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Whither Colorado Springs? 

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Colorado Springs is: a) a dream place to live; b) a cultural backwater; c) a refuge from problems besetting larger cities; d) all of the above; e) none of the above.

click to enlarge Jim Brady
  • Jim Brady

Jim Brady of Ivywild is a retired school counselor.

Name a way, for good or ill, that Colorado Springs differs from the rest of the country. If you love the outdoors, the surroundings here are awesome. Politically, on the other hand, we're way more conservative than most of the country.

What's your pet peeve about Colorado Springs? People want services, but they don't want to pay for them. You can't have it both ways. If you want good roads, you have to pay for them.

How has Colorado Springs changed over the past 10 to 20 years? Sprawl. The area this town covers geographically is stunning.

What city do you wish we'd be more like? Portland. It avoids sprawl by infilling. It has excellent public transportation. It's socially progressive and geographically beautiful.

What should Colorado Springs' priority be? Better funding for infrastructure and for public schools.

click to enlarge Kellie Tanous
  • Kellie Tanous

Kellie Tanous of Gold Hill is a buyer for Terra Verde.

In what way is Colorado Springs different from the rest of the country? The mountains. The amount of sunshine. Also it's way more conservative than most places.

What's your pet peeve about Colorado Springs? It's so conservative.

Is there a city or town you'd prefer living in? I love Colorado Springs, but I also love small mountain towns like Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Durango.

What priority should Colorado Springs adopt for now? Making Tejon like Denver's 16th Street walking mall. It'll never happen, though.

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  • Justin Janowski

Justin Janowski near Academy and Fountain is a sales trainer.

Identify a way that Colorado Springs differs from the rest of the country. It's very active and health-conscious, with things like the Jack Quinn's 5K run every Tuesday night that draws hundreds of people.

What most annoys you about Colorado Springs? We don't do enough as a community to solve homelessness, which is a big problem here.

What city do you wish Colorado Springs was more like? There's a few ways that I'd love for us to be more like Milwaukee, where I'm from — things like Friday night fish fries and more intramural sports opportunities.

What priority should Colorado Springs pursue at present? It should be the priority of every city to promote healthy lifestyles and enrich the lives of people living there. As a Christian, I'd love for us to do more to help the people struggling with homelessness.

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