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Benedict Park Place, formerly known as the East Village projects, was torn down to become a new series of apartment complexes, housing mixed income tenants ranging from public housing to market rate apartments. 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)

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