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Old 01-30-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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We are looking into moving to CO Springs from Seattle b/c my husband received a job offer in COS. We are a liberal, non-religious (I'm Unitarian, my husband is agnostic) family with two small kids (1-yr-old and 3-yr-old). We're looking for a family-friendly community with good schools. I know CO Springs is known for being highly religious and conservative... are there any good places where we should look to live that are more liberal (or at least middle-of-the-road) and are family friendly (good schools/activities/etc.)? We're open to Colorado Springs or within about a half hour of Colorado Springs. Oh, and we would love to find a place with a downtown area we could easily walk to (restaurants, shops, etc.) if there's such a place!


Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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Colorado Springs is truthfully not particularly religious in spite of it having a few noteworthy religious organizations based here - you should be fine anywhere in town. Colorado in general, our city being no exception, is very much live and let live and not in your face about religion or politics most of the time.There are some good Unitarian churches. Generally speaking the West side of town is more liberal (like Old Colorado City or even Manitou Springs). But, to give you an idea, in the last election, the counties votes came out roughly 60% Republican and 40% Democrat for President. Republican pretty much always wins here, and the particular brand of Republican has a Libertarian leaning, but there is a substantial base of other views around.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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What is your price range?

COS has a nice and active little downtown. the neighborhoods to the east (Shooks Run), the north (Old North End), and the northeast (Patty Jewett) all tend to lean liberal. Shooks is the least expensive, Patty Jewett mid range I suppose, and Old North End is fairly pricey to downright pricey. All are walkable neighborhoods, but areas north of downtown are more walkable. There's a beautiful Unitarian church downtown as well.

You sound like my wife and I on your views and we completely love it here. So don't let reputation of the city discourage you. It's a great place to live.

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Old 01-30-2014, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Ditto on all the above...all those areas...very liberal in those areas...Briargate, no...
Rockrimmon, no,too far away from downtown, besides....Never Southeast...look at police reports on that area...nothing east , period.
Oh, the Canyon...meaning off Cheyenne Rd and Cheyenne Blvd, Ivywild....oh, maybe Skyway.
Oh, I did have something new to offer.
You will like it here.

Xxoo
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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I also second Old Colorado City and Manitou areas. The former is close enough to Downtown for your convenience, and Manitou has its own set of activities in the area. On top of that, Manitou has a renowned school system which is perfect for you. However, if you move to Manitou, you may have some problems getting over the hill in the morning as there will probably be some traffic, but it's probably nothing compared to Seattle. If you love older homes, then either of those places should be perfect, though if you want a newer home you'll probably put yourself into conservative territory.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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Thank you, all, for your ideas and encouragement. We are visiting in a couple weeks, and we will check all of those areas out!
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Also very liberal. It is the company you keep moreso than the neighbourhood in which you live that will matter. I have run into some ideologies that I consider questionable...but it is very easy to simply move on, and consort with others.
I live very far east. I would not recommend it as far as location (we were tied down due to job location) but it is safe. I consider the outer edges of the city best, personally. I would go Northwest if teleportation to work were an option.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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I was looking in the Northwest, say, north of Woodman...not quite the
Black Forest...and the WIND was just too intense there.
I would also like to mention....don't buy next to a creek like I almost did, too, in
Ivywild...more the southwest area...oh, the flooding from Cheyenne Creek!!!!
Creeks are all over...buy on higher ground...
I'm in the Old North End....that is a bike ride to downtown...lots of bike paths, right
down to the Pikes Peak Ctr, where I ride to the annual Art Fair or Blues Under the Bridge
and Farmer's Market in America the Beautiful Park.
I'm too lazy to bike to Bancroft Park on the Saturdays for the Farmer's Market in
Old Col City...but I should.
See all the fun stuff here?


Has anyone noticed that the only 2 states with recreational pot are going to the Superbowl?
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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Colorado Springs is truthfully not particularly religious in spite of it having a few noteworthy religious organizations based here - you should be fine anywhere in town. Colorado in general, our city being no exception, is very much live and let live and not in your face about religion or politics most of the time.There are some good Unitarian churches. Generally speaking the West side of town is more liberal (like Old Colorado City or even Manitou Springs). But, to give you an idea, in the last election, the counties votes came out roughly 60% Republican and 40% Democrat for President. Republican pretty much always wins here, and the particular brand of Republican has a Libertarian leaning, but there is a substantial base of other views around.
This whole post is entirely factual and precisely accurate.

You will like it here. The reputation for religious attitudes is completely overblown compared to the reality.

If you were able to afford a house in Seattle, you should be able to afford one in Manitou, which is more liberal and has a nice walkable area.

BTW. I'm one of the libertarians. I'm more likely to lean democrat than republican, as voting strictly libertarian generally isn't an option. I feel completely at home here, so clearly the presence of the religious right is not as pressing here. I did not feel "at home" in the midwest.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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I also second Old Colorado City and Manitou areas. The former is close enough to Downtown for your convenience, and Manitou has its own set of activities in the area. On top of that, Manitou has a renowned school system which is perfect for you. However, if you move to Manitou, you may have some problems getting over the hill in the morning as there will probably be some traffic, but it's probably nothing compared to Seattle. If you love older homes, then either of those places should be perfect, though if you want a newer home you'll probably put yourself into conservative territory.
Absolutely nothing compared to Seattle. Seattle traffic is a nightmare
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