by Kara Mason
When I am asked where I am from, I say “my hometown is Pueblo West”. Well, it’s actually a metropolitan district but that isn’t quite as catchy as “hometown.” To its residents, Pueblo West is more than just an urban development; it’s a thriving community that more closely resembles a small town.
Pueblo West was founded in the 1960s by McCulloch Properties, Inc., which, bought the land to create a subdivision of Pueblo. Situated near Lake Pueblo, it was designed to resemble Lake Havasu City, Arizona, which is also situated on a lake.
Jack Johnston District Manager says, “Pueblo West really reflects the individual’s desire, and that was its intention. In some areas we are more densely populated and in others people live on several-acre lots.” He also explains that because Pueblo West is a metropolitan district, the community does not have streetlights, sidewalks, or gutters. But the tradeoff is that there is no sales tax.
Johnston says that the growth of the community was driven both by individuals and business owners. Most people don’t think “business” when they think of Pueblo West, but it’s actually a large part of the community. Even though many major corporations like Wal-Mart, Safeway, McDonalds and AutoZone have established retain locations in Pueblo West, there is a sense of community when it comes to local business.
Several restaurants have called Pueblo West home for more than 20 years. And many construction companies and auto repair shops are also based there. Pueblo West could have easily just ended up as a housing development, but because so many business owners took advantage of the resources the district offered, it has grown to what it is today.
Johnston explains the more technical side of Pueblo West, but I just call it home. I have lived here most of my life and I can’t think of a better place to grow up. The community resembles a small town, as everything revolves around Pueblo West High School. Celebrating Cyclone pride is just a way of life in Pueblo West whether you’re eight, eighteen or eighty years old. But it also resembles the suburbs in the sense that there isn’t really a city center. Somehow, though, the mixture between the two is just perfect. It’s quiet, it seems like everybody knows everybody, and “town” is just a short drive away.
Pueblo West is very different from many communities in terms of both structure and in atmosphere. It’s not a town, it’s not a neighborhood. It’s a hybrid of small-town pride and urban development. My hometown is Pueblo West.