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Colorado Springs is 10 times the geographical size it was in 1940. Traffic is an increasing source of frustration and congestion, water is a looming problem, schools are increasingly overcrowded and our utility rates are soaring as existing customers pay the way for new development. Yet we keep building and building -- damn the torpedoes.

James Soderholm -  - Old Colorado City -  - CC English prof   -  - What's so bad about sprawl? It destroys any - sense of village life, any sense of neighborhood, - community and region. It fosters anonymity and faceless - interaction. -  - Describe Colorado Springs 50 years from now.  - Unless something is done to develop public - transportation, it'll be an extremely unpleasant place to - live by then. I doubt they'll build more highways, so the - roads will become more congested than they already are, - with I-25 worst of all.
  • James Soderholm

    Old Colorado City

    CC English prof

    What's so bad about sprawl? It destroys any sense of village life, any sense of neighborhood, community and region. It fosters anonymity and faceless interaction.

    Describe Colorado Springs 50 years from now. Unless something is done to develop public transportation, it'll be an extremely unpleasant place to live by then. I doubt they'll build more highways, so the roads will become more congested than they already are, with I-25 worst of all.

Matt Fackelman -  - Wagon Trails -  - Technology application teacher -  - Do developers own City Hall? From what I've - seen, I'd have to say so. -  - Is urban sprawl an over-hyped issue? It's - certainly a problem along the Front Range. It's an - environmental problem, and there's not enough water to - sustain it. -  - What's the worst thing about sprawl? If the - economy tanks, we'll have a huge excess of housing, and - property values will plummet. Plus, it's ugly. -  - What's your say about I-25 congestion? I-25 is - not built to handle even its present capacity, and it's - getting worse. We need to look at mass transportation, - not put in more on- and offramps.
  • Matt Fackelman

    Wagon Trails

    Technology application teacher

    Do developers own City Hall? From what I've seen, I'd have to say so.

    Is urban sprawl an over-hyped issue? It's certainly a problem along the Front Range. It's an environmental problem, and there's not enough water to sustain it.

    What's the worst thing about sprawl? If the economy tanks, we'll have a huge excess of housing, and property values will plummet. Plus, it's ugly.

    What's your say about I-25 congestion? I-25 is not built to handle even its present capacity, and it's getting worse. We need to look at mass transportation, not put in more on- and offramps.

Tom Barnes -  - Woodmore/Monument area -  - Attorney -  - Are developers the power behind City Hall? - They certainly influence City Council decisions. A - number of council members largely financed their - campaigns through developer contributions. -  - Is urban sprawl over-hyped? No, it's a real - problem. This city is significantly different -- in a bad - way -- from when I moved here in 1977. Growth has to - be carefully planned, and it hasn't been. -  - What's your experience driving on I-25? - There's been times when traffic was backed up for hours. - And it's getting worse. -  - Describe Colorado Springs in 2050.  Without - better planning, it'll be a sprawling, chaotic metropolis. - But money talks, and developers, to a large extent, call - the shots.
  • Tom Barnes

    Woodmore/Monument area

    Attorney

    Are developers the power behind City Hall? They certainly influence City Council decisions. A number of council members largely financed their campaigns through developer contributions.

    Is urban sprawl over-hyped? No, it's a real problem. This city is significantly different -- in a bad way -- from when I moved here in 1977. Growth has to be carefully planned, and it hasn't been.

    What's your experience driving on I-25? There's been times when traffic was backed up for hours. And it's getting worse.

    Describe Colorado Springs in 2050. Without better planning, it'll be a sprawling, chaotic metropolis. But money talks, and developers, to a large extent, call the shots.

Heather Matthews -  - North End -  - About to begin medical school -  - Do the developers own City Hall? That's what I - hear around town. Developers pretty much finance - political campaigns around here. -  - Is sprawl exaggerated? No. It's certainly a topic - in the media, and it's certainly a part of the public - consciousness. -  - What's the worst thing about sprawl? I just - moved here from Boston, and I love the open space in - Colorado Springs, but the trade-off is that here you drive - everywhere you go, so there's far less interaction - between people. -  - What's driving on I-25 like? Everyone flies - along closely packed at 80 miles per hour. It's nerve- - racking. -  - Describe this town in the year 2050.  An - unbroken line of development between Denver and - Pueblo. Colorado Springs will be a suburb of Denver, like - Westminster or Broomfield.
  • Heather Matthews

    North End

    About to begin medical school

    Do the developers own City Hall? That's what I hear around town. Developers pretty much finance political campaigns around here.

    Is sprawl exaggerated? No. It's certainly a topic in the media, and it's certainly a part of the public consciousness.

    What's the worst thing about sprawl? I just moved here from Boston, and I love the open space in Colorado Springs, but the trade-off is that here you drive everywhere you go, so there's far less interaction between people.

    What's driving on I-25 like? Everyone flies along closely packed at 80 miles per hour. It's nerve- racking.

    Describe this town in the year 2050. An unbroken line of development between Denver and Pueblo. Colorado Springs will be a suburb of Denver, like Westminster or Broomfield.

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