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Published on March 02, 2024
Denver Heights Residents Embrace Cultural Renaissance Amid San Antonio's Downtown GrowthSource: Google Street View

Neighbors in Denver Heights, San Antonio are speaking out about what it's like to live in this historic, yet often overlooked neighborhood. As downtown San Antonio continues to grow, Denver Heights residents are experiencing a renaissance of culture, community, and challenges.

In a recent article published by San Antonio Report, a native New Yorker and executive director of Contemporary Art Month couldn't hide her excitement about her new East Side casita. "Art that I normally kept together shifted to walls with new and old art,” she said, describing the joy of rearranging her art collection against the fresh backdrop of her 1925 remodeled home. Meanwhile, her green thumb is thriving with the area's garden centers nurturing her sansevieria trifasciata and pothos plants. New discoveries on the East Side abound, from the Dakota East Side's family-friendly atmosphere to the joy of the local coffee and pizza spots. Despite the work involved in relocating, she's all in, "enjoying all that is new and all that is familiar while looking forward to all that is to come," she told San Antonio Report.

Another Denver Heights resident, a military officer stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, chose the neighborhood for its walkability and local charm over the recommended far Westside. He found his perfect match in a 1930s Craftsman fixer-upper. "Denver Heights is home to the one of the largest MLK Day celebrations in the United States," he remarked with pride. However, the officer also pointed out infrastructure shortcomings. "The City's Transportation and Capital Improvements Department rates streets on a scale from 1-100, and parts of my street received a 7," he lamented, pointing to the urgent need for street repairs and better amenities in the area. As he told San Antonio Report, he has never felt unsafe in the neighborhood, despite previous experiences with property crime.

The community's longstanding residents and newcomers alike are calling for improved infrastructure, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, and bus stops, which would make access to neighboring amenities much safer and convenient. These calls haven’t fallen entirely on deaf ears, as the newly elected councilman, Cruz Shaw, has been described as "engaged and responsive." However, as change trickles in, concerns about the increasing prevalence of home flipping and short-term rentals loom, which could affect the neighborhood’s character and community ties.

Living in Denver Heights is a badge of pride for its residents who appreciate the area's deep roots and potential. While they may be stationed there for different reasons, the sense of belonging and determination to improve the community bond these neighbors. Both the art enthusiast and the military officer are committed to contributing to Denver Heights’ future vitality, carving out a home in this vibrant but traditionally underserved part of San Antonio.