In 1990, Colorado was a state of about 3.3 million (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). By 2000, Colorado's population had grown to 4,301,261 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). Colorado's new residents spurred development in areas once sparsely inhabited. The population of Superior in Boulder County, for instance, shot from 351 to 9,011 residents over the 10-year period (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001a; 2003). Land throughout the state, and especially on the Front Range In 2000, Janna Six and Ramon Ajero reported that the land encompassed by the Denver Metropolitan area is growing four times faster than its population growth rate
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[...] In an appearance on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation on October author James Galvin describes Colorado's explosive growth by typifying the land as “visually beautiful” and Coloradans as “willing to sell it for its beauty, not for its productivity.” The above examples invoked images of Colorado itself, but community typifications do not always directly involve the community of the speaker. Almost as often, the speaker typifies another community and thereby defines his or her own community in opposition to it (Bridger p. [...]
[...] The use of these two ideographs indicates of a political ideology which, when confronted with the question of growth and sprawl, is concerned with two matters: first, the welfare of the environment, and second, providing for the economic rights of all persons and corporations in Colorado. This ideology is shared by Governor Owens, as demonstrated by his continual tendency to pair (or balance) the language of natural protection with that of economic freedom. Among texts already analyzed, this is epitomized by the governor's quote on the Governor's Office of Policy and Initiatives website, which uses the ideographs Natural Beauty and Pursuit of Dreams (2003b, para. [...]
[...] Once a clear picture of Colorado ideology is established, the project of determining how Colorado growth rhetoric is constituted and influences the political growth debate will be almost complete. Ideology is a system of “symbols, words,” ideographs, “narratives, and recurrent argument patterns that are constituted and reconstituted through a variety of discursive and symbolic practices” (Jasinski p. 313). Ideologies are often signaled by the presence of ideographs, which are term sums of an orientation” that “signify and ‘contain' a unique ideological commitment” (McGee p. [...]
[...] The amount of land that growth has consumed and the rate of its consumption alarm some Coloradans; feeling the natural beauty they value so highly is under threat, they have complained given rise to the modern growth debate in Colorado. The debate over the fate of Colorado lands, to which I will now turn, reveals that the roots of their concern and of those who oppose them lie in Colorado's unique conception of itself. In “Community Imagery,” Jeffrey Bridger examines how community members use “community typifications” to distinguish and delineate their community from others. [...]
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