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What Does Gentrification Mean For Local Schools? Fewer Students

New apartment buildings, new breweries, expanding public transit: central Denver is booming.

Greenlee Elementary, a school just southwest of downtown in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, is not. Over the last few years, its enrollment has dropped precipitously, falling from nearly 400 students in 2014 to 278 students in 2018.

Principal Sheldon Reynolds is the first to acknowledge that the decline is the result of many factors, including the school’s academic struggles. But he also thinks one contributor is the area’s gentrification and the accompanying displacement of some residents, as older public housing units have been replaced with mixed-income residences and rents soar.

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