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Old 04-11-2007, 10:20 AM
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Sustainability is a joke in Colorado--it doesn't exist. The "feel-good" rich folks put a solar collector on their house 30 miles from town, drive their 12 mpg SUV 150 miles a day back and forth, talk about how the miners and loggers are ruining the state (when most of them were put out of business long ago in favor of "recreational" development), lobby for all kinds of "planning" (so long as the "plan" lets them build and subdivide wherever they want), and make their living (if they have to work) either selling or developing real estate. But, hey, that solar collector (or Sierra club membership, or whatever) means they "care" about the environment! I would submit that most of those folks use way more resources for their "mountain rural lifestyle" than most any other Americans do.

You can talk about just about any area from the Front Range west to the Utah border, and that's what you're going to find. I suspect that will continue right up to the point that fuel costs become astronomical and the economy seriously falters from it. Then we'll find out just how "sustainable" a whole lot of stuff is . . .
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Old 04-13-2007, 06:18 PM
Location: Virginia
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Fountain's City govt has managed to plan ahead well and are looking into alternative forms of energy. Very progressive I would say. As far as bringing your animals, that opportunity is here too. We are on the southern end of Colorado Springs, so the airport is close. In fact, my gf who used to live off of Old Pueblo Rd had 5 acres, butted up to a creek (yucky creek if you ask me, but still...) and had chickens, horses, and others that I don't remember. I do know the chickens because I used to buy eggs from her. However, the farther south you go on Old Pueblo Rd you go, the more rural you get. Hanover, which is more like ranch land than anything else, is southeast of Fountain. The land is cheaper out there, but there isn't much to it but land and mountain views. Falcon has homes with land and many have animals. The further east and south you go from Denver, the cheaper the land/homes. When I first moved to Colorado, I lived in Saguache, CO. (HATED IT!!!) Anyhow, the San Luis Valley has beautiful views of the Sangre DeCristos Mts. However, again, the land can be very barren depending on where you go. The nearest airport is too far for you though. Umm...well, that is an opinion from a southern Springs resident. I think you need to ask yourself if you want city life, how much of it, how much land you want, and what your priorities are? Mountain views, green, pine trees, small town/city life? Etc.
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