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Old 08-06-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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In the thread COS-the negatives, proudmommy went on about how depressing Academy Blvd was for her to drive along....what is the deal with this comment?

Can someone elaborate on this and tell if they also feel the same way and why?

Just trying to learn, learn, learn as moments present themselves here....thanks.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Academy Blvd. has long been a "joke" around the C Springs community. At one point there were bumper stickers that said "I survived the drive on Academy" or something to that nature.

From where Academy Blvd. starts at the Air Force Academy down through very far south, it is filled with shopping centers, chain and non-chain restaurants, car dealerships, and a few other commercial (light commercial) businesses in between. There are some apartment complexes as well.

Around the holidays it's a major drag (haha no pun intended) to drive because of the amount of traffic. It's a drag to drive on a regular day as it is. People don't pay much attention to the speed limits and late nights on the weekends, it can become a drag strip (although that has shifted more over to Powers Blvd. a bit) with young men and their riceinated cars - think four-bangers with spoilers, spinning rims, tinted windows and "tricked out" exhaust systems.

Traffic during rush hour is a madhouse, especially north of Woodmen and they are working to fix that but it's a highly congested area.

It a strip that doesn't have much personality in part because the architecture really started in the early 70s when it became a major through-fare (correct word?) so it's pretty generic especially south of where it meets Union Blvd.

That's possibly what is the thought process. I remember (sort of as I was very young) when Academy was a dirt road. I lived on a bluff just west of it and my mom had to drive four miles to get the mail...
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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In the thread COS-the negatives, proudmommy went on about how depressing Academy Blvd was for her to drive along....what is the deal with this comment?

Can someone elaborate on this and tell if they also feel the same way and why?

Just trying to learn, learn, learn as moments present themselves here....thanks.
My guess is it was in contrast to newly put together Powers. There was just an article on this in the gazette:

Metro: Academy stretch part of revitalization plans | city, academy, area - Gazette.com

I think there are similiar plans to improve Nevada Street too.
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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There use to be a song on Magic FM that went:

Prey for me, prey for me, prey for me I drive Academy!
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hehe CoolColoradoDayz - wouldn't that be pray?

I don't think many packs of mountain lions cruise Academy Blvd.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Reviving this thread from the dead is an article and interactive in today's Gazette:

http://www.gazette.com/articles/acad...ity_south.html


http://www2.gazette.com/interactives/southacademy/ (broken link)
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