Preserving the Heart of Fort Collins
by Sydney Baer
One does not have to drive far on eastbound Harmony Road to discover the beginnings of the once quiet city of Fort Collins, Colorado. Farmhouses and broken fences are tucked between long grasses and overgrown cottonwood trees. On the flip side, one doesn’t have to drive far on Highway 287, popularly known as College Avenue, before spotting a favorite restaurant or retail establishment. The former agrarian community of Northern Colorado is rapidly evolving at the expense of these rural establishments as the population increases in Fort Collins and its surrounding cities. Fort Collins was voted by Money Magazine to be the “Best Place to Live” in 2006 and has continued to stay in the top ten in years following, attracting thousands of new residents annually. Part of what makes Fort Collins such a great place to live is that it allows individuals, couples, and families to enjoy the advantages of living in an urban society, but still maintains its natural agricultural ambiance. However, this unusual mix of urban and rural community aspects that makes Fort Collins so unique is rapidly being dismantled as the city expands and develops the surrounding farmland.
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