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===Drive===
 
===Drive===
Colorado Springs is located 70 miles south of Denver on Interstate I-25.
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* '''Interstate 25''' is the only major highway, running north-south through the city.
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* '''[[Denver]]''' is 70 miles north on I-25.
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* '''[[Albuquerque]]''' is about 380 miles south on I-25.
  
 
===Bus===
 
===Bus===
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* '''[http://www.frontrangeexpress.com/ Front Range Express]''' commutes between Denver and Colorado Springs, includes wireless internet.
 
* '''Greyhound''' bus terminal is at 120 S. Weber St., in downtown Colorado Springs.
 
* '''Greyhound''' bus terminal is at 120 S. Weber St., in downtown Colorado Springs.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Colorado Springs lies along the foothills east of the Rocky Mountains.  It runs north-south along I-25, with the Air Force Academy to the North, downtown to the south, and Pikes Peak rising in the west.
 
*'''Colorado Springs Transit''', [http://www.springsgov.com/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=19]
 
*'''Colorado Springs Transit''', [http://www.springsgov.com/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=19]
 
*'''Taxi Services''', [http://www.thecityofcoloradosprings.com/taxi/index.html]
 
*'''Taxi Services''', [http://www.thecityofcoloradosprings.com/taxi/index.html]
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==See==
 
==See==
  
*'''Garden of the Gods''', [http://www.gardenofgods.com].
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*'''Garden of the Gods''', [http://www.gardenofgods.com], a series of dramatic sandstone formations, enclosed by a city park.  Excellent for hiking and technical rock climbing.
*'''Cheyenne Mountain Zoo''', [http://www.cmzoo.org].
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*'''Pikes Peak''', [http://www.pikespeakcolorado.com/ Pikes Peak Highway] or [http://www.cograilway.com Cog Rail], the most famous peak in Colorado, inspiring the song ''America, the Beautiful'', dominates over the city to the west.
*'''Seven Falls''', [http://www.sevenfalls.com].
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*'''Cave of the Winds''', [http://www.caveofthewinds.com/], a series of caves on near Manitou Springs, offering tours and a light show.
*'''Helen Hunt Falls''', [http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=781].
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*'''Cheyenne Mountain Zoo''', [http://www.cmzoo.org], a small, scenic mountain zoo with many exotic animals.
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*'''Seven Falls''', [http://www.sevenfalls.com], a privately owned series of falls and nature trails. Fills up quickly on weekends, but you can instead visit neighboring:
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*'''Helen Hunt Falls''', [http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=781], a short hike to some great views, within '''North Cheyenne Cañon City Park''' [http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=3038].
 
*'''Broadmoor Hotel''', [http://www.broadmoor.com].  5-star luxury resort. Even if your budget won't allow you to stay there, it's worth touring the lavish grounds at the base of Cheyenne Mountain.
 
*'''Broadmoor Hotel''', [http://www.broadmoor.com].  5-star luxury resort. Even if your budget won't allow you to stay there, it's worth touring the lavish grounds at the base of Cheyenne Mountain.
*'''United States Air Force Academy'''
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*'''United States Air Force Academy''', [http://www.usafa.af.mil], Academy nestled in the foothills of the Rampart range at the north end of town, you can tour the famous Chapel and other sights.
*'''Fort Carson'''.  Located south of Colorado Springs.
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*'''Fort Carson'''.  Army Base located south of Colorado Springs.
 
*'''Convention & Visitors Bureau''', [http://www.experiencecoloradosprings.com]. Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak,  for complete information on activities, attractions, lodging, dining and shopping choices.
 
