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No matter how good the relationship, job, neighborhood or overall situation, you can bet that most of us will wish that something were different.

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Dave Moross of Crown Hill Mesa is a college sports information director

Name the best local politician. Bob Isaac is still my guy.

What's the best local festival? Territory Days. It has a lot of things to do, eat and enjoy that you don't see elsewhere.

Outside your own, what's the best neighborhood to live in? The Old North End. It's quiet, it has old homes, nice architecture and a lot of history.

Give the best reasons for living in Colorado Springs. Year-round good weather, recreational opportunities and healthy-minded citizens.

What's the biggest downside? The growing amount of traffic.

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Nora Duane of Manitou Springs is a teacher

What's Colorado Springs' biggest claim to shame? Its religious right politics.

Which local festival is most fun? The Craft Lager Festival in Manitou.

Name the best place for a blind date. Shuga's. It has a cool atmosphere and outstanding people-watching if you have nothing to talk about.

Which neighborhood would you like to live in? The west side. It's eclectic and diverse. It has a good community feel.

What's the best reason for living here? I can walk out my door to some of the best hiking and trail running in the world.

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Susan Fletcher of Old Colorado City is a historian

What's our city's biggest claim to shame? I grew up here, moved away for 10 years, and came back. It was a shame when I got back to see the economic shambles we were in, unable to sustain our parks and museums.

Name the best local festival. The What If Festival put on by Imagination Celebration.

Where's the best place for a blind date? Personally, I'd take the guy out hiking to see what he's made of.

What's the biggest downside to living here? There's not enough people in their 20s and 30s. Lots of people I went to high school with left and never came back.

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Chris Peacock of Rockrimmon is a stay-at-home dad

What's Colorado Springs' biggest claim to shame? The bad rap we got from the religious right.

Besides your own, what's the best neighborhood in town? The west side, without a doubt. It's a tight-knit community.

Name the biggest downside to living here. TABOR and the Gallagher Amendment. This isn't the same place it was in the 1990s.

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