North Side Story: Denvers Most Intriguing Neighborhood | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/north-side-story-denvers-most-intriguing-neighborhood[12/8/2015 9:44:01 AM] Home North Side Story: Denvers Most Intriguing NeighborhoodNorth Side Story: Denvers Most Intriguing NeighborhoodSubmitted by nwharton on 8-5-2012 09:25 AMAuthor: Phil Goodstein Publishing: Denver, CO: New Social Publications, 2011. vi + 570 pages. Black-and-white photographs, bibliography, index, maps, notes. 6 x 9. Reviewer: Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D. Reviewer Affiliation: University of Colorado Denver Dr. Phil Goodstein is well known for his many quirky Denver history volumes in which he meticulously documents street names, ghostly visitations, and unusual characters. In his newest book, North Side Story: Denvers Most Intriguing Neighborhood, Goodstein has stepped outside his usual approach to history, presenting an intensely detailed and even loving portrait of Denvers north side. The northwest area of Denver is a complex neighborhood. It encompasses the modern divisions of Highland, West Highland, Berkeley/Regis, Sunnyside, Sloans Lake, and Jefferson Park. Its boundaries run from Interstate 25 to Sheridan Boulevard and from Fifty-second Avenue to Colfax. In its youth it was the North Denver neighborhood, the Town of Highland, and various development schemes such as John Brisbane Walkers Berkeley. Included in its boundaries were Elitch Gardens, Lakeside, and Manhattan Beach amusement venues. The neighborhoods population included generations of Anglo-Americans, German-Americans, IrishAmericans, Italian-Americans, and Latinos. Its residents were pious do-gooder women and angry Klansmen. Its fortunes began bright, then dimmed in the mid-twentieth century and have again risen in the twenty-first century. All of this shines through in the street-by-street, house-by-house detailing of the residents and businesses of the area. As is his custom, Goodstein searched newspapers, city directories, and other traditional sources for his stories. In this case he spent considerable time mining the old-timers who gathered at Common Grounds Coffeehouse and in other community centers. He also took time to have neighborhood historians read and critique sections of this work. Carefully selected photographs supplement the text. Because this is a self-published work, Goodstein does not have to limit himself to the paltry twenty or so photos usually allowed by more conventional presses. I do have a few small complaints about this work. It is a big book, which might deter those who usually shy away from history books. It also occasionally has factual problems, but the author will surely fix those in the next edition. Those two matters aside, this book is a badly needed addition to the growing set of EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanKatherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.
North Side Story: Denvers Most Intriguing Neighborhood | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/north-side-story-denvers-most-intriguing-neighborhood[12/8/2015 9:44:01 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us works on Denver by this and other authors. As more historians write about Denver, the more interesting and complex the citys story becomes. The personal and business details make this not only a resource for residents but a treasure for those who are trying to make sense of their place in Denvers history. Reviewer Info: Dr. Rebecca Hunt specializes in the history of the American West and of Denver. She teaches in the history department at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also president of Highland United Neighbors, Inc.