*'''Convention & Visitors Bureau''', [http://www.experiencecoloradosprings.com]. Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak,  for complete information on activities, attractions, lodging, dining and shopping choices.
*'''Pikes Peak via Cog Railway''', [http://www.cograilway.com].
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*'''May Natural History Museum''', [http://www.maymuseum-camp-rvpark.com/natural_history.htm], an eclectic but unique museum south of town, with thousands of large insects collected by John May from around the tropics.
*'''Pikes Peak via Pikes Peak Highway''', [http://www.www.pikespeakcolorado.com/.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
* [http://www.colorado-whitewater-rafting.com/ Whitewater rafting in Colorado Springs area]
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* '''Whitewater Rafting''' on the Arkansas river, about an hour south of town.  [http://www.colorado-whitewater-rafting.com/ Lost Paddle Rafting]
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* '''Hiking''', the Pike National Forest to the west, Pikes Peak, and numerous city parks offer ample hiking opportunities.
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* '''Rock Climbing''', at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon (non-marking chalk only, register first at the Garden of the Gods visitor center), and in North Cheyenne Cañon City Park.
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* '''Pets''', Colorado Springs is very dog friendly, with excellent areas for off-leash hiking at Red Rock Canyon Open Space [http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=788#os], Palmer Park [http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=788#rp], and Bear Creek Regional Park [http://adm.elpasoco.com/NR/exeres/13A0B997-3072-431F-8986-DB517CEA0004,frameless.htm].
 
* '''Front Range Climbing Company''', [http://www.frontrangeclimbing.com]. See the beauty of Colorado Springs from up high.  Climb the Garden of the Gods, The Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Cheyenne Canyon and many other exiting destinations.
 
* '''Front Range Climbing Company''', [http://www.frontrangeclimbing.com]. See the beauty of Colorado Springs from up high.  Climb the Garden of the Gods, The Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Cheyenne Canyon and many other exiting destinations.
* '''Gravity Play Entertainment''', [http://www.gravityplay.net]. Rock and Ice climbing adventures.  Hiking trips and snowshoeing.  Party rentals, inflatable interacctive games, outdoor cinema and catering also available.
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* '''Gravity Play Entertainment''', [http://www.gravityplay.net]. Rock and Ice climbing adventures.  Hiking trips and snowshoeing.  Party rentals, inflatable interactive games, outdoor cinema and catering also available.
 
* '''Colorado Climbing School''', [http://www.coloradoclimbingschool.com]. Rock climbing classes and team building workshops.
 
* '''Colorado Climbing School''', [http://www.coloradoclimbingschool.com]. Rock climbing classes and team building workshops.
  
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* '''Chapel Hills Mall''', [http://www.chapelhillsmall.com/html/index5.asp]. Shopping, food court.
 
* '''Chapel Hills Mall''', [http://www.chapelhillsmall.com/html/index5.asp]. Shopping, food court.
 
* '''The Citadel Mall''', [http://www.shopthecitadel.com/]. Shopping, food court.
 
* '''The Citadel Mall''', [http://www.shopthecitadel.com/]. Shopping, food court.
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* '''Old Colorado Springs''', [http://www.shopoldcoloradocity.com/], Historic district with shopping and restaurants.
 
* '''Manitou Springs''', [http://manitousprings.org/]. Shopping, many restaurants, designated national historic district.
 
* '''Manitou Springs''', [http://manitousprings.org/]. Shopping, many restaurants, designated national historic district.
  
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
*'''[[Manitou Springs]]'''
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* '''[[Manitou Springs|Pikes Peak]]/Manitou Springs''' You can drive up via Pikes Peak Highway ($10 per person) or take the [http://www.cograilway.com/ Cog Railway] up (reservations recommended, ~$30 per person). Feeling fit? Hike up Barr Trail to the summit, especially beautiful in the summer with all the wild flowers. Feeling really fit? Run up during the Pikes Peak Ascent or run up AND down in the Pikes Peak Marathon.
*'''[[Manitou Springs|Pikes Peak]]''' You can drive up via Pikes Peak Highway or take the Cog Railway up (reservations recommended). Feeling fit? Hike up Barr Trail to the summit, especially beautiful in the summer with all the wild flowers. Feeling really fit? Run up during the Pikes Peak Ascent or run up AND down in the Pikes Peak Marathon.  
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* '''[[Great Sand Dunes National Park]]''', a newly created National Park about 2 hours drive southwest of the city.  Trek or slide around 750' sand dunes.
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* '''[[Cañon City|The Arkansas River]]''' has rafting, fishing, and the Royal Gorge, about an hour south of town
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* '''Ski''', the closest resorts are [[Breckenridge]] and [[Salida|Monarch]], each about a two hour drive.
  
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Revision as of 18:07, 29 December 2007

Colorado Springs [1] is a city in Colorado, USA. It is the second largest city in the state, behind Denver not far to the north, and defines the northeastern tip of the south central region of the state. Attractive mountain scenery is nearby.

