Originally Posted by weatherguru18
I was expecting major sprawl, density and many highrises
That seems contradictory lol.
Glad you like it here though. I'd suggest staying out of Five Points and Park Hill for the most part. Highland is the new hotness. It's located adjacent to Downtown and is very walkable and urban. I'd say that most of the central neighborhoods are pretty good places to live. Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek, Cheeseman Park, Uptown, Wash Park, Riverfront, all offer a decent urban setting too. Though they are a little off from the highway, with the exception of Riverfront and Highland, which could be a minus for you if you are going to commute from the highway so much. There are also some new towers located downtown that are pretty damn spiffy (Check out Spire). Lodo (Lower Downtown) is cool too. But you get the whole bar scene and craziness that comes along with being downtown.
People commute to the Springs all the time, it takes about an hour from the central part of the city and can take at least double that to get back if traffic is backed up along the highway during rush hour. You will not
have problems driving in the snow. As long as you don't get agressive you'll be fine. People bitch about slow drivers in the snow, but it's smarter to be slow than hit a large patch of black ice, or try to stop too fast and slide into the back of a car. Knowing how to start in a higher gear can be a great help too so you don't spin your wheels. But major storms like that don't come around often. Maybe once or twice a year. And when it regularly snows it melts pretty quickly on the roads due to our abundant sunshine and dry humidity.
It may snow in the winter, but it's never too bad, too cold, or too hot, for too long. During the summer we may have a couple of days around 100 degrees, and a few days below zero during the winter. But it's normally rather mild and livable. Our lack of humidity makes hot and cold days much easier to manage than a lot of other places with lower elevations. Once you get sick of the weather, it changes pretty damn quickly. It can help to lug a coat around in a car because its so damn unpredictable. It can be 70 degrees in the day, and 40 degrees at night during some seasons. We get about 300 days of sunshine. Which is more than that of San Diego or Miami Beach.
We are outdoorsy people. We have pretty much everything but the sea. We like going out, even for a stroll. Denver is the first city in America to have a city wide bike rental program. See http://denver.bcycle.com/
. One other thing I often hear from out of towners is that we are laid back and friendly. We love sports. The Broncos are usually the cover story of the newspaper on a Monday following a game
. Denver also has a kick ass music scene (Red Rocks is epic), and plenty to do to keep yourself busy and entertained. We also love beer. Delicious and unique micro-beers (a true Coloradan should hate Coors
. Also be warned, at our high altitude you can get drunk very quickly if you are not yet acclimated. You will adjust after a week or two.) That's just the city. There are hundreds of things I can mention that you can do in Colorado in a few hours drive. Some of the most beautiful places I have ever scene on the planet are nearby in the mountains. Granted there is not too much to do far eastward in the plains as you probably saw on your drive. We also have kick ass sunsets, and plenty of rainbows (double!?) during the Spring and Summer for your visual pleasure.
We also are known to brand our "Colorado: No Vacancy" bumperstickers because we know how bad ass it is to live here, and we don't want every schmuck on the earth moving here and taking advantage of the awesomeness that ensues. I know I'm a homer, but it I couldn't explain this all any differently. Also, maybe post some questions in the Denver or Colorado threads if you want some more views and answers.
Hope you join us! Just don't tell everyone to move here after you tell them how cool it really is!