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(from left) 7 year-old Jamal Nibbs (cq), 4 year-old Jiana Smith (cq) and 7 year-old Tayah Proctor (cq) play cards at their grandmother's home, 58 year-old Loradale Smith (cq) at the Curtis Park Villages. Loradale is a retired widow who suffers from diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. A ground-floor townhouse at the Villages has been a godsend, after her husband James, died suddenly ten years ago. She had to move to the old Platte Valley Projects, where she found herself wedged between a crack house and an emergency shelter, before finding a safe haven at the new Curtis Park Villages. The Denver Housing Authority tore down the public housing on this site 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. 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) Jamal Nibbs (cq), Jiana Smith (cq), Tayah Proctor (cq), Loradale Smith (cq)

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