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Old 08-15-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Hi BrandyW,

I think both areas you are considering have many of the things for which you are looking, except maybe for the cultural diversity. Colorado State University in Fort Collins brings a little diversity, but when you start to get away from the campus you don't experience it as much. The military presence in Colorado Springs seems to contribute better to a cultural diversity than does the University in Fort Collins.

Good luck in your search!
Mike Weber
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:35 AM
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On Fri. and Sat. nites you take your respectability in your own hands; we've seen girls and guys peeing and defecating in plain sight in front of the stores and cafe's.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: PNW - Greater Seattle Area
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Default Fort Collins area vs. Colorado Springs area.

If these were your two choices for a future move from out of State (Seattle area, in my case), which would you choose and why?

My wish list: mountain views, lakes/rivers, parks, hiking, small(ish) town feel, small communities surrounding you. With the exception of the small(ish) feel, I would think the two are fairly equal. Am I right?

Colorado Springs seems to have a lot of appeal to me simply because of the mountain views. The "big city" feel might be a bit unwelcome for me, but perhaps a practical feel of the city is different than a simple look at the population?

Fort Collins seems also to have a lot of appeal (perhaps even more) because of the smaller population, abundance of parks, seemingly higher number of lakes/rivers/ponds/etc from what I can see on Google Maps, and the Horsetooth Reservoir's outdoor recreation possibilities.

Can you help me find some differences to help a possible decision for a future move?
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: PNW - Greater Seattle Area
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Default Which is windier: COS or FoCo?

Pretty self-explanatory question. I'm guessing FoCo is windier? If so, by how much?
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: PNW - Greater Seattle Area
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Default The Front Range brown color...

Does CS or Fort Collins ever get green? I've spent a considerable amount of time looking at recent real estate listings and see basically everyone has a brown yard. Does the foliage/grass ever get green (spring or fall?), or does the arid climate and/or watering restrictions make even that difficult?
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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We can be green in summer, but brown most of the rest of the year, relatively speaking. Things start to green in later March or April and things start to brown again mainly in October, but give it a margin of error. We sometimes have water restrictions which may prevent people from watering their lawns a lot which means lawns can be dead in summer, too, unless you plant according to our climate here, which most people don't. That has lead some people to give up on the idea of a lawn altogether moreso than what I remember when I was a kid.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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Not much as it's the high desert. There is some green around the Poudre in FoCo. Your grass will many stay green if you water it A LOT!
Spring is the only time it will be naturally green. Xeriscaping is quite popular though.

The Front Range is a world away from the PNW.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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SirLancelot, having lived in both Ft Collins & Manitou, a small village on the outskirts of ColoSpgs, both have a lot to offer. I loved FtCo for its hardwood tree-lined streets & access to cache la poudre area hiking. I loved Manitou for its great hill walks & access to garden of the gods,pike's peak climbs, & Poor Richards for books/coffee.

My recommendation is to visit both areas in summer & in winter to get a good feel. Now is a good time to chart wind speeds of both areas via weatherunderground or your favorite weather site. Spring winds are upon us in the rockies!
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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As for wind speed -- both are fairly windy. From my subjective experience I'd say Fort Collins is slightly windier in town than the main part of Colorado Springs. That said, much of westside CS is pushed right up into the foothills which ordinarily is very windy, anywhere on the front range.

The whole front range is brown much of the year. From about October - April you have winter dormancy, and then from July - October you usually have brown due to aridity. Only in Spring is it consistently green. However, sometimes in especially wet years you will see it remain green into fall. In town, of course, persistent water and fertilizer can keep things green up to the first hard freeze.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Loveland, CO
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Beaches to snow,
Wondering if we are neighbors!

I have to say...

The one thing I did notice about Colorado that caused pause was that it is a bit "California-ish" which is probably why some hate to see more of us flock there!

Still, the state will likely have to tolerate at least one more Ca family relocating there!

Should have followed through with the relocation to Loveland in 95!
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