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Old 08-11-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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Sorry, no opera that I know of, but that's what Denver's for.
Actually, that's what Santa Fe is for. There happens to be a local opera company that puts on a full-scale production each year at the Pikes Peak Center - it's overseen by world class soprano Martille Rowland. Opera Theatre of the Rockies

To the OP, generally speaking, you'll want to focus your search for a neighborhood west of Union Blvd. and south of Garden of the Gods road and there's a very good chance you'll feel right at home. That's about a third or a fourth of the city almost custom-made for you!
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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I always get a chuckle when people talk about how "conservative" and "Christian" the Springs is. I grew up in the heart of the Bible Belt and the Springs is far from that.
100% agreed! I moved here a year ago from Alabama, and the Christians here are exponentially more liberal than the ones I lived with for the last 10 years. Sure there are the extreme conservatives (Focus on the Family headquarters and all), but those people are the exception to the rule.

At my church in Alabama, drinking was frowned upon, 4-letter-words were completely taboo, and don't even talk about gay people. Most of the Christians I've met here are just concerned about loving God and living your life however you see fit to live it, without judgement for each other. So refreshing and freeing!
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! That's so encouraging.

Our church here is great (Georgia) but many around us are not. And most of them are far more conservative politically than any I would choose.

But this sounds nice, that's the kind of environment I like. The South is nice, but I am looking forward to being out of such a WASP environment. It bothers me a lot at times.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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You'll be just fine. I spent 20 yrs in the service and also came here from DC. I never even considered the political/religious climate of a location when I was assigned to a new place, especially stateside.

There are literally thousands of military folks in town, from every service, from every walk of life, and they do just fine too.

There's always so much concern about the religious/political vibe of this place, but it's seems to be very blown out of proportion here.

There aren't roving mobs with pitch forks and torches, tromping through the town....persecuting liberal minded folk.

Everyone just lives there own lives......just like everywhere else. No worries and good luck!
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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you will find a lot of outdoors and vegeterian food. as for the rest of your list cos is not the place. It IS very conservative and religious.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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my best friend for the last 65 years is a liberal, democrat, atheist and he's been happt in Colorado Springs for the last 45 years you'll do fine there
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hi Kit,

I am what many would consider a liberal Christian as well. I would consider myself a Christian Socialist. I have very conservative biblical views, I just don't feel the need to have the government further them like many political Christians. My Buddhist wife and I are both vegetarians and have lived in the Springs for about 3 years. I have a love hate relationship with this city. I love having a good paying job because I am former military but get very frustrated with our city. My wife and I stay mostly on the West side of town as that is where you will find most of the granola types. We find a nice trip to Manitou Springs feels like a breath of fresh air (figuratively of course, you know hippies

I find that my biggest frustration is in local politics. This is the birthplace of libertarianism and it shows. People here don't want to pay taxes and by God if they have to let services die to keep their extra $100 a year they will. The schools are suffering from budget woes as are many of the city services us tax and spend liberals come to expect.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the insightful answer. I would also consider myself in that vein; I don't feel the need for the government to legislate morality.

A few questions for you:

Are there any good vegetarian restaurants there? Do you have a hard time finding local produce and eggs (I do eat eggs; I buy local only though)? Farmers markets all through the year to buy produce? We live down south now but have a really long growing season. Can I still get produce there in winter?

What are some of the more "granola type" zip codes? I would like to stay around $750 a month for a house (smallish is okay, it's just 2 of us, but we'd like a house, not an apt, to rent not buy. DH would like a garage if possible).

Also, what are the average utility bills? Our average here is about $300 at the highest summer peak (for air), and that also includes internet and water/trash/sewer. We do not get TV and aren't planning on getting it there. What's been a general bill for utilities at the highest time of usage, if you don't mind me asking? Trying to see if we should live on post or off (though we would definitely prefer off--but the cost of living here seems quite a bit higher than where we are now, so I want to see if it is going to be feasible).

I found those on AHRN (for military). Are there any other sites or realtors that would have housing rentals on them that are for renting not buying? Thanks!

And one more question: how is the public transportation? I hate to drive if I can walk or take a bus/train. Is it decent?
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the insightful answer. I would also consider myself in that vein; I don't feel the need for the government to legislate morality.

A few questions for you:

Are there any good vegetarian restaurants there? Do you have a hard time finding local produce and eggs (I do eat eggs; I buy local only though)? Farmers markets all through the year to buy produce? We live down south now but have a really long growing season. Can I still get produce there in winter?

What are some of the more "granola type" zip codes? I would like to stay around $750 a month for a house (smallish is okay, it's just 2 of us, but we'd like a house, not an apt, to rent not buy. DH would like a garage if possible).

And one more question: how is the public transportation? I hate to drive if I can walk or take a bus/train. Is it decent?

I am a vegetarian, liberal, non religious "hippie" living in Colorado Springs for the last 4 years. You will be able to find a lot of vegetarian options but there are not really any strictly vegetarian restaurants. Adam's Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs is all slow food and they use local when possible. They have a lot of great veg options. My husband and I also really enjoy Vietnamese Garden in Old Colorado City and Poor Richard's downtown. You will have a harder time eating locally year round. We get out dairy products from Royal Crest Dairy (a delivery service) that has local milk but the eggs are not I believe. There are several farmer's markets throughout the city during summer.

I do not live in a "granola" neighborhood but you will probably find what you are looking for in the neighborhood previously mentioned. Manitou Springs and the Old Colorado City area.

The bus system is the only public transportation to get you around Colorado Springs, but to be quite honest I have never used it. To get to Denver there is the Front Range Express (FREX) but I have also never used it. The public transportation here is nothing like compared to Boston, Chicago, New York, etc...
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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As far as getting local produce and eggs, you can try a CSA like Grant Farms. I have a veggie share with them (3rd year now) and I really enjoy it. They also have an egg share (free range hens), bread, mushrooms, flower and fruit shares. Its a lot of fun, figuring out what to do with the things you get each week. The veggie season runs from I think June-October. Here is their website:
Grant Family Farms:

I think there are other CSA's here in town too, but I only have experience with Grant Farms.

Also, you can probably find people who sell local eggs too, maybe check craiglist for that.

Now the winter is another story. I think all the farmer's markets are gone, and you are pretty much at the mercy of whatever the grocery stores have.
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