For eight years we lived in a house in a neighborhood all but forgotten by the rest of Denver. A grid of streets lined with old, yet modest, Victorian houses with yards largely kept in my rotting chain link fences.
It was the kind of place we liked to invite people over to, only to have them say “I didn’t know Lafayette went up that high.”
Within the grid, people. The grid stayed the same, the people changed, and by the time we left it was as though we were living in a totally different hood.
Bad Neighbor is a collection of stories about watching a neighborhood change through the forces of a city desperate to write over its past. Set in the years of Denver’s economic and population surge, Bad Neighbor covers aims to serve as the slight reminder that there was someone here before us even if we are only concerned about those who might profit next.