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Old 08-03-2006, 11:05 PM
 
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Ncbjab, my brother lives in Durango, CO and has three dogs and one cat, never has he seen any fleas or ticks on them or anywhere. A big plus!
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:53 PM
 
Location: East Texas
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To live, I would stick with Colorado Springs or even Castle Rock or Highlands Ranch, it's cheaper to get a house there than in Denver. The overall cost of living in Colorado is outrageous anyway, so unless you have a great job, expect to get an average house in an average area.
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Old 08-07-2006, 04:05 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Hey Zen why do you live in Texas if your heart is in Highlands Ranch?
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:36 PM
 
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Default Hope your trip is a good one.

When my wife and I came to Denver 3 years ago, we stayed in LoDo, the Lower Downtown area, in an historic old hotel on Wazee St btw 16th & 17th. It was an ideal location, only minutes off I-25 & I-70, allowing us easy access to get to the entire region.

From this location you can walk to Coors Field for sports, to Pepsi Center for shows, to endless places to eat/drink/shop, brewpubs, nightlife, etc. You can walk to Denver Union Station for Amtrak, the Ski Train and the Light Rail System.

Others referred to the open mall on 16th street. It runs a couple of miles along 16th street. Its just a plain old city street, but they did something incredibly smart, then banned ALL cars from it, put in a free bus service (with stops at every block) and you walk, drink, shop without getting run over like you would in DC or NYC. You can stay for weeks and never eat/drink in the same place twice. Must be 4-6 Starbucks along the route.

As teachers, you may do best in the suburbs, others who know Denver can advise you, I can't.

If Denver isn't to your liking, there are many other places. Golden, Fort Collins and Boulder are all college towns, and there are colleges and universities in Denver too, all of which offer younger, hipper, more liberal crowds than Colorado Springs, which happens to be my favorite.

Good luck and hope you find something.

s/Mike
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Old 08-11-2006, 12:49 AM
 
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Well, we know Boulder is off our radar already for several reasons. We are clearly priced out. Beyond that, I'm continually getting a "holier-than-thou" sense of the place. An unfounded impression, really.

Ft. Collins, Denver suburbs, Denver, and -- by the sheer force of your enthusiasm, Mike -- Colorado Springs are all on our agenda.

Surprisingly, the pay differential isn't much between Denver and the suburbs. And with several area districts paying on "performance" there is some wiggle room. (Not that I'm happy with that, but that's a different forum...)

However, it will almost certainly come down to affordability. While the cost of CO is better than NY, the pay is not nearly as good. We'll be interested to see firsthand what a teacher can buy in the area.

By the way, the impression I have is that Douglas county is growing ferociously. Is that true?
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Old 08-11-2006, 01:25 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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They are building new residences and people are buying them, true.

We are no longer the fastest growing county in the country.
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:33 AM
 
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The real reason we want to leave LI is because of the the culture and the people. High strung, hyper-materialistic, emotionally and intellectually stunted, and crass all at once. They're rude. Angry. Entitled. Apathetic. Gaudy. I could go on. Cost of living isn't the concern here.
Precisely the same reason why we want to leave LI! If we move to Co we will be more than happy to leave all that behind. We thought about CT but to me it just seems very similar to LI in lot of ways.
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Old 08-23-2006, 08:44 AM
 
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Default Misinformation

The only way someone could think CT is remotely like LI is if he/she had only been to Bridgeport.

Forest covers 60 percent of CT. Although it is the 4th most densely populated state, it ranks 13th in percent of forest cover.

"In view of its long history and advance state of economic development, the amount of forest in Connecticut is remarkable...Few places on earth have as many people living among so much forest." (US Dept. of Ag. Forest Service report)

As for the people, Yankees and NYers are nothing alike. We find NYers to be "...high strung, hyper-materialistic, emotionally and intellectually stunted...crass...rude. Angry. Entitled. Apathetic. Gaudy."

I am finding the residents of Florida to be the same--no surprise given the migration statistics--and will be leaving as soon as possible.

It is not CT Yankees that Coloradoans need to worry about.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:51 PM
 
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When I said CT seems like LI in a lot of ways, I was talking about climate, taxes, overall expense etc. I was certainly not referring to the people in CT. Anyone I have met from CT has been nothing but kind. I happen to agree with you about NYers but we're not all like that
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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My fiance and I also live right on the NYC/LI border and have been talking about leaving for years (9 to be exact)...Denver is really high on our list, along with Vermont. I think leaving the East Coast would be hard (mostly because of family/friends) but it's really tempting...we have friends who moved to Denver 3 years ago and they keep telling us that if we come to visit, we'll never leave. I think they are probably right! Our only gripe with Colorado is that we love rain, and it doesn't seem to rain much...
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