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Old 04-24-2007, 12:34 AM
 
Location: South of Denver
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I have several friends who moved from Denver to Pueblo and love it. Affordability was at the top of their list, but they are hispanic and really felt comfortable with the cultural feel of Pueblo. Many of Pueblo's problems have been addressed, but it will take some years before it catches on. In the meantime, the surrounding areas are very nice.

Someone has discovered the Arkansas River and it's potential, but that is years off. We've gone to the riverwalk area and were sadly disappointed. Their past is a bit of a burden, but the future is quite bright. The mill is back open and the town is quite clean. When I visit, I do feel the hispanic/white isolation, but certainly not during the Mexican festivals! The north side is now a retail stronghold and we now stop there more often than in years past.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Pueblo Colorado
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I live a few miles east of Pueblo, referred to locally as the county. We have school district 70 out here as opposed to district 60 in the city. I have 2 sons one a freshman in college and the other in pre school. The county is a great area and for the most part the entire city is cool.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:07 AM
 
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Default preparing for exile?

I am not so sure why would you want to move to Pueblo, no offense to the people there but compared to California, is like being in the deserts of middle east!
If you have 200-300 k price range for a home you could potentially move to Denver directly, or at least move to Colorado Springs, that has some what a little bit more life than Pueblo and might offer more for your poor kids.

I am not so sure if it a good thing for us parents to sometimes make this wild changes in life that can effect the growth and interaction of kids with others, and not to mention that sometimes in the little towns where there is nothing to do people become strange as you have seen in Utah with Warren Jeff, what looked like a nice neighborhood was a sex heaven for horny men on Viagra.
Or the little villages were there is nothing to do but just kick back smoke some pot and drink beer might be the alternative recreational activity available.

So be careful when choosing the small town verses the bigger one that can offer far better education for your kids with more extra curriculum activities that are very important for the development of your child in this very aggressive, selfish,self centered and fast moving world
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:55 AM
 
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So be careful when choosing the small town verses the bigger one that can offer far better education for your kids with more extra curriculum activities that are very important for the development of your child in this very aggressive, selfish,self centered and fast moving world
Let's not forget that it was one of those middle-class suburban schools in Colorado that "can offer far better education for your kids with more extra curriculum activities" where a couple of students loaded up with explosives and automatic weapons and went on a murderous rampage.

I attended a big suburban high school way back when. I much prefer small towns and smaller schools.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Denver,Co
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I am not so sure why would you want to move to Pueblo, no offense to the people there but compared to California, is like being in the deserts of middle east!
If you have 200-300 k price range for a home you could potentially move to Denver directly, or at least move to Colorado Springs, that has some what a little bit more life than Pueblo and might offer more for your poor kids.

I am not so sure if it a good thing for us parents to sometimes make this wild changes in life that can effect the growth and interaction of kids with others, and not to mention that sometimes in the little towns where there is nothing to do people become strange as you have seen in Utah with Warren Jeff, what looked like a nice neighborhood was a sex heaven for horny men on Viagra.
Or the little villages were there is nothing to do but just kick back smoke some pot and drink beer might be the alternative recreational activity available.

So be careful when choosing the small town verses the bigger one that can offer far better education for your kids with more extra curriculum activities that are very important for the development of your child in this very aggressive, selfish,self centered and fast moving world
What in the world are you talking about? Pueblo is a fairly good sized town. Eventhough it is located in a semi rural area and there are not many large towns around it still has many things that you could find at any of the larger cities suburban areas. Pueblo is to Colorado as Fresno is to California both are not as fancy as their larger counterparts in the state but has its pros and cons. It is mainly a blue color type of town that is in the process of getting a more diverse economy. It is starting to invest in its image and its paying off already, the riverwalk still needs some work but its already a fairly cool area to check out. And many people prefer small town schools due to the fact that larger schools face budget cuts, classroom overcrowding etc.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Pueblo Colorado
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What in the world are you talking about? Pueblo is a fairly good sized town. Even though it is located in a semi rural area and there are not many large towns around it still has many things that you could find at any of the larger cities suburban areas. Pueblo is to Colorado as Fresno is to California both are not as fancy as their larger counterparts in the state but has its pros and cons. It is mainly a blue color type of town that is in the process of getting a more diverse economy. It is starting to invest in its image and its paying off already, the riverwalk still needs some work but its already a fairly cool area to check out. And many people prefer small town schools due to the fact that larger schools face budget cuts, classroom overcrowding etc.

Nice post. We have about anything you would need in Pueblo and can get about anything rare shipped in quick. Who in their right mind wants to deal with the traffic in Denver? Let's not forget the crime rate in Denver and the increased cost of living as opposed to Pueblo. The food is way better in Pueblo as well. (my opinion any way)
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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As a Pueblo native I feel inclined to offer my input.

First of all, Pueblo does not feel segregated. There are of course prejudice people, as there are in any other part of the country, but they are few and far between.