Contents

Get in

Fly

  • Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS) - This is a full-service airport, but small enough to be able to get in and out quickly. Recent renovations, including free wireless internet, make it a very nice place to wait for an hour or two if you arrive early for your flight. Airport is located 11 miles east of downtown Colorado Springs.

Drive

  • Interstate 25 is the only major highway, running north-south through the city.
  • Denver is 70 miles north on I-25.
  • Albuquerque is about 380 miles south on I-25.

Bus

  • Front Range Express commutes between Denver and Colorado Springs, includes wireless internet.
  • Greyhound bus terminal is at 120 S. Weber St., in downtown Colorado Springs.

Get around

Colorado Springs lies along the foothills east of the Rocky Mountains. It runs north-south along I-25, with the Air Force Academy to the North, downtown to the south, and Pikes Peak rising in the west.

  • Colorado Springs Transit, [2]
  • Taxi Services, [3]

See

  • Garden of the Gods, [4], a series of dramatic sandstone formations, enclosed by a city park. Excellent for hiking and technical rock climbing.
  • Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak Highway or Cog Rail, the most famous peak in Colorado, inspiring the song America, the Beautiful, dominates over the city to the west.
  • Cave of the Winds, [5], a series of caves on near Manitou Springs, offering tours and a light show.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, [6], a small, scenic mountain zoo with many exotic animals.
  • Seven Falls, [7], a privately owned series of falls and nature trails. Fills up quickly on weekends, but you can instead visit neighboring:
  • Helen Hunt Falls, [8], a short hike to some great views, within North Cheyenne Cañon City Park [9].
  • Broadmoor Hotel, [10]. 5-star luxury resort. Even if your budget won't allow you to stay there, it's worth touring the lavish grounds at the base of Cheyenne Mountain.
  • United States Air Force Academy, [11], Academy nestled in the foothills of the Rampart range at the north end of town, you can tour the famous Chapel and other sights.
  • Fort Carson. Army Base located south of Colorado Springs.
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau, [12]. Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, for complete information on activities, attractions, lodging, dining and shopping choices.
  • May Natural History Museum, [13], an eclectic but unique museum south of town, with thousands of large insects collected by John May from around the tropics.

Do

  • Whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas river, about an hour south of town. Lost Paddle Rafting
  • Hiking, the Pike National Forest to the west, Pikes Peak, and numerous city parks offer ample hiking opportunities.
  • Rock Climbing, at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon (non-marking chalk only, register first at the Garden of the Gods visitor center), and in North Cheyenne Cañon City Park.
  • Pets, Colorado Springs is very dog friendly, with excellent areas for off-leash hiking at Red Rock Canyon Open Space [14], Palmer Park [15], and Bear Creek Regional Park [16].
  • Front Range Climbing Company, [17]. See the beauty of Colorado Springs from up high. Climb the Garden of the Gods, The Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Cheyenne Canyon and many other exiting destinations.
  • Gravity Play Entertainment, [18]. Rock and Ice climbing adventures. Hiking trips and snowshoeing. Party rentals, inflatable interactive games, outdoor cinema and catering also available.
  • Colorado Climbing School, [19]. Rock climbing classes and team building workshops.

Buy

  • Chapel Hills Mall, [20]. Shopping, food court.
  • The Citadel Mall, [21]. Shopping, food court.
  • Old Colorado Springs, [22], Historic district with shopping and restaurants.
  • Manitou Springs, [23]. Shopping, many restaurants, designated national historic district.

