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Old 03-24-2006, 06:48 PM
 
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Default Colorado Springs - News Items

Here are the opinions of other persons or trusted publications on why Colorado Springs is worthy of consideration as a place to live / work.

From the Colorado Springs Gazette Gazette.com: Home :

SPRINGS TOUTED IN 2 BOOKS: Colorado Springs was tapped as both a fabulous place to retire and a fabulous place to raise a family by 2 Career Press publications. “50 Fabulous Places to Retire in America” by Arthur and Mary Griffith cited the city’s “stunning scenery, excellent climate, proximity to the Rocky Mountains and a thriving arts community.” “50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family” by Kathleen Shaputis chose Colorado Springs because of “stunning scenery,” a low overall cost of living, thriving arts community and numerous colleges. (2/20)

REGION SHOWS STEADY GROWTH, GOOD OUTLOOK: A great place to live, pleasant climate, good government and strong educational levels are among the qualities that make Colorado Springs and the state places where businesses want to operate. Those are some of the reasons Colorado Springs and Colorado remain well-positioned for continued economic growth in 2006, according to Wells Fargo senior economist and vice president Michael Swanson, who assessed the local, state and national economies last week. (2/23)

RETAILERS FLOCK TO MONUMENT: Plans for the 350,000-square-foot Timbers at Monument shopping center, the second major shopping center near Baptist Road and Interstate 25, (exit 159) got an OK this week from the Monument Town Board. Combined with Monument Marketplace, the two centers will add more than 1 million square feet of shopping to the growing northern El Paso County town. (2/23)

FRONT RANGE CITIES MOVE UP IN JOB RANKINGS: Colorado Springs and almost every metro area along the Front Range rose in the 2005 Milken Institute rankings of top jobgenerating cities in America. Colorado Springs ranked 71, compared with last year’s ranking of 87. Although it’s an improvement, it’s not as good as 2003, when Colorado Springs ranked No. 36. (2/23)

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Update: The north end of the Springs that I gush about in my posting on "Why Choose Colorado Springs" didn't happen by accident. I recently learned that his whole area, known as "Briargate" is the work of La Plata Investments, LLC. Visit their website at: http://www.cordera.com/cordera/html/CorderaExperience.html (broken link) and see the site map. If you are in the area, they have a storefront location in the Shops at Briargate (I-25, Exit 151). This location has great eateries, our favorites being Ted's Montana Grill (bison burgers!!!!), P F Chiang's Chinese Bistro, Panera Bread and Starbucks. In the storefront location you can see all that's planned, including the good road system for the land yet to be developed, almost 10,000 acres. Try it!!

s/Mike

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Old 05-23-2006, 01:22 PM
 
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Thumbs up Walking in Colorado Springs

FWIW: The May/June 2006 issue of "Where to Retire" magazine lists Colorado Springs as one of the 8 best pedestrian-friendly cities in the USA. Not only is the entire downtown laid out in walkable fashion with wide sidewalks and many places to stop and eat or shop, so are many suburbs, plus a wealth of parklands and trails add to the opportunities to walkabout. There is a Volksmarch group here for organized walking events and the local paper often publishes a list of all the available trails.

Of course you don't have to be retired to enjoy this aspect of the city or to take full advantage of it.

s/Mike

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Old 07-18-2006, 02:16 PM
 
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Default "Springs" is best big city to live in....

The local paper has picked up the national story that came out yesterday: http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1319361 (broken link)

A few lines from the story: "....Money magazine’s 19th annual survey of the Best Places to Live in America ranks Colorado Springs No. 1 in the big city category, population of 300,000 or more. The Springs outperformed Austin, Texas, and Mesa, Ariz. — not to mention New York and San Diego — in a study released Monday that factored a range of financial, housing, educational, health, weather, leisure and quality-of-life issues in 59 big cities. Colorado Springs also did very well on education scores, said Money magazine executive editor Craig Matters, “and in ease of living,” which he said included “factors like commute times and health. One economic indicator that helped put the city over the top: a median home price of $192,250 that was well below the Best Places’ average of $256,659."

