The Navajo Arts district is dying a slow death. Next and Edge have vacated their spaces. The galleries will be on hiatus until their new spaces are finished. Pirate will move in May to a space in Lakewood. Denver’s loss is Lakewood’s gain. Zip37 will be the only gallery left on Navajo. The Bug Theater remains in place but one gallery and a performance venue don’t make a vibrant art scene. The good news is the galleries will reopen some day in their new locations. It’s the end of an era but also the start of a new adventure.
I flew solo last night. Navajo was eerily quiet. The dark empty gallery spaces added a feeling of abandonment to the evening. Zip37 had an opening but it didn’t draw a crowd. The area is turning into a mini ghost town just a short distance away from shiny new townhouses and condos, which caused property taxes to increase, which in turn led to rising rents and the galleries exodus. But the developers are getting richer.