I'll cut to the chase. No, this development will not bring prosperity. Horizontal development never does b/c the math doesn't work. It relies on subsidies to survive over multiple life-cycles.
Here's what will happen:
Developers will pay to install all the first generation infrastructure.
The city will collect taxes for 25 years.
Those taxes won't come close to paying for the maintenance and replacement of all the infrastructure that was built in the first generation.
The city will borrow or (gasp) raise taxes to pay for the ongoing maintenance and/or replacement of all that infrastructure.
Colorado Springs already has a model of what works. It's downtown/the Westside/Manitou. It's dense, walkable, based around a grid, and is mixed use. It's adaptable and resilient. It's that way b/c it's based on the way we built places for thousands of years. Incrementally up and incrementally out. It builds individual and community wealth b/c it costs less to build initially and less to maintain over multiple life-cycles.
I think the CC Catalyst does a great job of being a newspaper catering to that university. I'd like to read a story about some normal people in COS- a pipe fitter- dry wall worker- maybe a CNA- Stein's columns are suffering from lack of scope. Sorry- can't really relate to this story- I would have loved to bike ride across the country after I paid for my own education but I had to get a job and live in the real world. This is becoming a column exemplifying white privileges
Pam Zubeck I think you're a hero of local reporting. My comment isn't so much directed into the look into MacDonalds tenure but rather your insistence in this article on the need to widen I-25.
Once again I Implore this city's leadership - please don't waste the time and our money on widening I-25. No offense meant- but you are all so old, and this is why you think a wider highway is a good idea. When you were young, cars were more a symbol of your freedom- you went out to the drag on Friday nights- went to the drive in movies and then pulled up to make-out mountain for your first kiss. We get it- but you need to get that a car is no longer a symbol of freedom. Our generations symbol of freedom is the wonderful Internet. We don't want to even drive- notice how when we drive we are actually looking at our high-data, web connected phones?
Our internet is so wonderful that soon we will have it driving our cars!!! We won't even have to do anything- and the incredible accuracy of the necessary systems to have a self-driving car has shown we won't need huge highways- self driving cars will wreck less- they won't get lost- no wrong turns, no incoherent speeds in the wrong lanes, etc.
And- also consider that we have awesome- high speed rails all around the world which connect metropolis' like the one we live in. We prefer those places and are actively moving to them. We like to sit on a train to get us to the city for work- during the ride we like to scan Twitter- then arriving at the train station we Uber a ride to work. This is how we do things. Soon the Ubers will drive themselves (it isn't just Sci-FI, it is predictable progress).
So Pam- you are my hero and I love your writing and I am so sorry I went so far off topic- but this widening of I-25 obsession is a trigger.
So once again- pleeeeease city of COS, the PPACG and all movers and shakers---
Please don't waste money on a project that superior technology has made obsolete decades ago. We are a different generation- you are leaving soon and we will be sad to see you go, so don't leave us an outdated infrastructure and tarnish our memory of you all-
Simply imagine for a moment a light rail of some fashion connecting the front range- knowing that you could reliably get to Denver in 45 minutes for work. How many people move to Denver for
Work because it is not practical to live in the Springs and make the drive! When I graduated from UCCS almost all my classmates had to move to Denver or other cities to find jobs in our field- they all would have stayed in the springs and worked in Denver if a light rail were in place.
I just drove I-25 today. A sign above the freeway exclaimed "485 traffic deaths this year". This absolutely has to stop. It is the responsibility of the PPACG and our area leadership to properly develop this place. I think they have been so far off the mark something must be seriously wrong, or corrupted, in these agencies.
It will be interesting since Norwood/Broadmoor has complete ownership of Colorado Springs including Mayor Traitor John Suthers and at least six on Council.
Good Work Pam!
This should be quite interesting! thanks for the update, Pam.
Best of luck, Mr. Trump.
I have a nightmare story. Rented a house and was stupid enough to add a roomate to the lease who then turned out to be a K and meth addict. who then got a restraining order on me before I was able to get one on him. First come first serve it seems. The police removed me from my home. I had ten minutes to get clothes and items. I paid the rent and utilities and after month of him being a nightmare roommate i was evicting him. He saw on my fb i was getting a restraining order and so he beat me to it. I was still paying rent and all utilities plus i had multiple businesses i worked from home with.
He ended up stealing everything i had. over $250,000 worth of merchandise.
Took me 3 months to get the restraining order on me removed. And now I have a permanent one on him.
