1999 Five Points Multimodal Station Plan, which was put together by representatives of the city, neighborhood, and business community. The plan provides a framework for redevelopment that includes transit-oriented development (TOD), pedestrian and bicycle amenities, and public space improvements.
The Five Points station on the 16th Street Mall is the busiest station in the RTD system, with over 8,000 boardings daily. It has access to eight bus routes, and Downtown is on the other side of the station. This makes transit and car-free living extremely convenient and provides access to major employment, shopping and entertainment centers throughout Denver.
The Five Points neighborhood is a community with a rich past and a promising future. It has seen several major changes over the years, including the effects of gentrification brought on by new condominium projects and renovations in the area, but the neighborhood remains diverse and continues to be one of Denver’s most walkable neighborhoods. The completion of the Five Points Multimodal Station in 1999 laid the foundation for future plans to implement TOD, pedestrian and bicycle amenities, and public space improvements in this historic community.