Eat

  • Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza. Great gourmet pizzas.
  • The Blue Star, (next to Bristol). Great atmosphere and good food.
  • Shuga's. Funky.
  • La Unica. Good Mexican food.
  • Big Train, 3050 N Nevada Avenue. Good place for chicken fried steak breakfast.
  • North End Diner, 3005 N Hancock. Big, cheap breakfast plates.
  • Jake and Telly's, Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City. Great Greek food; under $15 for lunch, over $20 for dinner.
  • O'Furry's. Hole-in-the-wall Irish-style pub, featuring some of the best burgers in Colorado Springs.
  • Simply Breakfast & The Dinner Nook, Dublin Road. A bland-looking storefront hides a restaurant that serves an awesome breakfast, made with care to high standards and served until 2PM.
  • The Armadillo, Hwy 83 & Academy Blvd. Tied with Colorado Bean for hottest green chile in the city.
  • Colorado Bean S. Carefree & Powers (next to ticket counter of the Cinemark theater). Coffee, drinks, Mexican food. Reasonably priced. Excellent location for dinner when you're also seeing a movie. Tied with The Armadillo for hottest green chile in the city.
  • Frankie's Bar & Grill, Powers & Galley. Neighborhood bar/grill since 1984.Burgers and wings. Perfect for watching all the games.
  • Frankie's Too!, Woodmen & Neridian in Falcon. Sports, spirits and food.
  • Jun, Very good Japanese - Popular happy hour
  • Rico's Coffee and Wine Bar, 324 N. Tejon St., [24]. Wine, chocolate, coffee, tapas, and great music.
  • Pueblo Viejo, N. Academy. Best Mexican food in Colorado Springs. Authentic. Run by a family from Jalisco, Mexico who specialize in chile rellenos. Great salsa and atmoshpere.

Drink

  • Bristol Brewing Company, [25]. Best beer in town, but no food.

Sleep

  • Radisson Inn & Suites Colorado Springs Airport, 1645 N. Newport Road, +1 719 597-7000.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Hotel, 1810 Briargate Parkway, +1 719 598-6866, [26]. Within minutes of the US Air Force Academy, Focus on the Family, historic Downtown Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, the U.S. Olympic Training Center and many high Tech companies. The hotel is also nearby world-class year-round golfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, skiing, fishing, and horseback riding.
  • Wyndham Colorado Springs Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive, +1 719 260-1800, [27].
  • Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel 2886 South Circle Drive, +1 719 576-5900, [28].
  • The Broadmoor 1 Lake Avenue, +1 719 634-7711, [29]. A luxurious retreat conveniently located just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs; The Broadmoor covers 3,000 acres with 700 hotel rooms and suites, 185,000 square feet of flexible event space, 15 restaurants, cafés and lounges, three championship golf courses, a tennis club, and world-class spa.
  • Silverwood Hotel and Conference Center, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, +1 866 602-8120, [30]. Newly remodeled facilities conveniently located off I-25 in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Close to many local attractions.
  • Best Western Airport Inn, 1780 Aeroplaza Drive, +1 719 574-7707, +1 866 740-3824, (Fax +1 719 574-5400), [31].
  • Best Western Executive Inn & Suites, 1440 Harrison Road, +1 719 576-2371, (Fax +1 719 576-4947), [32].
  • Best Western Pikes Peak Inn, 3010 N Chestnut Street, +1 719 636-5201, +1 800 223-9127 (Fax +1 719 636-3108), [33].
  • Best Western The Academy Hotel, 8110 N Academy Boulevard, +1 719 598-5770, +1 800 766-8524, (Fax +1 719 598-3434), [34].
  • Candlewood Suites, 6450 North Academy Boulevard, +1 719 590-1111, [35].
  • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road [36] offers 316 guest rooms and suites in eight residential lodges, each with a private balcony and views of Cheyenne Mountain.
  • Colorado Springs Microtel Inn & Suites, 7265 Commerce Center Drive, +1 719 598-7500 (Fax +1 719 598-4975), [37].
  • Courtyard Colorado Springs South, 2570 Tenderfoot Hill Street, +1 719 226-5006 (Fax +1 719 226-5007), [38].
  • Fairfield Inn Colorado Springs North, 7085 Commerce Center Drive, +1 719 533-1903 (Fax +1 719 533-1903), [39].
  • Fairfield Inn Colorado Springs South, 2725 Geyser Drive, +1 719 576-1717 (Fax +1 719 576-4747), [40].
  • Holiday Inn, 1855 Aeroplaza Drive, +1 719 380-8516, [41].
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1815 Aeroplaza Drive, +1 719 591-6000, [42].
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 7110 Commerce Center Dr, +1 719 592-9800, [43].
  • Motel 6, 3228 N Chestnut Street, +1 719 520-5400 (Fax +1 719 630-0377), [44].
  • Residence Inn Colorado Springs Central, 3880 North Academy Boulevard, +1 719 574-0370 (Fax +1 719 574-7821), [45].
  • Residence Inn Colorado Springs North at Interquest, 9805 Federal Drive, +1 719 388-9300 (Fax +1 719 388-9302), [46].
  • Residence Inn Colorado Springs South, 2765 Geyser Drive, +1 719 576-0101 (Fax +1 719 576-4848), [47].
  • Staybridge Suites, 7130 Commerce Drive, +1 719 590-7829, [48].
  • TownePlace Suites Colorado Springs, 4760 Centennial Blvd., +1 719 594-4447 (Fax +1 719 594-4448), [49].

