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Old 03-28-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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5th generation Coloradan, 4th generation native here.

I like California. I was in San Diego and La Jolla last week. Colorado is not like California except they are probably the only two places I would want to live.

I think the OP wishes Colorado was exactly the same as it was in the early 90s. That's unrealistic....for anywhere in the country.
Awe, you were in my hometown. Just like you they are the only two places I would live. I spent a lot of time at the La Jolla beaches surfing.

Some of my friends have expressed the same thing as the OP but with anger. I wish more of them were like you and understood that Colorado is not its own country but a state that is part of the US.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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I agree completely. In the last 5 years or so "Colorado" clothing, bumper stickers, and other swag has really proliferated. Lots of state pride but the most visual displays are usually the young transplants.

I know what you mean. I used to live in more heterogeneous cities like Boston, etc. Where I work almost all of my patients are white, Lexus-driving, upper-middle class soccer moms with kids names Logan and Bentley who have made-up gluten allergies. Very entitled also.
I love seeing the local swag being created. It does bring pride to even us that have migrated here. The young transplants tend to bring their own hometown flare and mix it in with Colorado's. It makes it more interesting to me.

I know this is getting off topic but I have to ask you how do you know their gluten allergies are made up? Do you know gluten intake can affect people that have autoimmune disorders? My wife is a good example when it comes to an autoimmune disorder. I have friends that have celiacs disease and it is a lot more prevalent than people realize.

I can see why people that have lived here all their lives get frustrated because it has gotten so crowded. The problem with a lot of natives is their perceived entitlement to this state. It is pride and I respect that but I have never seen it like this in other states I have visited and in the state I grew up in.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Awe, you were in my hometown. Just like you they are the only two places I would live. I spent a lot of time at the La Jolla beaches surfing.

Some of my friends have expressed the same thing as the OP but with anger. I wish more of them were like you and understood that Colorado is not its own country but a state that is part of the US.
Agreed. I thank OP for their thoughts, and it's nice to see someone can discuss the pros and cons of living in CO, which of course has it's good and bad just like anywhere.

And I've only visited La Jolla once, although hoping to make it back again soon and could definitely see myself living there, assuming I win the lottery of course and could afford it! lol!
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:12 AM
 
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Agreed. I thank OP for their thoughts, and it's nice to see someone can discuss the pros and cons of living in CO, which of course has it's good and bad just like anywhere.

And I've only visited La Jolla once, although hoping to make it back again soon and could definitely see myself living there, assuming I win the lottery of course and could afford it! lol!
What love about a lot of people here is their live and let live attitude.

La Jolla is nice but I would choose to live in Del Mar or Encinitas over it because they are more laid back.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Parker, CO
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Awe, you were in my hometown. Just like you they are the only two places I would live. I spent a lot of time at the La Jolla beaches surfing.

Some of my friends have expressed the same thing as the OP but with anger. I wish more of them were like you and understood that Colorado is not its own country but a state that is part of the US.
I've never understood the anti-California sentiment. Most of the Californians I've met here are awesome people, and California is one of my favorite states.

Now, Texans on the other hand... I won't open that can of worms
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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What love about a lot of people here is their live and let live attitude.

La Jolla is nice but I would choose to live in Del Mar or Encinitas over it because they are more laid back.
I hit the Farmers Market in Little Italy on Saturday morning and found an artist that I bought something from when I was in San Diego 5 or 6 years ago. He commented about how much San Diego had changed. I laughed and said everywhere has changed. It's the nature of the world.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:37 PM
 
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I hit the Farmers Market in Little Italy on Saturday morning and found an artist that I bought something from when I was in San Diego 5 or 6 years ago. He commented about how much San Diego had changed. I laughed and said everywhere has changed. It's the nature of the world.
So true. The surge in heroin use and overdoses in many smaller cities/towns have been in part attributed to stagnation, boredom, and lack of opportunity in those places. I would much rather live in a high growth area experiencing change and expansion, and deal with the challenges that ensue, than one that is depressed and stagnant.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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So true. The surge in heroin use and overdoses in many smaller cities/towns have been in part attributed to stagnation, boredom, and lack of opportunity in those places. I would much rather live in a high growth area experiencing change and expansion, and deal with the challenges that ensue, than one that is depressed and stagnant.
Agree 100%.

I believe these exact words came out of my mouth just the other night.

Cities are either growing or declining. Staying the same isn't an option. If given the choice, I'll take growth. It comes with challenges, but it's better than the alternative.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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If a person wants to fall into a wormhole and get a glimpse of the Colorado of 30 years ago, go spend some time in Craig.

I left there nearly 25 years ago and other than some new houses, a new hospital, and a Wal-Mart it still looks pretty much the same as it did when I left. The schools are dreadful, drug and alcohol use is through the roof, and the town's economy is nearly completely dependent on the power plant and the coal mines that support it.
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Old 03-28-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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I have loved seeing the Denver Metro area grow since I moved here in 1999. It was stagnant for a while but after the recession it went nuts. It just signals that things are healthy around here and still getting better. Yes, traffic is horrific at times but I still don't think it is even close to Southern California's standards. It is ridiculous how much you can do around here.
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