Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ft. Collins, Colo.

We spent a good part of our time roaming the surprisingly large, well-preserved and vibrant turn-of-the-century Old Town city center. The area is buzzing with pedestrian traffic day and night, which feeds the large number of coffeeshops, nightclubs, restaurants and specialty stores. (Click on pictures to make them bigger.)

In the middle of the city is Colorado State University. The agriculture and mechanical college is pretty typical. There are some attractive green spaces (such as the Oval below) but most of the architecture (such as the student center above) is uninspired.

Speaking of uninspired architecture, on the edge of the city, at the base of the mountains a couple of miles from campus, is the home of the CSU Rams. Hughes Stadium doesn't come close to rivaling LSU's legendary Tiger Stadium, but it probably serves its purpose.

We were able to walk into the stadium thanks to major construction activity. Workers are replacing the field with a new one that will include a sophisticated underground drainage system. The U-shaped seating arrangement accomodates 30,000 fans, or a third of the capacity of Deaf Valley in Baton Rouge.

Nearby is Horsetooth Reservoir, a popular swimming and boating area that reminded me of Lake Travis near Austin, Texas.

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