old fart repubicans around here are only against it because it is a progressive idea. lower carbon footprint and healthier food is good for everyone... even grumpy old farts.
To supplement this article, I'd like to refer another article. http://modernliberals.com/organic-food-ind…
Some college students get a free year or so to live on an acre of land in the city, going into (poor peoples?) homes and teaching them how to cook, all the while growing food in a "5,000 square foot", year round structure-
Dirt and water grow seeds. I'm awful glad this sort of thing is happening but it does sort of seem like the "Pinnacle of White Privilege".
To be productive rather than just cynical- I'd encourage these grant writer's and what not to embrace the existing markets. I know this area is a supposed 'food-desert', but I believe that if the full power of white-privilege (or even just market demand) came down on some of the local mini-grocery owners to carry such and such organic food product, they would respond to the customer base.
I used to live near this area and I asked the convenient store on Platte and Prospect to carry more onions and potatoes, as I was always running down to pick them up. They did so with a smile. These are the folks that also run the liquor store in the same lot.
Sometimes the answer is more simple than we want it to be. I love that we dedicated an acre to gardening a great slice of land in town, and we will use it to teach people about food. I'd like to see the honest working grocers in town given an opportunity to respond to such a need.
Food rots, cooling systems are needed to keep produce fresh. Local grocers have such systems. Let's try to incorporate them as well, instead of trying to totally reinvent the wheel.
At a time when traffic and parking is a huge issue for Ruxton Canyon, it is highly unlikely that Manitou would approve a Conditional Use permit to Colorado Springs for paid parking. That lot is also accessed through the Cog parking lot, so there is a logistical access problem.
Please pick up a paper copy of the Indy for a great sidebar on the Colo Spgs Utilities Ruxton hydro Plant parking lot that the City is "selling" to the COG Broadmoor.
Great story! As a former board member of the Palmer Land Trust, I was under the impression that the Shamrock Ranch was secured by a conservation easement. I even attended the owner's book signing. He produced a large glossy coffee table book on the subject and was lauded for taking care of this beautiful and historic ranch. Here is proof again that nothing can truly protect the land except keeping it in public hands. I am sorry to see Palmer playing along to the extent they are.
As for the swap it hasn't gone through! But conservation easements don't sound as ironclad as the proponents have touted. What can be believed about what supporters have said? All I've seen is "public process" in name only. Diversions, untruths and vague statements are what we have heard. Anything that is promised or planned should be legally signed with EVERY detail spelled out BEFORE moving forward with any considerations, not after. Otherwise it's a blank slate. Better yet, Dear Councilmembers, please just vote NO on this preposterous proposal and protect the public interest and protect ALL of North Cheyenne Canon Park (Strawberry) and ALL of our public parks---which will be at risk if you set a precedent by voting yes.
If we want to enable fresher, localized food systems where people know their farmers, we must enable urban farmers to grow in cities. This is another interesting article for those interested in zoning laws for urban farms: http://blog.brightagrotech.com/navigating-zoning-regulations-for-urban-farms
Good reporting on a topic in the limelight.
Thanks for finding more information and sharing with the public about some of the ins and outs of the easements! If we, the public, had known that our public lands would be for sale to private for profit businesses like the BroAdmoor then the public may have approached the Palmer Land Trust to conserve all of North Cheyenne Canon, which includes Strawberry fields! The problem is North Cheyenne Canon is to be held by the people/public/citizens of Colorado Springs in perpetuity, since 1885 into forever (so why would there need to be a conservation easement?!) North Cheyenne Canon, Strawberry fields, was acquired by citizen's vote and should be voted on by the citizens to swap/give/trade/exhange/sell!
The location of the easements was changed in 2006 as a part of a development proposal by Morley-Howard Investments, which purchased the property for residential subdivision," That is a truly disgusting scenario but sadly, all too common. I can't believe that even with no detailed plans for a "building envelope" in a meadow on historic parkland, no specific answers or plans on burying utilities and who would bear the cost of doing so, no transparency on appraisals (no access to those work files even for council) and 4 denied CORA requests about this exchange that the matter of Strawberry Fields is even up for debate. Sad commentary on our city.
Pam, although I truly appreciate your hard work and dedication to this series of reporting, the title and the statement, "As much as it possibly can, that is. The easement will be imposed by its owner — eventually The Broadmoor — in cooperation with Palmer Land Trust, a nonprofit agency that's not subject to government disclosure laws, so there's no mandate for public oversight." imply that this is a "done deal"! It is not! Those of us in complete opposition to this "land grab" vow to fight on!
"The 2,500-acre Shamrock Ranch in the Black Forest area was believed to be under a conservation easement"...The same will happen with Strawberry. Pass the deed, change the zone, that's all folks.
I'm all for making this city safer for pedestrians and cyclists, but I am afraid that this change will mean more traffic for smaller streets like El Paso. Please also consider what these changes mean for streets like that!
It's interesting how these comments are so one sided; Gordon is more conservative than Gardner (Bob); yes these facts are undeniable; Gordon was and is a former 20 year veteran and former Air Force Academy graduate, and former Navy Chaplain; yes he did pray a prayer "In Jesus Name" and got into hot water for that! Yes, he votes with conservatives 88% of the time; Gardner his opponent (who calls himself conservative but is not) votes with conservative 54% (just over one half ) of the time. That does not seem very conservative to me. Lets say I come home to my spouse 54% of the time. Bob G gets two F's the last 2 years on the conservative scorecard; Gordon gets a A-or 88% of the time he voted conservative!; I dont care much about what a politician says, just how do THEY VOTE... Vote for Gordon Klingenschmitt
Gordon K is a great representative; HE IS A RETIRED NAVY CHAPLAIN; FORMER AIR FORCE ADADEMY GRADUATE; VOTED 88% OF THE TIME with conservatives; while Bob voted only 54% of the time with the conservatives (and Bob G voted for OBAMAcare; making it a law. Yes, Bob has tried to cover it up). Gordon has been voted the most conservative representative in the EL PASO county by the conservative scorecard. #1. Yes, he is guilty of being too conservative! I will also say I am ultra conservative; worked for Abe Lincoln and it will work for Gordon
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Police Chief Marc Vasquez says "there is no blanket explanation[for increased police action with minorities in respect to marijuana related criminal offenses]"
lets just stop the friggin nonsense and elect Bernie Sanders, please!
In Denver when you can't pay a traffic fine, you have the option of going to jail while they claim not to run debtors' prisons or else work scrubbing toilets, mopping and vacuuming floors and cleaning drinking fountains in the city and county building to work off the fine at a rate of $10 per hour. It wasn't too much fun, but I am a poor person and not too proud to do it.
Thanks Pam for your comprehensive, investigative stories on this land swap which obviously is a backroom deal. We would be very disadvantaged without your reporting. As for Les W. Gruen, he served on the City Planning Commission for years - and he does know that the development process does require a plat and city zoning approval of the proposed building site before a building permit is issued (even for a deck!). His comment made me wonder if the Broadmoor aims to circumvent that process too - just like they routed around City Planning Commission to the Parks Board. Pam, so glad you don't write for GT controlled by Anschutz or we'd never be informed about our community.
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