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Colorado Springs, CO

Located in El Paso County on the Monument and Fountain creeks, Colorado Springs has a population of more than 372,000. After gold was discovered at nearby Cripple Creek in the early 1890s, Colorado Springs city quickly grew into a commercial center; in the 20th century, the area became a hub for military and technological industries. The city is also a popular year-round health and tourism resort.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

After major computer and electronic communications manufacturers began moving into the Colorado Springs area in the 1980s, the city experienced a tremendous growth spurt. The current economy depends heavily on military-related industries. The city is home to Fort Carson, the city's largest military base and home station of the Army's Fourth Infantry Division; Schriever Air Force Base, which is in charge of the U.S. Department of Defense satellite system; Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base, which houses the control center that detects aircraft, missile, or space attack against North America; and the Peterson Air Force Base, which contains the headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command and the U.S. Space Command.

First established in 1871 as a resort destination, Colorado Springs has maintained this image. Its outdoor recreational opportunities, spectacular scenery and fine hotels and resorts help make tourism the city's third-largest industry.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Colorado has recently undertaken several redevelopment and revitalizatin projects to improve certain areas of the city. The Downtown Streetscape Project involved the design and renovation of drainage features, sidewalks, and curbs to improve the appearance of the downtown area. The project began with streetscape work on Tejon Street, which contains a number of popular dining and retail establishments. Revitalization efforts also focused on constructing a large animated fountain in Acacia Park called the Uncle Wilber Fountain.

The Lowell Project focused on the restoration and rehabilitation of Lowell Elementary School, located in the South Central Downtown area and originally built in 1891. The project also includes construction of residential apartments, lofts, residential housing, and retail and office space around the school. Reflecting the "New Urbanism" movement begun in the 1990s, restoration projects concentrated on landscaping common areas, keeping parking lots to a minimum, and situating public restaurants and amenities to encourage pedestrian activity and interaction among residents.

Other targeted areas for renewal included Gold Hill Mesa Township and the Pikes Peak region.

FOR VISITORS

Colorado Springs features a number of museums and historic properties:

FAMILY FUN

Numerous attractions and points of interest showcase the city's scenery and historic role as ranch country:

EDUCATION

Colorado Springs is home to several institutions of higher learning:

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