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  1. #1
    Aug 2005
    Anchorage, AK

    Manitou Springs, CO

    Manitou is right next to Colorado Springs, but in some ways it couldn't be more different. I took these pictures in the late afternoon and early evening, so the lighting on some of them is a little, um, odd, but hopefully they still give a sense of the place.

  2. #2
    May 2008
    California Central Coast
    ooh gorgeous & unique architecture. looks like they have a pretty vibrant downtown area!

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    Cyburbian wahday's avatar
    May 2005
    New Town
    These are great! And a good friend is the mayor of Manitou Springs, too! They have done a LOT of work during his tenure to deal with historic preservation and develop downtown as an anchor point for tourism and future development. He would be proud of the nice pics. Maybe I'll direct him to them. I saw him at the end of last summer and he was super jazzed about what they had accomplished.

    There was an interesting article that featured him, too, but I have lost the link. Their house burned down a few years ago and they rebuilt with a heavy emphasis on sustainable building practices. The fire and rebuilding led directly to his run for mayor - people loved what he was doing on the his home site and wanted to expand these elements to existing and new construction int he city.
    The purpose of life is a life of purpose

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    Cyburbian Queen B's avatar
    Mar 2003
    "Somewhere in the middle"
    We just LOVE Manitou Springs.
    It is wonderful, they have and awesome arts festival. We just happened to stumble through town on that weekend, incredible.

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    Wow! What a really neat town. Thanks for sharing teofilo!

    It's not often you see Art Nouveau in America. Lovely!
    Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
    Feb 2004
    on my 15 minute break
    What a cool place! I love how they don't take themselves so seriously - 'Dude, no grinding'!!!
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

  7. #7
    May 2007
    Manitou is an old hippy type of town, similar to a Bisbee, AZ. It's a nice, but awkward place. Several years ago they had a "Keep Manitou Weird" campaign to drive out some development.

    Stop by Kinfolks if you're ever there, they always have a great selection of microbrews on tap, and you'll rarely drink the same brews in different visits.

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