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Ivywild at heart

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Millions of dollars have been dropped into the old Ivywild School, in hopes that it'll transform into a southern-downtown neighborhood hub of food, drink and art.

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Tim Lopez of Old Colorado City is a tool maker

How will the Ivywild project affect that neighborhood? It'll bring in more people, but I wish the building was still educating kids.

Is there a favorite gathering spot in your neighborhood? The library, maybe. Or maybe Thirsty's [Tavern], where you can drink a beer or two, play pool, talk.

What's another construction project or attraction that we need? What we don't need is a new baseball stadium. Keep the one they have where it is. What we do need is a better public transportation hub.

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David Rowe of Woodland Park is a house husband

Will this project alter the Ivywild neighborhood? It'll bring in some income, but it'll make it a higher-traffic area.

How important are good gathering spots to a neighborhood? It's beneficial. Fewer and fewer neighborhoods have one these days.

What's another construction project or attraction this city needs? Nothing. There are enough already.

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Bill Welter of north Colorado Springs is in tech support

Relate your takes on Bristol Brewery and Blue Star. I like the beer Bristol puts out. Blue Star is overpriced.

Will this project benefit the Ivywild neighborhood? As long as they preserve the structure's old-timey look, it's a great way to recycle a building and bring in new business.

Any favorite neighborhood hangouts? We like SouthSide Johnny's because it has great bands. We also like Navajo Hogan and Bloom's Mill Hill Saloon, a quaint, established place atop a hill on 21st Street with a lot of characters.

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Will Stoney of Old Colorado City is a bar manager

How will the Ivywild project affect that neighborhood? It's a positive thing for a community to put an abandoned, unused building to work doing something awesome.

How important are gathering spots for a community? I enjoy the neighborhood I live in precisely because it has a strip that acts as a big gathering spot. It creates a feeling of community that other parts of town don't have.

What's your best-ever neighborhood hang-out? The Pennant Bar in San Diego, an unassuming little dive bar where everyone hangs out and knows each other — the best bar I've been to.

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