It's been called the Skid Row of Denver, a place where people pass out on sidewalks, drug dealers target the homeless and shelters open their doors.
But it's also a place where high-end apartments and trendy office buildings are springing up and professionals are looking down on urban blight.
Eddie Maestas Park, better known as Triangle Park, is just a quarter acre triangle of concrete between Broadway and Park Avenue West, but during certain times of day, it is packed with people, some waiting for services from the Denver Rescue Mission, Samaritan House or St. Francis Center.
"It's a crime issue. It's a homeless issue. It's a social issue. It's an economic issue. You name it, across the board," said Bennie Milliner, director of Denver's Road Home.
It's bad enough that the family of Eddie Maestas recently asked for his name to be removed from the park placards.
With the help of two neighborhood grants, though, the city plans to close down Triangle Park and turn it into a fenced community garden, with controlled access.
Nearby Sonny Lawson Park will get a fenced playground where only adults with children are allowed.
Milliner admits the changes will simply push the problems elsewhere, but said DHS workers will be coordinating with service providers to make sure people have a place to go who need help.
"Addressing homelessness has been a continuing process. We see this piece as one piece in it. Another piece is a possible enclosed courtyard and a day center," said Milliner. "We have many pieces to this puzzle."
But William Cokely, a homeless man who says he spends his days at Triangle Park, said it's just another attempt by city officials to push the problem out of sight.
"It might look funny to you, but there are human beings here that don't really have no place to go," said Cokely.
The city will begin construction in a couple of months, said Milliner.
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