Colorado suburb officially changes name of ‘Swastika Acres’ subdivision

A Denver suburb has officially changed the name of a subdivision known as “Swastika Acres,” The Denver Post reported.

Cherry Hills Village leaders unanimously voted Tuesday to name the 56-lot subdivision “Old Cherry Hills.”

“I think it’s important for our community to bring some closure to this issue,” said Councilman Dan Sheldon, who spearheaded the renaming effort, according to the Post. “The community has cried out for this to be changed.”

{mosads}Mayor Russell Stewart said the change is expected to be adopted with little opposition, adding: “It’s the right thing to do.”

The subdivision was named Swastika Acres decades before the symbol was co-opted by Nazis, according to reports.

Denver Swastika Land Co. gave the area its name in 1908, when the symbol as used by Native American tribes was common across the Southwest.

“There was nothing wrong with [the name] at that time,” Sheldon said.

One woman voiced her opposition to the name change, according to the Post.

“I don’t think you should erase history,” said Susan Cooper, who comes from a family of Holocaust survivors. “What would it be like if people denied the Holocaust? You have to get the facts of history.”


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