Effort to change Stapleton neighborhood group’s name fails
Author: Adam McCoy - May 22, 2018 - Updated: May 22, 2018
A Stapleton neighborhood group is keeping its name, despite the Klan ties of its early-20th-century namesake.
Last week, in a vote viewed as a litmus test of sorts for advocates of changing the entire neighborhood’s name, the community’s neighborhood group, the Stapleton United Neighbors (SUN), voted on whether to change the organization’s name to Central Park United Neighbors, Denverite reports.
Though the majority of voters supported a name change, the group’s bylaws require at least 66 percent of the vote to affect a name change, according to Denverite. About 58 percent, or 261 votes, voted to change the name, while 42 percent, 189 votes, voted no.
Denverite quoted the group as saying this in an email blast:
SUN remains dedicated to its purpose of providing a working forum for the residents of the Stapleton neighborhood to participate in pursuing the vision of this community by creating, developing, and fostering a vibrant urban community dedicated to social equity, environmental responsibility, and economic opportunity.
The neighborhood is named for Benjamin F. Stapleton, a former mayor of Denver in the early 20th century. He served as Denver’s mayor for five discontinuous terms (1923-31, 1935-47) and was known as “Ben the Builder” for the civic improvements he fostered.
He also was a member of the Ku Klux Klan early in his tenure as mayor before breaking with the Klan in 1925. (Read more about his background here from Front Porch.)
Some Denverites have in the past unsuccessfully tried to spur a name change for the neighborhood.