Growing Pains: What residents think of Denver development


Ginny Passoth

Washington Park resident

“I wonder if we’re getting to the saturation point with all the apartments going up."

Passoth said she has been frustrated by all the luxury developments happening in the city, adding that many people have had to move to cheaper neighborhoods because of them. “I guess there’s just no incentives for developers to provide affordable housing.”

Bryan Wilson

Virginia Village resident

“It’s pretty rapid and it's happened over the course of the last decade a lot faster than most cities. I support progress, and I support growth. But I can understand some folks that have been here much longer than I have where they have some hesitation about it.”

Wilson recently moved to Denver and works remotely. He picked the southeastern area of Denver because he wanted to find a place that had a garage. He has noticed a higher cost of living than in his former home in the Midwest.

Helene Orr

Overland resident

Often, Orr said, no recourse exists for neighborhoods trying to fight development projects. Parking and traffic have also been an issue. Although the city keeps pushing for less parking to promote mass transit, Orr said people will likely still own cars.

One of her biggest concerns with development is the loss of trees. Trees help to improve air quality and lower the heat quotient, she said. Development in the Overland area has meant a loss of about 10 trees in her neighborhood.

Development has "been unchecked. It’s been reckless ... We’re not going to see as many birds. Really, it’s significant.”


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