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Old 02-27-2014, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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I got to explore a bit of the area north of downtown. Beautiful old houses. One thing I like about the aesthetics of Pueblo is the lack of suburban sprawl. I would rather live in one of the historic districts, which have character, than in a strip mall, cookie cutter mess like so much of the Springs has become. Finding a neighborhood I like in Colorado Springs offers pretty limited options. They're much more abundant in Pueblo. Pueblo is definitely growing on me.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I got to explore a bit of the area north of downtown. Beautiful old houses. One thing I like about the aesthetics of Pueblo is the lack of suburban sprawl. I would rather live in one of the historic districts, which have character, than in a strip mall, cookie cutter mess like so much of the Springs has become. Finding a neighborhood I like in Colorado Springs offers pretty limited options. They're much more abundant in Pueblo. Pueblo is definitely growing on me.
There will always be some sprawl I just think Colorado Springs has gone excessive with sprawl.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:58 PM
 
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Default Best and Worst of The Springs

I am also planning to move to Colorado Springs (CS), "The Springs", as it's known by some residents, and have lived there in the past. From my experience I can tell you something about the areas around the city. The exact middle of town is at the intersection of Cascade and Boulder, this separates north from south and east from west. There are statues everywhere downtown, but the biggest is of General Palmer, in the center of the intersection of Nevada and Platt (I think), who founded the town as a resort and a place to relieve the pains of tuberculosis, since the air is so dry. There are 3 main streets downtown, Nevada, Taejon, and Wasatch. This is the business and retail center of downtown. It also has the office of " Dog, the bounty hunter". This is called the Central district. About a mile or two east of there is Peterson AFB and the newer shopping strip on Powers Blvd, a mile south is Fort Carson and 5 miles north is the Air Force Academy. The Powers area houses all the big box stores and restaurants like Sears, Sam's Club, Bass Outlet, Marie Calendar's, Chevy's, etc. Toward the north about 5 miles is the Air Force Academy where there are a lot of upscale homes, restaurants, stores and hotels and a just east of there is the Black Forest. This is not really a black forest, but an area of small ranches. South West of Central is the Broadmoor Hotel, which is world famous and is in some rolling foothills , called the Broadmoor area, just under the Cheyanne Mountain with upscale homes, condos and gated golf course communities. Another few miles down I-25 and you're in Fountain. A small flat town housing a lot of military since it is close to Fort Carson. Then, at the base of Pikes Peak, towering 14,156 ft. above sea level and the birth of the national anthem, there is my favorite area, Old Colorado City, (OCC). Just 5 miles west of CS, it has an atmosphere of the past and how it was in a small town then, with a park in the middle of town that hosts holiday town parties and parades, lined with old time candy stores, restaurants, antique shops, lock smiths, bicycle shops and small Victorian homes from the 1800's that have been restored. West Colorado Blvd. is the main street through OCC and that is parallel to HWY-24 which, if continued upon for about 15 miles, will take you past Manitou Springs, Green Valley springs and then to Woodland Park at 8500 ft. elevation. This is also the road to start the climb to the top of Pikes Peak.

I hope this will give you a little incite into the area.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:24 PM
 
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While mostly tending towards accurate, 1) your distances are off in most of your examples, and 2) Boulder is an odd-choice for your east/west centering. Cascade, yes; but either Platte or Pikes Peak makes more sense as the east/west dividing line imo.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Correct. Pikes Peak & Cascade are effectively 00-00 or from a block perspective, the true center of town.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:45 AM
 
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While mostly tending towards accurate, 1) your distances are off in most of your examples, and 2) Boulder is an odd-choice for your east/west centering. Cascade, yes; but either Platte or Pikes Peak makes more sense as the east/west dividing line imo.
Where are you basing your information on? The Springs runs from Manitou Springs to Falcon/Peyton and from Security-Widefield to Monument. Some areas of Blackforest and Gleneagle still have a Springs mailing address. That being said, the geographic center would be approx at where Fillmore turns into Circle or slightly nearer Academy.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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There is an official center of the city/downtown, of course - as Kar54 stated.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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Correct. Pikes Peak & Cascade are effectively 00-00 or from a block perspective, the true center of town.
I work downtown and live in the SW part of town and rarely leave that area ... however I'd generally observe that the large majority of population growth in COS over the last several decades has occurred in to the north and east (Briargate, Powers, etc.), probably shifting the "center" of town to something like the intersection of Austin Bluffs and Union.

As for downtown COS, yes Pikes Peak & Cascade are the zero blocks for addresses, probably determined over 100 years ago. The fact that 80% (or whatever) of the population growth over the last few decades have gone far north and far east of downtown tilts the "center" of town up and out that direction a bit, at least according to my geographic sense. Its all semantics I guess.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:45 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Very true. Like most all cities, that location cannot be considered as the "population center" of the area. Just as Broadway and Ellsworth is considered 00-00 block or the "official" center of Metro Denver. I know of no city that has grown as a geometric ring outward from its original core.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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Very true. Like most all cities, that location cannot be considered as the "population center" of the area. Just as Broadway and Ellsworth is considered 00-00 block or the "official" center of Metro Denver. I know of no city that has grown as a geometric ring outward from its original core.
Especially a city like Colorado Springs with its original core situated so close to a geographic feature (like a mountain or an ocean), as the city grows from 50K to 500K over a period of decades it will obviously grow in the direction buildable space is available. In the case of COS, we've got a mountain to the west and a vast military base to the south. Hence, to the north and east they merrily build and the original downtown becomes less and less "central." As usual, I master the obvious.
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