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(from left) 11 year-old Kenny Harris (cq), and 3 year-old Alexia Youell (cq) chase a beach ball outside the California Park East Apartments on 28th street and Champa Street in Curtis Park, as 3 year-old Dawn Phillips (cq) is held by her grandmother, Gertha Evans (cq). Miss Evans says that the area is undergoing some enormous changes, some of which are the new apartment complexes springing up all over the place. "It's as if I can see the brass ring, but I still can't get it", when she refers to the upscale, high-class apartment complex being built on the opposite corner of where she lives. She complains about the constant noise coming from the "younger tenants" at the complex. "One year-ago, the body of a man was found behind my daughter's unit, at her back porch", stressing the fact that her grandchildren should not be exposed to that kind of violence. The Denver Housing Authority tore down many of the public housing around Curtis Park and partnered with a private developer to build a townhouse, a condo, and an apartment community that includes public housing and market rate homes. The idea was to inject economic and social diversity into public housing, and reduce the crime in the area by expelling the "rotten apples" of the area. The project has been a catalyst that accelerated the gentrification of the area and reduced crime. Stemming from this housing project, the Denver Housing Authority plans to tear down two of the biggest housing projects in Denver and replace them with mixed income projects where public housing residents live next to young professionals. The Denver Housing Authority already did this at Curtis Park and will possibly do this with the Sun Valley Projects in 10th and Federal in Denver. (JAVIER MANZANO/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) Dawn Phillips (cq) Kenny Harris (cq), Alexia Youell (cq), Gertha Evans (cq)

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