Denver’s family neighborhoods are increasingly to the east

“They’re leaving because of the character, they’re leaving because of the rent, they’re leaving because they’re getting a sweet deal on their property because someone is overpaying.”

Kids from Westerly Creek Elementary play in Stapleton's Central Park at an end-of-the-year picnic. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) stapleton; central park; kids; water; play; summer; denverite; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Kids from Westerly Creek Elementary play in Stapleton’s Central Park at an end-of-the-year picnic, June 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When it comes to Denver’s family neighborhoods, we know two things for sure: where families live now and where they lived before. Easy.

What’s difficult is predicting where they’ll be even five years from now.

You can take a look at what’s being built for clues — those cranes looming over the skyline aren’t building a whole lot of family housing in north and central Denver. On a smaller scale, slot homes and other construction are changing the character of neighborhoods that have long been family-oriented. And the best data-driven guesses back that up, saying that families will continue to follow new, more family-friendly development to the east while numbers in central and west Denver drop.


Inside Kazan Ramen Bistro, the new Tennyson Street restaurant with its own ramen style

The nearly ready ramen comes out of the kitchen in a 300 degree Celsius (572 Fahrenheit) stone bowl, which they cover with a volcano cover — kazan is Japanese for volcano.

A ramen volcano at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; restaurant; tennyson; berkeley; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
A ramen volcano at Kazan Ramen on Tennyson Street, Feb. 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The ever-growing and changing Tennyson Street got itself a ramen option, imported from Osaka, just in time for the cold weather.

The funky, glass-fronted space that for six years housed Axios Estiatorio has a sleek new look and steam in the air as Kazan Ramen Bistro.