Back in the late 1800s, this neighborhood was originally an upper- and middle-class area with a rich diversity of ethnic groups. Later, it started to develop into a thriving commercial and retail neighborhood. Families looking for a quieter life eventually moved out to the suburbs, but Five Points continued to flourish with businesses. This neighborhood took a hit from the late 1950s to the 1990s because of drugs and crime.
When the Five Points Business District was formed in 2009, the neighborhood took a turn for the better.
Five Points has a deep jazz history. Some of the greatest jazz musicians performed in this neighborhood, such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. This neighborhood was the first predominantly African-American neighborhood in Denver and had some of the most prominent jazz bars and clubs in the Metro area. Some people have given this neighborhood the nickname, "Harlem of the West".
Located right in the heart Five Point is the Black American West Museum, showcasing Denver's rich African-American heritage. Founded in 1971 by Paul Stewart, the goal of the museum is to illustrate the contribution of the African-American community to the Old West.
A few blocks to the east is City Park,
which has the Denver Zoo and also the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Every year, there is a celebration called Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This event hosts live music, a Miss Juneteenth pageant and a parade during the celebration.
The RiNo district is one part of the Five Points neighborhood that is taking off in popularity with its retail growth, art galleries, coffee shops, high-end restaurants, breweries and bars.