Denverite Street Week: Bruce Randolph Avenue

Every day this week, Monday through Friday, we’re rolling out stories about the people, places and inspiration behind the street. Find them all here.
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Bruce Randolph Avenue. Sept. 11, 2020.
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Denverite Street Week has become something of a tradition for us. Every year, we pick a street and for a week take you on a tour, introducing you to business owners and neighbors who call the area home, solving mysteries, and hopefully teaching you something you may not have known.

This year, from Monday, December 14, through Friday, December 18, we're spotlighting Bruce Randolph Avenue, a relatively short stretch of road that connects Dahlia Street to the Curtis Park area in northeast Denver. The street's unique because it's named after a contemporary historical figure -- lots of people today can say they personally knew "Daddy" Bruce Randolph -- and it's fairly residential.

Masked Denverite reporters spent weeks getting to know the people and places that make Bruce Randolph what it is today. We'll publish a few of their stories a day on, and to make things easy for you, we'll put those stories here.

Meet the man behind the avenue, "Daddy" Bruce Randolph, and issues that the area faces:

?Donna spoke with people who knew and who are inspired by the late restaurateur and philanthropist, whose famed generosity is still felt in the area today.

?Hunger continues to haunt the neighborhoods through which Bruce Randolph Avenue runs.

Meet the people we met when we roamed Bruce Randolph Avenue:

The quarantine hole of Nick Moses

Squeaky has long been settled after a gangster's life on and around Bruce Randolph

Daniel Bodison is retired, single and looking to stay put

Tila Lozoya moves on from Denver after 22 years

Drive-by praying with strangers who aren't really strangers

The metal monster maker of Bruce Randolph Avenue

Outside this barbershop on Bruce Randolph are racist slights and movements toward justice for Black people. Inside, a warm place for people to talk.

Haile Degena found Denver and made his fortune


On one end of Bruce Randolph, skateboarding ballers and organic veggies

That part of Bruce where a 2,000-degree fire has burned for two years

Where to eat:

Denverite's guide to everywhere to eat on Bruce Randolph Avenue

Past stories on the street:

? An old Carnegie library sits at Bruce and High Street. It's now the site of some very unique living spaces. Donna took us inside.

? A 58-year-old paletero begins his treks across town at Palateria Chihuahua, on Bruce's western end. Esteban and photographer Eli Imadali followed him over the summer.

? Each year, the Epworth Foundation gives thousands of complete Thanksgiving baskets to hungry families. They handed out 10,000 meals in 2020, the most ever, during a year of hungry bellies and souls. Kevin met the volunteers who made it happen.

? The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, at Bruce's eastern end, also feeds the city. Donna and Kevin covered their annual fish fry.

⛺️ In her attempt to address homelessness with her constituents, Councilmember Candi CdeBaca held a forum last year at Jack Rabbit Slim's by the corner of Bruce and York Street. Donna and Kevin were there.

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