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Denver historian Phil Goodstein found the perfect subtitle — “The Quest for an Idyllic Denver Neighborhood” — for this, the latest installment in his methodical and exhaustive piece-by-piece history of the Mile High City.
Park Hill, probably more than any neighborhood in Denver’s history, was conceived as, and in many ways still considers itself to be, the best-planned, most aesthetically pleasing, best organized and most livable of Denver districts.
Those who have delved into Goodstein’s earlier work, however —whether it focuses on Capitol Hill, South Denver, North Denver or other areas — know that the historian never lets such boastful claims or long-cherished stereotypes go unchallenged.
Although Goodstein himself grew up in Park Hill, and although his fondness and admiration for it is undisguised, he does indeed challenge many of its historical claims to superiority.