But I lost everything I had in the process.
My day job , multiple businesses I started , over $250,000 in merchandise. My family heirlooms and pictures etc. Clothes you name it. I literally had to start life over and in debt for lawyers fees and having to pay bills for a house i was not allowed to live in. after its said and done I have no respect for the legal system and realize that nothing protects me from this person who continues to stalk me.
The system does not work. and anyone can get a protection / restraining order on another person.
Be careful who you rent a room too as they can take everything you own. And the police wont care.
fyi the weekend before they got a tro on me he did a false 911 call saying i was holding him hostage with guns and the police almost took him to jail for a false call. I did law enforcement for 3 years prior and at the time every fire arm i own was locked in a rv as i didnt trust my roomates around my firearms in the new house.
some ppl move in to just steal everything you have. be careful
What, no mention of the efforts to also build the Pikes Peak Observatory up there?
A lot of people are simply voting AGAINST a candidate, not FOR one. That is the only explanation why anyone would vote for people with such severe faults.
No, hipdude, I'm still working, still upright, still contributing something other than vitriol. This forum has been fully one sided for quite some time. I'm glad I can be entertaining. As one of my friends said, don't let the usual suspects bother you. I don't, and he also said keep posting. I will.
If nothing else, hippyhelper, you're true to form. I know change is difficult, but give it a try and contribute some solutions instead of middle-school pap.
Curious, I qualify as an entrepreneur, a small business owner, and a taxpayer. I let my objections to regulations be heard, I vote my conscience (and for the good of the country) and try to help folks help themselves. No free lunch (tanstafl, anyone). As far as government not creating jobs, I agree in part because legislated contractual improvements to our infrastructure creates jobs by the thousands, and when gov't is handcuffed or misguided by anti-tax policy that doesn't happen. Public/private partnerships in every sector of our society have worked for years and should be at work for us now but for TABOR.
You blame city officials for complicity with developers that short change the working public. We're in the midst of an important election cycle. Colorado Springs has the opportunity to make changes, but I don't see any coming on the near horizon. Apparently everyone is with satisfied with the status quo or apathetic because of the influence of money in politics. If the TaxedEnoughAlready folks are happy with the way things are things won't change, and the Republican control of the city gov't will remain unchallenged. If things aren't already far enough to the right for you, then run Joel Miller again. If that doesn't work you can't go much further right, so let the pendulum swing back toward the center, where most of us live. To support real change then vote money out of politics and corrupt politicians out of office.
Vietnamized: Ya got me! Auto-correct got the better of me. Well, actually Mr.K-- spotted the error, and you just regurgitated his comment.
Jealous of what? Is it the heroic way you are changing the world through your sheeple like ramblings on an internet forum? Maybe it's the way you face gender confusion head on with such courage? Maybe its that full head of hair and sparkling teeth, and the way they make you look so pretty?
My resume? Are you trying to hire me? If you need a home caregiver to change your bed pan, contact the V.A., I have all the work I can handle.
hippyhelper, you're jealous! Do you have a resume? I'd like to see it. After your use of antidote instead of anecdote I'd like to see your high school diploma, too.
Look - I was attacked by posters who doubted my military service, my work qualifications, my patriotism, even my gender. I defend myself when necessary. As far as the comb over, I still have all my hair and teeth.
You can sit in judgement of me if you choose, but I haven't seen anything real or substantive from you yet. Keep on attacking me. It makes no difference at all.
Ballot will be in the mail on Monday, Joel. And by your use of words I can see I did get under your skin. I answered your gender questions long ago - you chose to ignore.
Curious, thanks for clearing up Mr. Miller's record. Things were going like that long before Mr. Miller was old enough to vote, yet the city just seems to keep on keeping on. I have seen it go from 25,000 residents to who knows how many now, seen the city limits expand, seen businesses come and go, with big box stores running the little guy out of the market.
I've been self-employed for most of my adult life. I'm comfortable with what I've accomplished, but I still fall short of my own expectations, and strive to do better. I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on wages over the last 45 years, and even in the 70's was paying labor $10/hr when market was about $5, and minimum was less than that. That's helping others achieve the American dream - hardly self-aggrandizing and narcissistic. I suppose I could retire, make some popcorn and sit back and watch the show - but where's the fun in that? I guess I could just quit and play golf every day, too...my game would improve, but it would be totally self-serving. I choose to continue to try to make a difference, like Mr. Miller, but I do it differently.
