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Old 12-10-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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You feel better now?
Why would I feel any different?
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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To the OP, sorry for the off topic Crap. I was just trying to make this thread a little more positive for your benefit, this apparently pissed off overly negative people for no reason and I apologize for that. You really need to come see Colorado for yourself to decide if it's the place for you. Hopefully there's enough comments so far to help you decide if a visit is necessary. Good luck to you!
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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There are four things that made Colorado a great state historically:

1. Colorado's unique geography.

2. Colorado's unique and varied weather and climate.

3. Colorado's open spaces.

4. Colorado's unique natural and historical heritage.

All of which modern day population growth, financial speculation and greed, and stupid public policy are doing their best to destroy as quickly and completely as possible.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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JMM64...the off topic crap, as you call it, is often more interesting to read than the topic itself!

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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I only lived in CO for 3 years, and ultimately, it was not the place for me [the WIND, dryness and browness being the main reasons], but there are SO many positives, that I often wished it 'could have worked' for my family....
It's a reasonable place [increasingly rare in the world]; small population relative to size helps. Midwestern sensibility with a western independent/live and let live/progressive spirit. Educated populace, whether liberal or conservative politically! [again, common sense-and healthy dose of libertarianism]. Respect for environment, b/c 'duh'. No really, relative to many other places, Coloradans enjoy their natural world and appreciate it. Nice people. [I did not live in fort collins, so I cannot comment on that. Although, I had several friends who lived there or eventually moved to there, and they struck me as down to earth people, so??? I think anytime a town ends up on those 'best place' lists-retirement, outdoors, economy, etc, they are ultimately doomed, and this may be the issue for FC at this point in time. Watch Louisville down the road-it may be at it's peak/prime right now, but I'll bet it suffers that same type of fate, in the near future.]

Lifestyle is not a program to purchase. Colorado's lifestyle/quality of life was created by its residents. I'm guessing that may have changed a bit-now that so many are moving in based on a 'program' concept, from articles they've read.

Colorado still has quirky, interesting, independent folks en masse, in my experience. Good quality of life. IF you can handle the wind, browness and dryness(:
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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1. Colorado's unique geography.

2. Colorado's unique and varied weather and climate.

3. Colorado's open spaces.

4. Colorado's unique natural and historical heritage.

All of which modern day population growth, financial speculation and greed, and stupid public policy are doing their best to destroy as quickly and completely as possible.
Exactly the same, of course, holds true for perhaps 45 of the 49 other US states. Of the 5 or so where the above does NOT hold true, its not for a lack of trying, so far as I can tell. That's not to say you shouldn't mourn what has been lost of the Colorado of AD 1000, 1500, 1800, 1880, 1950 (or whatever your own "ideal" period happens to be) but Colorado is only unique if one ignores what has happened in the rest of the West and everywhere else really. Are there not old-time Floridians who lament what their state has become, who also ignore how they and their folks changed it from what it had been before they showed up?

I personally think Colorado remains great because a young person without family connections STILL has a fighting chance to carve out a life for themselves here. It will not be easy, but it can be done. That "opportunity of place" no longer realistically exists in many, many other places. And there are still wild places here if one is willing to make the hard effort to get to them.

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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Someone said earlier that the Colo landscape seems like one big white bread, mayo sandwich to them?????Wow. That's weird. I can't imagine how anyone would get that idea unless they had never left the plains.
I guess this deserves explanation. Of course I am comparing to where I came from, New England. I lived one hour to the ocean, one hour to the mountains, one hour to the city, one hour to 5 different states, mill towns, farm towns, fishing communities, etc etc.. To drive for three hours and only see sagebrush and mountains (and not be in another state or country entirely) is a bit strange to me.
And yes New England is still largely white, but the immigrant population is broken up into many more groups than in Colorado. My last job when living there had an Argentinian boss alongside coworkers from Iran, Dominican Republic, and Macedonia.
just observations, your experience may vary
Still love Colorado
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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^^^^^Yeah, it all depends on what/where we are using as a point of reference in our comparisons.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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What makes Colorado a great state?

The willingness of our predecessors to accept diversity and to care for each other.

Something that is now woefully lost post 'diversity training / social engineering' of the 1980's and current.

Colorado + most of America ( & humanity) lost the formula once the 'entitlement' attitude prevailed.

What is left is divisiveness and territorial possessiveness, that will only fly for so long.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Plus I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD! We have the best of it here! And the people are generally very laid back and friendly!
I must take issue with that statement. Phoenix has the best mexican food, both in the 'sit down and eat restaurant' category and the fast mexican food category.

Colorado definitely has the edge over many places I've been in the 'laid back environment and friendly people' category though. I found it easy to make friends, despite the fact that I'm more or less an introvert.
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