On top of all the good things here, it was the low housing prices here that got us out of grid-locked Northern Virginia (NOVA). The house we have here cost $550k - but it would've been over $1M back in Fairfax Country, VA. I wrote about our search for a retirement site in "why choose colorado springs" if you care to read it.

Thanks!

s/Mike
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:21 AM
 
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Default Fort Carson expansion.

The Army announced this week that it will base one of the newly formed combat brigades at Fort Carson, adding another 5,000 troops to the 15,000 already here as well as another 10,000 soldiers due in here from previously announced base re-alignment and closure (BRAC) decisions. Several new brigades were authorized as part of the war in Iraq and it was determined these need to be permanent, not temporary, thus Carson becomes home to one more brigade.

News reports said this may generate another half billion in construction at Carson. By 2013 they expect 30,000 active soldiers at Fort Carson. The rule of thumb averages two family members per soldier, meaning we should have 90,000 Army inhabitants in the area by 2013. A spokesperson said this makes Carson the 13th largest city and largest employer in the state.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:49 AM
 
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The Army announced this week that it will base one of the newly formed combat brigades at Fort Carson, adding another 5,000 troops to the 15,000 already here as well as another 10,000 soldiers due in here from previously announced base re-alignment and closure (BRAC) decisions. Several new brigades were authorized as part of the war in Iraq and it was determined these need to be permanent, not temporary, thus Carson becomes home to one more brigade.

News reports said this may generate another half billion in construction at Carson. By 2013 they expect 30,000 active soldiers at Fort Carson. The rule of thumb averages two family members per soldier, meaning we should have 90,000 Army inhabitants in the area by 2013. A spokesperson said this makes Carson the 13th largest city and largest employer in the state.
With all of this "good news," Mike, Colorado Springs should--within a very few years--have all of the "wonderful" qualities of the place you left: high home prices, hopeless traffic gridlock, growing crime, uncontrolled sprawl. And, of course, several hundred thousand more acres of productive Colorado ag land will be dried up to supply water to the metropolitan monster. Sorry, I disagree, I don't consider explosive growth good news at all--it's like a benign little growth that metastasizes into a malignant cancer--it eventually kills its host, but not before inflicting a lot of pain and suffering along the way.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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It's true that many things are a mixed blessing. I'd rather have to deal with this growth than deal with what Seattle went through in the 1970's when the aerospace industry collapsed in that town and someone put up a billboard to say "last person out please turn off the lights." That sort of deflationary bust may be as awful as the growth. It's a crap shoot to see if state and local leaders deal with this growth with brilliance or with folly.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:27 AM
 
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It's true that many things are a mixed blessing. I'd rather have to deal with this growth than deal with what Seattle went through in the 1970's when the aerospace industry collapsed in that town and someone put up a billboard to say "last person out please turn off the lights." That sort of deflationary bust may be as awful as the growth. It's a crap shoot to see if state and local leaders deal with this growth with brilliance or with folly.
I agree that a full-fledged bust is no fun, either, having lived through one of those. Unfortunately, when it comes to explosive growth and a vicious bust, one latter usually follows the former. The bigger the boom, the bigger the bust.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:00 AM
 
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FWIW The Denver Post recently said a couple of good things about Colorado's economy.

Whiel our unemployment rate jumped up a bit (construction - no surprise given the time of year and housing nationwide has slumped) but overall medium income growth tops US average:

Colo. Income Growth tops U.S. Average

Personal incomes in Colorado rose at a 1.5 percent pace in the third quarter, ahead of the national average growth of 1.4 percent according to a report Wednesday from the U.S. Bureau of Economics Analysis.

Colorado Ranked 17th among states for income growth, lagging its neighbors in the oil patch.


Not excellent, excellent news but decent enough given the economic downturn that all have been in.
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