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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.
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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.
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.
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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.