Sunny on This Side, Sunnyside
Taking an urban hike through Sunnyside provides an interesting and engaging opportunity to see how diversity and variety can cohabitat. I loved Sunnyside.
Sunnyside, with boundaries of the Union Pacific Railroad lines on the east, Interstate 70 on the north, Federal Boulevard on the West and 38th Avenue on the south, has a mix of housing, with everything from income-qualified blocks of homes to restored large turn-of-the century homes and WWII cottages intermingled within.
A good community has good neighbors. In Sunnyside, the neighbors have created the Sunnyside Music Fest, held in Chaffee Park in September. They also formed the Troy Chavez Memorial Peace Garden, in response to gang violence, to provide local kids with health after-school activities. In addition, Sunnyside’s downtown area thrives with the excellent Sunny’s Cafe (get the Hipster!) and rumors of a new brewery coming to Zuni.
From income-qualified homes to old treasures, Sunnyside’s growth has waxed and waned. But it remembers its past, embraces its present, and thinks about its future. The artwork in alleys honors Sunnsyide’s Native American street-naming conventions. So, while walking in Sunnyside, be sure to see the entire neighborhood, not just some of its more popular areas.