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  •  I had San Francisco in between, but I really (2+ / 0-)
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    love Colorado.  Some of the things I love:

    A newer, younger, more open feeling.  History goes back mostly just 150 years, as compared to 300-400 years in the east.  Just seems that things are newer, less fixed and there are more opportunities.

    I love the open spaces.  I realize the Denver metro area is now 3 million or so, but compared to NYC, that's the size of, say, Brooklyn.  Just a few minutes from town will take you out onto the plains or up into the mountains where you can see wildlife like antelope, elk and buffalo (well, the buffalo are part of a herd owned by Denver, but to city dwellers it looks natural).  Even the woods don't have the dense underbrush that you have in eastern forests so you can see long distances even while hiking.

    I love four seasons, which is something I didn't really experience in San Francisco.  To a New Yorker, it's something you'd probably appreciate as well.

    The air is cleaner out here.  They've done a lot to rid Denver of the brown smog that was present in the 70's and, except for Commerce City, the few noticeable aromas tend to be from agriculture.

    This week starts the Stock show, which had a parade of livestock downtown, rodeo, and various other animal and western activities.

    The city is big enough to have all of the major team sports represented - football - go Broncos! - baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and Lacrosse.  The mountains have plenty of recreation with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking in the summer, whitewater rafting in the spring/summer, a major international bike race around Colorado similar to the Tour de France, and generally a healthier population than most states.  

    Colorado even has one of the most educated populations in the country with the highest rate of college graduates.  That still doesn't mean that Colorado values funding of education, but plenty of people know what it has done to help them.

    Lots of businesses, including startups, tech companies, green companies (and oil, gas, mining and other extractive industries, with the Colorado School of Mines being one of the top schools in the country on that score), more microbreweries than any other state (or perhaps it's just per capita), the Great American Brew Festival, and micro wineries and distilleries.

    There are also lots of immigrants to provide culture - it's not just a southwest - Hispanic alternative.  Just driving down the street towards my house I pass by various Asian markets (Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai), interspersed with various Hispanic restaurants, shops, businesses.  There are also Italian restaurants and many middle-eastern ones in some other areas of town.  I know it's not like the much larger areas in New York for the various cultures, but I'm just pointing out you won't find Denver a white-bread culture.

    There are issues with Colorado as well, but for the first time that I can remember, I have Democrats representing me all the way up the line, wherever there are party affiliations on the ballot.  I am pretty happy with that.

    •  Wow. Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      for the informative reply. It is much appreciated.

      I do like the Western part of this country, for its beauty in particular. If Utah was not Utah I would love to live up in the Cache Valley area.

      I could root for the Broncos,but not so sure about the Rockies. Ha.

      Thanks again.

      Health insurance is not health care.

      by Jarrayy on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 05:35:29 PM PST

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      •  I was an usher for five years for the Rockies (0+ / 0-)

        and one for the Broncos.  Even for us, it's hard to root for the Rockies where the owner tries to continually see how little he can spend - winning isn't his goal.

        I left out above that I'd be happy to send you an invitation to the Colorado COmmunity group so you can see a bit of the traffic that we contribute to the Great Orange.  You could come out for a visit.  And, should you run across Ministry of Truth, he lived here for awhile and he can give you a current comparison between the two, though he has his wife and bouncing baby girl flavoring his perception of NY.

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