Stay Safe

The Springs are about as safe as Denver, though be aware that Colorado has one of the highest death rates via automobile accidents in the US. So just remember to drive defensively and you'll be fine. Colorado Springs is also is infamous for speed traps. Watch out for motorcycle cops (around 5 or 6) along with 1 or more cruisers waiting to catch you speeding.

The southern part of town is generally less safe than the northern part. Ft. Carson, on the southern edge of town, is a large Army installation bringing in thousands of young, energetic men and women. The businesses that these clients would frequent sometimes attract a rougher crowd. Stay north of Platte or west of Wahsatch and all should be well.

Contact

Wireless Internet

  • The Daily Grind, 1200 S Tejon St. Free wireless.
  • Serranos Coffee Company, 7335 N Academy Blvd (at Falcon Landing, north of Woodmen on the east side), +1 719 266-0843. Original store is in Monument.
  • Einstein Bros. Café, 4325 Centennial Blvd (at intersection with Garden of the Gods Rd), +1 719 548-8408. Also at Woodmen & Academy. M-F 5:30AM-6PM, Sa 6AM-4PM, Su 7AM-4PM. Free wireless.
  • Oldeworld Bagel, 1670 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd Suite A (in the same shopping plaza as Target, near I-25 and Circle), +1 719 527-9651. Free wireless.
  • Panera Bread, 7344 North Academy Blvd, +1 719 522-1100; 1845 Briargate Parkway +1 719 266-9200; 3120 New Center Point +1 719 637-3500; 1832 Southgate Road +1 719 389-0808. [50]. Free wireless; however, after you connect your browser only directs you to Panera's portal until you click on the appropriate link agreeing to their terms of service.
  • The Summit House, (in the shopping plaza at the corner of Voyager Parkway and Middle Creek in the northernmost part of town, From the north exit I-25 at #156A, take Northgate Road east to Voyager Parkway, turn south; from the south exit I-25 at Interquest Parkway, turn north onto Voyager Parkway), +1 719 488-8893. M-F 6AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-6PM, Su 7AM-5PM.
  • Colorado City Creamery, Rockrimmon & Delmonico. Su 1PM- (other hours not known). Network is secured, information available inside for how to connect.
  • unwiredaccess.net [51]. Has many customers downtown. They charge a $6 one-time ("lifetime") fee for an account. Then you can use their wireless hotspots with no further charges (until they go out of business). (Their pricing is different depending on location - the PikesPerk Coffee House on North Academy still uses unwiredaccess.net but does not require a fee. It's assumed the coffee house is paying for the access).
  • Brew Me coffee lounge, 22 Monument St. between Tejon and Cascade. M-F 8AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-3PM. A tiny place, converted from a single-family dwelling, easy to miss, look for chiropractor signs. Limited seating, but one of the few free WiFi spots downtown. The WPA-PSK key is on a sign inside -- note that it is case-sensitive.
  • The towns of Monument or Palmer Lake, about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs, also have free wireless access.
  • Rico's Coffee & Wine Bar, 324 N. Tejon St. Free WiFi throughout the cafe with seating in the adjacent bookstore.

Get out

  • Pikes Peak/Manitou Springs You can drive up via Pikes Peak Highway ($10 per person) or take the Cog Railway up (reservations recommended, ~$30 per person). Feeling fit? Hike up Barr Trail to the summit, especially beautiful in the summer with all the wild flowers. Feeling really fit? Run up during the Pikes Peak Ascent or run up AND down in the Pikes Peak Marathon.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, a newly created National Park about 2 hours drive southwest of the city. Trek or slide around 750' sand dunes.
  • The Arkansas River has rafting, fishing, and the Royal Gorge, about an hour south of town
  • Ski, the closest resorts are Breckenridge and Monarch, each about a two hour drive.
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