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click to enlarge Robert Lloyd
  • Robert Lloyd

Most of us have trouble envisioning life two months from now, much less two decades. Whatever it looks like, Colorado Springs in 2020 is likely to be as much of an ideological battleground as it is now.

Robert Lloyd
Sales Northeast

What will Colorado Springs be like in 2020? There'll be a parking meter on every corner.

What does the city need most? Place for people to be 21 years old at, instead of 16 or 30. I mean, you can go to a museum or you can go to Chuck E. Cheese.

What will downtown have then that we don't have now? I bet every business will be an Internet business. A lot of window-shopping will be eliminated for that reason.

click to enlarge Darlene Hardle
  • Darlene Hardle

What do you fear most? Definitely atmosphere. There's more people driving faster, walking faster, getting more impatient, the speed of everything is going to keep people getting angry.

Who will be mayor? Gosh, why doesn't Arnold Schwarzenegger come up and be mayor for us?

Darlene Hardie
Artist Cascade

What will Colorado Springs be like in 2020? Probably higher [buildings] -- there won't be many places to go out from. If it's still alive it will be a miracle.

What does the city need most? A good art show.

What do you fear most? Our government.

click to enlarge Anita Hanlon
  • Anita Hanlon

Who will be mayor? Someone who's 20 right now.

Anita Hanlon
Substitute teacher Rockrimmon

What will Colorado Springs be like in 2020? One can always hope that it'll be better -- that the historic sites are still around, that nothing more is torn down, that views of Pikes Peak are not obstructed by the courthouse.

What does the city need most? More political diversity.

What do you fear most? That it won't change, that it'll stay as conservative as it is now, that it'll be eaten alive by the developers.

What will downtown have then that we don't have now? Hopefully a lot fewer people walking around with cell phones. Fewer SUVs, maybe some public transportation? Who will be mayor? An independent woman.

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Scott Biery
Coffee shop owner Colorado City

What will Colorado Springs be like in 2020? Big.

What does the city need most? Probably a good plan to deal with growth, infrastructure, the whole area.

What do you fear most? I can answer that another way. I lived here for a long time and it just got too big, and not affordable. I think it's a great place to live, but it's getting very pricey and it's not really what I want right now.

What do you think downtown will have that we don't have now? There'll be a lot more crime; I think there will be a lot of good things with the bad. More crime, more homelessness and then probably more art and music and restaurants.

Who will be mayor? My sister, Trish.

--John Dicker

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