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Southeast bleaks

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A drive along the entire length of Academy Boulevard reveals quite a contrast between north and south. The south end could be just as attractive, just as thriving, and just as profitable for new businesses. But what would it take?

Jillian Barroquillo

Jillian Barroquillo of the south side is a stay-at-home mom

What do you think the southeast part of the city needs most? Parks. And a Sprouts store, or a Whole Foods, and more family-oriented places.

What do you think it needs least? More hole-in-the-wall clubs or liquor stores.

What do you envision it could be? I could envision lots of newer, nicer places. Things seem kind of old down here, and there are lots of empty businesses.

Do you think the city is too sprawling? Well, it's definitely big and spread out. I'm from a little town in Alaska.

What's your least favorite area in town? Well, the south side isn't my favorite, but we live here because it's close to Fort Carson where my husband works.

Ryan Hilby

Ryan Hilby of Security is a schoolteacher

What do you think the southeast part of the city needs most? Well, the roads could be fixed on this side of town. Especially the big holes and cracks.

What do you think it needs least? More liquor stores. And it doesn't need any marijuana stores.

What do you envision it could be? More family-oriented establishments, like they have on the north side and downtown.

Would you want to live in a smaller Colorado Springs? I've lived in big cities and small towns; this is sort of in the middle of what I'm used to. But really, I could live anywhere.

Meekah Marecic

Meekah Marecic of Fort Carson is a freelance interpreter

What do you think the southeast part of the city needs most? Shopping centers and activities geared toward families. It seems like everything is up north.

What do you think it needs least? It seems like there are already enough auto body shops and industrial things.

What do you envision it could be? It would be nice if it had a more centralized place to meet down here.

Do you think the city is too sprawling? I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and I also lived in Boston. Even in those big cities there are smaller neighborhoods with everything you need. But it seems like there's no sense of community down here.

What's your least favorite part of town? Right outside of Fort Carson. It's easy to get lost.

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