You will find that Pueblo is about 50 percent Caucasion and 50 percent Hispanic. There is not a great percentage of other cultures.

As others have stated the food here is spectacular. If you enjoy eating out there's plenty to do. Don't expect too many four, or five star restaurants though, we are a modest community.

Pueblo is very much a middle class city and has little to offer for those seeking a high society type of life style.

Pueblo West is a bit more snobby than Pueblo itself, but still no high class feel.

There is gang activity as mentioned, but the good news is that it is pretty much just that. Gangsters vs gangsters; not a lot of crossfire, or civilian victims. The gang activity is pretty much isolated to the far east side, very small sections of the far west side and a part of town called Bessemer.

Having lived here for the better part of 24 years, I have yet to fall victim to any crime, gang related or otherwise.

As far as schooling is concerned, I've attended both district 60 & 70. District 70 schools seem to have better funding & more security. I feel that if your children are easily influenced, then District 70 is a better choice than 60. Also, Pueblo West High School (which I attended during it's 1st year in existence) just took the state championship in football after being founded only 10 years ago!

There is always the question of drugs... Pueblo is not a big drug town. I've lived in small towns in Northern California with a much much bigger drug problem than Pueblo has. In high school I was never exposed to any drugs other than marijuana and alcohol.

Overall Pueblo is a nice place to live and an OK place to raise a family. It is not the dirty, smelly, rotten place people often accuse it of being. It is an older city, which has experienced major flooding, giving it a bit of a "rustic" look.

Pueblo West is one of the ugliest places on the planet in my opinion, but others think the exact opposite. It is literally the fastest expanding community in Southern Colorado as you can see here:
http://www.villageprofile.com/colorado/pueblowest/09homes/main.htm

If you would like to get a better feel for what Pueblo looks like you can search flickr.com for "Pueblo, CO" or visit this link:
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pueblo%2C+co

Lastly I would like to mention that Pueblo is home to the State Fair Grounds and the Colorado State Fair is hosted here annually. This makes for some interesting entertainment and slightly congested traffic situations (nothing compared to Colorado Springs, or Denver). It also provides an opportunity for many events throughout the year to be hosted. A 30 minute drive to Colorado Springs can also yield plenty of entertainment via concerts, etc.

In your price range you can buy a nice new home in Pueblo West and have $100,000 to put in the bank. 10 Years from now your home will probably be worth another $50,000... You will probably be best suited in Pueblo West, which is only a 5 - 25 minute drive (depending on where you're at in Pueblo West) to the bustling North Side of Pueblo. If you do end up moving to Pueblo, try to find something in either El Camino, Regency, or on the North side. Stay away from the East side, West side, Bessemer and even Belmont.

Good Luck & Regards,
Joe

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Old 12-12-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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I think I submitted my previous post without finishing it!

The public schools are fine as long as you put in the effort a parent should in ANY situation. My family elects the private education route which has served us well and we are extremely satisfied. Pueblo does offer a number of private school options that are all affordable.

Based on my experience, most people in Pueblo are pretty friendly to newcomers as long as you don't have the "I'm from a bigger better town" attitude. While it's true that we might not have a hoppin' night life all the time, it is my belief that if you want to have fun and get a good experience here, you will.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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Default Recently moved to Pueblo

I moved to Pueblo from TN in August for school, and so far its been alright. I have to say that of all the towns I've been to in CO so far, Pueblo is the ugliest. Definitely not what I had pictured CO to look like. Alot of the buildings are old, and not "nice" old either, although there some that are. The culture is different here, people seem to know when you're not from there, they're polite, but reserved. I've found that once you meet a few people, it becomes alot more hospitable. Not a big night life, but there are plenty of small bars and clubs to go to. If you want bigger city, Colorado Springs is 45 min up the road. All in all, not a bad small town. Its a conservative place by CO standards, and very working class. If you have a good job making decent money(easier said than done here), I would recommend living here. It seems like a good place to raise a family, although I will definitely try and send my kids somewhere else for college to broaden their horizons.
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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Driving my RV trailer through pueblo this summer on I-25 was an adventure. The road is narrow and winds back and forth. Made worse by current construction projects, of course.

If your South of Pueblo, the roads go to heck real quick. Even the interstate seemed poorly maintained. Allthough there were some areas S. of Pueblo which are extremely pretty. Its different from the rest of the front range in terms of the trees that grow there. You can enter a beautiful tree filled valley and then at the top of the next hill, your back in prairie for another 10 miles.

Personally, I wouldn't pick Pueblo to live, but I'd put it in the same bag as places like Greeley .... but with more economic base than Greeley. There are some massive industrial buildings or steel mills in town ... I'm not sure what they are today. There is also a huge power plant on the S. side of town. Pueblo does have some very nice reservoirs for boating and fishing. I think access to some wild places is very good. I'm not sure how far the nearest ski areas are, but they would probably be way less crowded because the Denver crowd doesn't go to them much.
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