Stapleton name change in motion after anti-racism demonstrations in Denver

The neighborhood’s community delegates will begin the process this week, but it requires cooperation from the city and developer Brookfield.

Stapleton, Aug. 29, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Stapleton, Aug. 29, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stapleton may drop its neighborhood name after ongoing anti-racism demonstrations — and a day after school board member Tay Anderson vowed to protest in the northeast neighborhood if the community didn’t make a change.

The Master Community Association, which oversees the maintenance and operation of the neighborhood’s public spaces, said in a Facebook statement on Sunday they would begin the process to remove the Stapleton name. Discussions about changing the northeast Denver neighborhood’s name have been ongoing for years. The neighborhood shares its name with former Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Read previous Indy coverage here, and a Guest Post calling for the name change here

Esteban L. Hernandez is covering politics and other general assignment topics for Denverite. A native of Aurora, he previously worked at the New Haven Register and Register Citizen in Connecticut. He's a graduate of Hinkley High School in Aurora and the University of Colorado. He can be reached at 303-502-2805, or @EstebanHRZ on Twitter.