Swastika Acres neighborhood near Denver to get new name

The Cherry Hills Village City Council voted unanimously last week to change the neighborhood’s controversial name.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
April 22, 2019 03:13
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A neighborhood in a Denver suburb will change its name from Swastika Acres.

The Cherry Hills Village City Council voted unanimously last week to change the neighborhood’s controversial name.



The subdivision was named Swastika Acres decades before the Nazis rise to power and adoption of the symbol, KDVR Fox Denver reported.



The name comes from the old Denver Land Swastika Company, Cherry Hills Village councilman Dan Sheldon told the news station. The company divided the land into plots near the turn of the 20th century.



The city had been unable to change the name in past years because the city ordinances required 100 percent of property owners to sign off on the change. A new recently adopted ordinance requires a 51 percent owner approval.



At least one homeowner, who lost family members in the Holocaust, opposed the change because she thought it was important to preserve the historical value of the swastika symbol.



The neighborhood’s new name is Old Cherry Hills.

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