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Diamonds in the rough 

Colorado Springs has some hidden treasures waiting to be discovered by the hearty explorer. We decided to do a bit of exploring ourselves to find out whether a few unpolished gems make Colorado Springs an undiscovered diamond mine.

-- Wayne Young and Benjamin Glahn

click to enlarge Gary Glover 	 Cheyenne Mountain - Boulevard -  - 	 Chef -  - What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The downtown area is nice. -  - What is the most overrated local attraction? The Air Force Academy. -  - Name three things that make, or would make, - Colorado Springs a world-class city? The - mountains, the downtown area and the view of Pikes - Peak.  -  - What does Colorado Springs need to make it more - exciting? I think it's fine the way it is, but there - should be less franchise restaurants.
  • Gary Glover

    Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard

    Chef

    What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The downtown area is nice.

    What is the most overrated local attraction? The Air Force Academy.

    Name three things that make, or would make, Colorado Springs a world-class city? The mountains, the downtown area and the view of Pikes Peak.

    What does Colorado Springs need to make it more exciting? I think it's fine the way it is, but there should be less franchise restaurants.

click to enlarge Amanda Crawford 	 Union - and Academy -  - Student -  - 	 - What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? It's pretty - diverse. I just came from North Carolina and there isn't - as much racism here. -  - What is the most overrated local attraction? Skiing. Everyone talks about skiing, but it's not that - great. -  - Name three things that make, or would make, - Colorado Springs a world-class city? I don't know, - I'm from California and I miss the ocean. I don't like - looking at the mountains all day. I don't like the weather; - it's too cold and I don't like the water shortages.  -  - What does Colorado Springs need to make it more - exciting? More to do than just shop. The only thing - around here is the shops. There are no water parks or - theme parks. -
  • Amanda Crawford

    Union and Academy

    Student

    What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? It's pretty diverse. I just came from North Carolina and there isn't as much racism here.

    What is the most overrated local attraction? Skiing. Everyone talks about skiing, but it's not that great.

    Name three things that make, or would make, Colorado Springs a world-class city? I don't know, I'm from California and I miss the ocean. I don't like looking at the mountains all day. I don't like the weather; it's too cold and I don't like the water shortages.

    What does Colorado Springs need to make it more exciting? More to do than just shop. The only thing around here is the shops. There are no water parks or theme parks.

click to enlarge Tery Hall 	 Broadmoor -  - 	 Mom and Mosaic Artist  -  - What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The - Red Martini Bar. -  - What is the most overrated local attraction? The Seven Falls. -  - Name three things that make, or would make, - Colorado Springs a world-class city? It needs better - museums, better theater, better restaurants and just a - little more upscale everything.  -  - What does Colorado Springs need to make it more - exciting? All of the above. -
  • Tery Hall

    Broadmoor

    Mom and Mosaic Artist

    What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The Red Martini Bar.

    What is the most overrated local attraction? The Seven Falls.

    Name three things that make, or would make, Colorado Springs a world-class city? It needs better museums, better theater, better restaurants and just a little more upscale everything.

    What does Colorado Springs need to make it more exciting? All of the above.

click to enlarge Marcus Hyde 	 Village 7 -  - High School Student  -  -  -  - What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The music scene is pretty good and a lot of people - don't realize it. -  - What is the most overrated local attraction? The churches. People get the impression that the - churches run this town, but I don't think that's all that - true. I think it's an overstatement. -  - Name three things that make, or would make, - Colorado Springs a world-class city? They need to - improve downtown by having more stuff here. The city - transportation needs to be improved and we need a few - more music venues.  -  - What does Colorado Springs need to make it more - exciting? More days off school. -
  • Marcus Hyde

    Village 7

    High School Student

    What is Colorado Springs' best-kept secret? The music scene is pretty good and a lot of people don't realize it.

    What is the most overrated local attraction? The churches. People get the impression that the churches run this town, but I don't think that's all that true. I think it's an overstatement.

    Name three things that make, or would make, Colorado Springs a world-class city? They need to improve downtown by having more stuff here. The city transportation needs to be improved and we need a few more music venues.

    What does Colorado Springs need to make it more exciting? More days off school.

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