Fort Collins is like Boulder's little (or big?) sister. They are family and so they love each other, but their often amicable relationship can easily slip into one of animosity and competitiveness. I think they are both great cities—and in fact they've both been on those "best places to live" lists. Anyone who is thinking of visiting or moving to Boulder should also check out Fort Collins, and vice versa.
I went to my good friend Melisa's baby shower in Fort Collins this past weekend, and it reminded me how much I like FC. It started as an agricultural town, which apparently explains the (seriously) wide streets. I was told they had to be wide enough for a horse-drawn carriage to make a U-turn.
The downtown area is very different from Boulder's Pearl Street, which is just one long street. Fort Collin's downtown feels bigger to me because it's made up of several intersecting streets. It also looks more like a Midwestern town with its wide boulevards, large trees, and squat brick buildings.
I did actually take these pictures while driving through the downtown area. Courtney, of A Box of Paint, and I are planning to take a day trip there, so I'll write about it in more depth later.