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Old 01-23-2011, 04:41 PM
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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So when you refer to Pueblo as Southern Colorado's Alpha city, you are referring to the region outlined on the map. If this is the case, I agree.

As for the military being the only reason that Colorado Springs grew, it's simply not true. Take a look at the numbers, especially in the 1960s and 1970s:

1950 45,472 23.6%
1960 70,194 54.4%
1970 135,060 92.4%
1980 214,914 59.1%
1990 281,140 30.8%
2000 360,890 28.4%
2009 414,658 14.9%

All that is NOT just military. This is jealousy on your part speaking. It is without a doubt boosted by the military, as many of the installations were built in the 1940s and 1950s. This was also a period where many cities in Colorado really took off, not just Colorado Springs.

As to your "tortoise and hare" analogy, it's clever. But as Colorado Springs population growth slows to more manageable levels (which is happening) the city will have a chance get itself caught up. You make it sound that it is a complete lost cause, which is not at all true.

Pueblo may not ever experience a population boom, but that's okay. There's nothing wrong with just being a large town/small city like Pueblo. This is why I think you are jealous of Colorado Springs, because you are inconsistent. You state that you want slow growth and minimized sprawl, but the Pueblo Springs Ranch is the exact opposite of that. I don't blame you for loving your town, and defending it when others criticize it, but it seems you are quick to criticize Colorado Springs faster than outsiders are to criticize Pueblo.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:59 PM
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Here we are again, some guys asks only about a good place to live, and now it's the usual hijacking crap about alpha cities and transport hubs and city X does it all wrong and this town is a major city, and....

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