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The Five Points Neighborhood of Denver is known as the “Harlem of the West”. Named in 1881 after the five-way intersection of Welton Street, 27th Avenue, Washington Street and 26th Street, Five Points was one of Denver’s first divided subdivided parcels. Following the pattern of predecessor neighborhoods, Five Points was initially white with a predominantly German, Irish and Jewish. However, as more neighborhoods and suburbs emerged, the wealthy moved onto the prominent Capitol Hill and the Curtis Park District. Five Points came to become a predominantly African-American community. The African-Americans preferred Five Points mostly due to their proximity to their work, which was usually located at the industrial plants and rail yards near the Platte River. However, by the early 1900s, Five Points became a representation of the segregation that existed in Denver. People of the community were forced to stay within Five Points due to restrictive housing covenants. Five Points became a city within a city.

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