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At least 200 people came out to ink! Coffee on Larimer Street in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood last Saturday to protest after the company displayed a sign that celebrated gentrification.
Patrick Traylor, The Denver Post
At least 200 people came out to ink! Coffee on Larimer Street in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood last Saturday to protest after the company displayed a sign that celebrated gentrification.

Re: “Demonstrators protest ink! Coffee sign celebrating gentrification,” Nov. 25 news story.

I do not agree that ink! CEO Keith Herbert deserves the beating he is taking for the sign “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014” in front of his coffee shop. Is it his responsibility as a businessman to make sure that everyone in the neighborhood in which he starts a business has to agree with his business and its advertising? He made a decision to start a business in what he thought was an up-and-coming neighborhood and opened a shop. Many marijuana shops have cropped up without input from all of the neighbors, and it can be argued how beneficial they are to the neighborhood.

If the argument is that the people in this area have been displaced by the “gentrification,” it can also be argued that Michael Hancock has been one of the most aggressive mayors in Denver in working toward affordable housing for lower-income people. If I were Herbert, I would close the shop down and move to a part of town that welcomes a new business.

Joan L. Jones, Denver 


“Gentrification” is the awkward word used to describe improving economic times for a neighborhood, not a development to be regretted and fought against. Denver is experiencing what has happened in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and other significant cities across our land: the historic nature of an important neighborhood giving way to new development and the influx of young people without ties to the old. It’s called progress, folks, and while changing the character can be painful, it is generally a good thing.

Things don’t stand still. Gentrification should be preferred to the opposite, a gradual decline into disrepair and lethargy.

Harry Puncec, Lakewood

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