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Old 02-04-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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I was in Colorado Springs last July. Wanting to take a run and not knowing the area I decided to run near/around Amercia the Beautiful park. I started down the path one direction and ended up by a main highway. Turing around I went the other way (south I think). It was beautiful in the woods beside a creek, but I didn't see many other people (it was 2 in the afternoon on a Saturday). I started to feel uneasy. Being from Philadelphia desserted wood paths are never a good place for a female runner. Trying to talk myself out the feeling I went a bit further, that is when I noticed the tents and the people in the tents. I quickly turned back toward the park and finished my run on the city streets. Is it safe around that area? Just a curious.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Well, it used to be. I haven't heard of any crimes since the tents appeared, but personally, I would not run there alone.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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Yea, run the other way...north towards Colorado College with the other runners. They run along the creek and there are lots of runners. You just went the wrong direction.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:37 PM
 
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Just curious - how is the homeless situation in Colorado Springs? Are there a lot of people with signs on the streets asking for money?
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:08 PM
 
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No, not too much of that. Sometimes you'll see someone at a highway exit with a sign, but not sitting on streets downtown, etc. that I've seen. But, we do have Hoovervilles now that we didn't use to have. See this link for a map of them.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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Just curious - how is the homeless situation in Colorado Springs? Are there a lot of people with signs on the streets asking for money?
I see them all the time at the WalMart on Razorback. Oh, I forgot-we shouldn't mention THEM because it's on the north side of the city where Briargate is.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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I've never even heard of "Hoovervilles" before! How interesting...
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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It probably should've been part of your history courses in public school - I know it was in mine. Maybe just forgotten. But, in any case - Hooverville info here.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I see them all the time at the WalMart on Razorback. Oh, I forgot-we shouldn't mention THEM because it's on the north side of the city where Briargate is.
Yeah, some of the panhandlers come up here because they don't want to risk getting robbed down in the central/south parts of town.

It's a mixed bag, though, because we don't tend to just give our money away to riff-raff, a point that bothers some of the riff-raff doing the city budget very deeply.

And to the OP, I don't think a woman running alone and unarmed anywhere in this country is really safe. A little white plastic card with a red stripe that says "El Paso County Concealed Handgun Permit" and a .380 in a fanny pack can make it pretty safe, though.
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