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Old 03-08-2007, 03:21 PM
 
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My husband and I are very interested in moving to Colorado! I want to come there today and figure it all out, I can' t tell you how excited we are. I want to get much accomplished in our trip there in April! We are a young married couple. I have read so many posts on here about Colorado. But have some questions still! ("why choose colorado springs" awesome information!) We are just starting out and want to meet young couples, and friends, possibly other transplants, and have lots of great times especially before we have children. Since we are moving from Minnesota, we are going to be leaving a lot and don't want our impressions of colorado to be negative based on not being able to connect with others around our age! We have heard wonderful things about Colorado Springs and think in the future we might want to settle there. Is it a good suggestion for young-ins like us to live in at this stage in life too?

Also, I come from a military family and have nothing but respect, but I've heard that in Colorado Springs, there is a very heavy Air Force influence over the area. Is this negatively affecting anybody? Positively? Is it great enough to influence a decision to choose another city?

We'd love to be somewhere around or between Denver, and Colorado Springs. We want to be close to the mountains. We will be visiting: Woodland Park, Castel Rock, Cripple Creek, Black Forest, Canon City, and areas around them. Anybody have suggestions on MUST-SEEs while there?

What city/town has the best views? (if you had to pick!) We'd love any help!
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:21 PM
 
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Default Woodland Park Info

Hello. I have lots of posts on details of Woodland Park, Colorado. Take a look. If you have any questions, just ask.
Chris
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:51 PM
 
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Default Still have questions - things to see

I moved from VA little over two years ago and love CO Springs. If your looking to connect with other young married couples this is a great place for that.

While your out here I would ride the cog railway in colorado springs up to the top of pikes peak, royal gorge in canyon city, and if time permits maybe drive out to Buena Vista (2 hrs from springs) and see the collegiate peaks.

One last thing...I found that the Air Force presense is nothing but positive.
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:24 PM
 
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I moved from VA little over two years ago and love CO Springs. .... One last thing...I found that the Air Force presense is nothing but positive.
Hello, we moved here from NoVA about 20 months ago.....from Chantilly, VA in gridlocked Fairfax County.

The USAF presence here is credited with helping make D20 schools so good, especially in Briargate, Pine Creek, Glen Eagles, Monument and nearby areas. The thinking is that these folks KNOW what a good education is all about and will not accept less for their kids. I'm told that schools in D20 have plenty of science and aeronautics, as well as advance placement and IB programs.
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I really can't think of a reason why a heavy Air Force presence would be negative, unless you just can't stand Air Force people in general. I'm a bit biased, but most military families are "stand-up" kinda' folks with solid work ethics, and a sense of personal and community responsibility.

There are a lot of military people or military affiliated people throughout the area, (retired, and AF and Army civillian employees, DoD contractors). Because of the Air Force and the space/satellite focused mission here in Colorado, that also brings in a heavy science and technology industry. Northrop, Lockheed, L3, Raytheon, all have multiple offices here.

The military presence also probably has something to do with the more politically conservative tone to the town.

It's not just AF though, Ft. Carson is home to an Army Infantry Division and it's not small. But still, not everyone in town has a shaved head.

I recently moved here from the DC area, like Mike from Back East, and I've loved it. The only downsides that I've noticed is the roads can be a bit torn up....heavy snow and freezing weather and then warm days immediately after causes pot-holes and it leaves some of the main roads in bad condition.

And there are parts of town that are a little run down....folks don't take care of the outside of their homes, which makes neighborhoods look slopply, but I suppose you'll find those things everywhere.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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Well, baileybabe...if you want to meet transplants, come to Colorado Springs! haha I'm a native of this city, and I am a rarity...I expect to be asked to go on display very soon.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hey, I am native too!! Where did you go to school? bashep
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