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Old 12-06-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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I on the other hand, and many people I know, reside in and love Colorado Springs DESPITE the dominant politics, not because of it. I think that says alot about a place, if it can have a grossly lopsided political slant (not unlike a Boulder or a Berkeley in that sense) but STILL engender tremendous loyalty and affection from the folks in a political minority. It may be there are some "staunch conservatives" who live in Boulder or Berkeley and yet love it there and would never want to leave, but somehow that's a difficult image to imagine in my mind. And yet we have thousands, tens of thousands, HUNDREDS of thousands of political moderate and even progressive types who just love living, working, and raising our families in Colorado Springs.

How the Springs compares to Albuquerque, I'm not sure. I get the sense that poverty, addictions, crime, and racial tensions are quite a bit more firmly entrenched in New Mexico than Colorado. New Mexico is no less visually and naturally impressive a state than Colorado, from what I've seen.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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Additionally...I don't know how pervasive it really is, but I've heard a number of stories lately about police in NM and specifically Albuquerque being outrageous in the way they treat people. I mean really, really bad, and often without justification.

The incidents I've read about...well, they are those viral articles you get on Facebook. I don't know that it would affect the life of a normal person, maybe they are exaggerated, untrue, or perhaps a handful of interactions amid hundreds. But they disturb me. And they did make me glad I don't live in NM.

I did go down there for a concert not long ago and stayed in one of the coolest hotels I've ever encountered, so if you wind up there on a visit perhaps look into the Hotel Parq Central (Parc? I can't recall exactly.) Anyhow, it's a historical building, used to be an asylum, and is now a beautiful, well priced place...free wifi, parking, breakfast, and the staff are fantastic. It's in maybe the top 3 hotels I've stayed in nationwide (and there have been a lot.) Supposedly haunted but I couldn't say, I didn't see/hear anything odd.

Anyhoo, any other questions feel free to ask us. That's one of the first things I discovered about CoS. There are some really nice and helpful folks here eager to help and advise those thinking of coming to the area.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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I on the other hand, and many people I know, reside in and love Colorado Springs DESPITE the dominant politics, not because of it. I think that says alot about a place, if it can have a grossly lopsided political slant (not unlike a Boulder or a Berkeley in that sense) but STILL engender tremendous loyalty and affection from the folks in a political minority. It may be there are some "staunch conservatives" who live in Boulder or Berkeley and yet love it there and would never want to leave, but somehow that's a difficult image to imagine in my mind. And yet we have thousands, tens of thousands, HUNDREDS of thousands of political moderate and even progressive types who just love living, working, and raising our families in Colorado Springs.
This is a live and let live state. As you can see, smdensbcs and I have different political views, but no animosity. S/he (gender unknown to me) makes intelligent posts and contributes to several discussions. While different political groups often get into arguments, there is more respect out here. My hats off to smdensbcs for the incredibly tactful wording of that response. I fear that without people like him/her out here, we would have no balance in government.

Note: I find being a libertarian to be politically moderate because of the mix of traditional republican and democratic values. However, it is often portrayed as being far off on the right side.
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