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'Ugly' modern homes disrupting Denver neighborhoods? Neighbors worry about changing aesthetics

Our Colorado: Balancing growth and preservation
Posted at 2:28 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 20:29:55-04

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DENVER — Denver is in the midst of a growth spurt. Yet the rapid growth is creating some angst. 

Newly-constructed, modern homes are being built on small lots between older bungalows and that has some residents concerned about preserving the character of their neighborhood.

These ever-changing designs are catching the attention of locals and city planners who are suggesting further design codes to keep up with the pace of the fast construction.

Brad Evans is in charge of a Facebook group called Denver FUGLY that highlights what he calls "stupid crap" that's being built around town.

"Right now we're seeing a lot of change that people are jarred by and depressed by," Evans said. "I think that everybody has seen that so much of this isn't well-thought out."

Already there are design review boards for some neighborhoods, including Cherry Creek and Downtown Denver. David Gaspers, lead planner for Blueprint Denver, says additional review zones could be established.

The city of Denver is currently working on a plan to create some uniformity and standards. A plan will be released shortly for public review.