Art & Design
Drive along Quincy Avenue west of I-25, or on University between Hampden and Belleview Avenues and you know you’ve left “the city” and entered a place recognized for its open space and upscale settings. There are areas of Cherry Hills Village that look more like a suburb with houses lining city streets, but much of the city is another world filled with rolling fields, 100-year-old cottonwoods, and serpentine horse and bike trails.
Keeping that ambiance hasn’t always been easy. Cherry Hills Village and its residents have long defended the city from people and governments seeking to change its particular charms. The battles date back to the 1930s and 1940s as Denver pushed ever closer, leading to Cherry Hills’ incorporation in 1945, initially to prevent Denver from building an airport nearby and to promote minimum lot sizes.
Sure, the population of Cherry Hills has grown a lot since then—from 750 people in 1950 to the current 6,200—but it has managed to retain its semi-rural character. One of the efforts to maintain the city’s semi-rural feel is led by the Cherry Hills Land Preserve, a nonprofit created in 2004 to foster support for open space. One of the preserve’s biggest accomplishments so far has been a conservation easement by long-time villager Catherine “Cat” Anderson on her entire 17.5-acre property along Quincy.
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