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Old 07-26-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Springs doesn't have the money, no one wants to pay taxes, nice try.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:53 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Aside from the issue of water, you need jobs and a diversified economic base to sustain growth, and we don't have it.

Pretty mountains and nice weather are great, but people need income. We'll maintain steady growth due to the military-industrial complex (5 bases) and the retired personnel who come from them (whom I appreciate).

But we will never see a population explosion like Miami, Denver, or even Boise. Not necessarily a bad thing.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Very good points. Growth really is a double edged sword in that regard and COS has been able to remove itself from the military dependence in over half a century. I doubt it will change any in the near future.

Although, any one driving into COS at night on Highway 24 could tell you we probably already have plenty of people around here.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:25 PM
 
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... any one driving into COS at night on Highway 24 could tell you we probably already have plenty of people around here.
So true. 500K is really a nice balance between giant metroplex and small town. It's like the Goldilocks porridge that's "just right." Some people would prefer a 3m-20M city with all its benefits and others (like) me shudder at that and say "been there done that never again." As much as I covet the concept of living in a very small cool town like Salida, there's just no realistic way to make a decent living with so few people around. As my roofer friend says "... Colorado Springs has enough roofs to make a living but not so many it's unmanageable." Is it perfect here? Uh ... no quite ... but its the best balance between the two extremes for many of us.

Water will be relevant but given the sheer scale of water owned by COS in the Pueblo Resevoir, water's not going to be the primary limiting factor in COS growth. I could see moderate growth but I'd be surprised if its dramatic. Colorado Springs is what it is ... a great place to live but the lack of any homegrown large corporations make huge population growth unlikely. Most of us already here probably don't want to see huge population growth, just to find ways to make a good thing better.
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