At Old Town Square, diners enjoy Fort Collins' temperate summer.
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One of the first things you notice about this Rocky Mountain city is that practically every new road has a bike lane. Even the wheelless can get in on the action now that Fort Collins has a bike library: Residents and visitors can check out a bicycle for up to seven days, free.
The city's Old Town historic district contains four microbreweries and more than two dozen restaurants. Bioscience and tech companies, including Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Kodak, keep employment opportunities high. Colorado State University occupies a scenic spot in the middle of town. And the city just received a grant from the Department of Energy to start a solar-energy project downtown.
As for health care, the award-winning Poudre Valley Health System will soon be home to a brand-new cancer center. While the excellent schools have been overcrowded in recent years, officials have taken steps by moving some grades to different buildings.
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