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  •  Some more thoughts on CO redistricting (1+ / 0-)
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    WisJohn

    I start off by choosing the "anchors" for all seven districts, and then painting outwards.

    CO-01: Denver
    CO-02: Boulder
    CO-03: Western Colorado
    CO-04: Eastern Colorado
    CO-05: Colorado Springs
    CO-06: Aurora
    CO-07: Lakewood/Arvada

    From that, Denver alone is most of the 1st district, and just needs to nibble from elsewhere.  Adding Fort Collins to Boulder also gets the 2nd pretty close (and I feel that Fort Collins is a better match for Boulder than Douglas County).

    However, the rural anchors of the 3rd and 4th don't even provide half the population they need.  Pueblo is commonly added to the 3rd (and I don't really know where else that county would go), and now it comes to the 4th.  Basically, I see nothing else to fill it up besides Weld and Douglas Counties (population centers of Greeley and Castle Rock), which seems more appropriate than adding back Fort Collins.

    Give the 5th a couple other nearby counties, and it's getting close.  The 6th does need quite a bit more population, and it seems logical to throw on the south Denver suburbs of Centennial and Littleton.  Then you've got the 7th which can take some other Jefferson County cities, the north Denver suburbs (Commerce City, Thornton, Westminster), and maybe Broomfield too.

    You end up getting a map pretty similar to what ended up happening.

    •  All right so basically if you keep Larimer County (1+ / 0-)
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      Skaje

      in the 2nd, the things that I feel should be changed from the actual map are 1) putting Longmont in the 2nd 2) getting rid of the loop around the airport with the 6th 3) removing Columbine/Ken Caryl from the 1st and 4) putting Las Animas with Pueblo where it fits much better while 5) trying to keep suburbs like Highlands Ranch in north Douglas in the 6th.

      Doing all that leaves the 4th considerably underpopulated and to avoid taking in the more suburban areas of the Denver metro area, I nixed #4 and had to have the it take up rural north/east Adams County and then take in 17k people in rural eastern El Paso County to avoid splitting any more cities and got this:
       photo CONon-PartisanMapDraftDenver_zpsa02de404.png

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