Thanks for the edit, Mr. K...spelling and context are important!
Joel Miller did unexpectedly well in the mayoral race. He did especially well considering that City Leaders were vehemently opposed to him being elected mayor. And the Gazette, owned by billionaire Anschutz, also owner of multiple properties and business entities in COS, printed voluminous reams of copy expressing its opposition to him and his fiscally conservative ideas of govt. The reason for the venom and animosity is that Miller believes tax dollars should be used to pay for those legitimate govt functions such as public safety, roads, parks, wildfire and flood mitigation, storm water, utilities, and administrative departments to carry out these tasks and not for economic development and job creation. The only jobs govt can create are in the public sector, jobs paid for from taxes collected from employees and employers in the private sector. But govt can assist the private sector in job creation by reducing the burden of taxes, fees, licenses, and overkill regulations. Making the economic climate attractive for entrepreneurs and businesses will result in jobs for the un- and underemployed.
As evidence of fiscally irresponsible ideas, our City Leaders believe in helping developers build more housing for the affluent and more shopping centers filled with national chain restaurant and retail stores. Our City Leaders believe in giving developers our tax dollars to pay for infrastructure and other amenities to revamp "blighted" neighborhoods, with the result that risk is transferred to the citizens and profits to the developers. Our City Leaders believe that building a downtown stadium using tax dollars without the consent of the citizens will revitalize the area. To achieve this objective, our City Leaders intend to divert sales tax dollars from roads and other govt functions in order to construct a concrete blob next door to the Olympic Museum because a stadium is what a major landowner/developer wants so that all those properties he owns in the area will go up in value and so that he, now just a common ordinary millionaire, can realize his goal of becoming a billionaire.
The word you are reaching for, hippyhelper, is "anecdote," not "antidote."
Vietnamized: My position is that you are engaging in insidious innuendo without much in the way of facts to back it up. Thanks for helping shore that up for me.
Your arguments with their overly abundant use of "I" statements and personal antidotes in place of verifiable facts contain an assortment of logical fallacies that any high school student should be able to spot as indicative of a weak argument.
Your entire rhetorical style is a spot on impression of Donald Trump. Are you rocking a spray tan and comb-over as well?
You are endlessly entertaining though.
Once again. Mr/Mrs Vietnam (No Gender snark intended--just unsure of who you are): Absolutely got my butt kicked. I accepted no corporate donations and $14,000 will not overcome $500,000. Proud of my campaign and 3rd place finish with 16% of the votes and the issues that were part of the campaign because of me. Despite the hate messages from detractors, I never once considered any of those I would serve as either deplorable or irredeamable but repeatedly re-affirmed my commitment to serve all citizens.
It's obvious your disdain runs deep and your insults from behind your anonymity are intended to strike a nerve, so I won't indulge your hope for a bite. I simply say that the record will clearly demonstrate the enormous efforts I made to change the Status quo. The record will also clearly show that despite being the only councilmember with a full time job in the private sector with a young family to raise, I nevertheless worked 60 hours per week on council duties and informing my constituents of what was happening inside their city and maintained the best attendance record of any other councilmember. But facts will certainly not be an antidote to the accumulated bile that guides you. As to Hillary Clinton, her private sector job ended with her being precluded from practicing law and her record in the Senate where she served on the majority includes bills she sponsored involving naming post offices and highways and designating historic sites. Her votes supported the invasion of Iraq, the failed stimulus and the bank bailout.
I'll end this little chat here. Don't forget to mail your ballot.
Actually, hippy helper, I was trying to shore up your position. As for self-aggrandizing and narcissistic, I was clarifying who I am and what my experience level is. How about you?
Joel, is that gender snark all you've got? No wonder you got your butt kicked in the mayoral election. Loud and clear, the people's voice was heard! Your views and support of Trump indicate (at least to me) that you are not satisfied with the way things are, but your experience as an elected official produced what changes for the better. I'm unfamiliar with your record - please enlighten me. To take a page from Trump's playbook, how come you didn't get things changed while you were in office? Did the big, bad good ol' boys network shut you down? Or did your ideas get rejected by your constituents?
Vietnamized: It would have been simpler to just admit you were just piling on baseless b.s..
Your self-aggrandizing, narcissistic posts are always a source of endless entertainment though. Thanks for the chuckles. Keep the faith, you really are one of the "true believers " . Oh.... by they way, only dorks listened to disco in the 80's.....
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