just a few comments.
1. the redevelopment of the east downtown corridor was the city's idea. the developer just won the rfp. maybe that was when you were out of town. around 97-98.
2. "yuppies," those terrible people that have jobs that god forbid earn them a respectable living, have been buying and fixing up homes in huning highlands long before "eDo" was ever coined. Huning Highlands hasn't been cheap in a long time.
3. what's happening isn't just based on LoDo, every major city in the country has experimented to some degree with taking old historic neighborboods and polishing them up for new use. Soho, Oak Cliff in Dallas, downtown Austin, Montrose in Houston, Baltimore, the examples are endless.
the name is goofy, i agree. but don't go damning people for wanting to live in an area where they can walk to resturaunts, bars, retail, hair cuts, libraries and yes even yoga. you're right it is unfortunate that the owners of the locally owned business have to make money, but i assume they have mortgages and mouths to feed as well. as for your gross generalization of the people that have moved here?its not just evil yuppies; its students, artists, non-profit professionals, local small business owners, vets, web designers, social workers, retirees, and numerous other things. very few of them "rich," none of them pretending to live anywhere but a funky part of town where the hookers and dealers are just as common as they ever where.