On South Pearl, neighbors worry apartments will kill commercial charm

It checks every box in the “hot neighborhood” checklist. Now it faces a wave of new development.

South Pearl Street, Platt Park. Jan. 30, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; platt park; residential real estate; construction; development;
Construction on South Pearl Street, Platt Park. Jan. 30, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On a sunny patio, two dudes’ golden beers catch the Wednesday afternoon light.

A fluffy little dog waits outside a boutique just down the block. “Wine is my valentine,” declares a mannequin’s T-shirt. There are yoga pants and strollers, a tree wearing a sweater and an acting studio called Namastage Theatre.  A Lycra-clad man on rollerblades sails past a vintage Peugeot with houndstooth seats.

This is South Pearl Street in 2018 — a snow globe filled with real-estate broker’s dreams, an absurdly successful commercial district in a once-sleepy residential neighborhood.