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Which way do we grow?

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More people need more homes, more businesses and more things to do. But can we get too much of a good thing?

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Bryce Leatherman of Black Forest is a student

Who do you think is the most powerful person in Colorado Springs? I'm not sure, but I see the El Pomar Foundation everywhere.

Do you think that overall, developers get a bad rap? No, from what I hear they do a pretty good job. The ones I know are good, friendly, personable people.

Describe one project you'd love to see a wealthy developer take on. There's an old [hotel] that got started by Interquest Parkway and never got finished. The walls and roof are done, but nothing else. I'd like to see it completed or demolished.

Locally, do you think the real power is in business, politics or elsewhere? Business. This is a pretty conservative town, and there's a capitalistic feel that seems to drive it.

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Jessica Willow of the northwest side is a server

Who do you think is the most powerful person in Colorado Springs? The guy who owns lots of the businesses on Tejon. The Springs doesn't have much of a nightlife, but what it has is on Tejon.

Do you think that overall, developers get a bad rap? Yes, I do. Most people think that people who are involved in real estate are like con men. But it's not true; it's like any other job.

What's the most important quality you'd need to be successful in real estate? Being able to talk to people, make people feel comfortable, and know what they really want. You have to have patience.

Locally, is the real power in business, politics or elsewhere? The real power is within the military in this town.

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Joseph Haley of the south side is a lead generator

Who do you think is the most powerful person in Colorado Springs? For me personally, it's my grandpa. He's 85, and he came here from Italy as a young boy. I respect him, and he's done a lot for our family.

Why do you think developers sometimes get a bad rap? They're a little difficult. I've done some construction and some of the contractors are difficult, too, and like to make unnecessary changes.

What is the most important quality you'd need to be successful in real estate? You'd have to be well- spoken, well-mannered and know your information.

Describe one project you'd love to see a wealthy developer take on. I'd like to see more projects to promote music with more venues downtown, and more homeless shelters for when it's cold.

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