Now that COS has the state's $120M, which will pay less than 20% of the cost of building C4C, city promoters are off to the races. They see prosperity just around the corner. They see a chicken in every pot. But are they counting their chickens before the eggs have hatched? There are numerous examples of cities tying their future prosperity to the dubious prospects of building stadiums. In the decision making process, it is advisable to look at the results obtained by other cities who built stadiums. if-you-build-it-they-might-not-come-the-risky-economics-of-sports-stadiums This article contains a host of ominous portents for COS to consider, including: "It's not generating new revenue..." While there are dissimilarities between 'them' and 'us', the similarities need to be closely examined and heeded. "Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them" (Santayana).
What happened to the old FREX buses? I know they sold some of them when they scaled back the service - but...
4 round trips a day... does that mean weekends too? Because they could get soo many riders on sat and sun..
There will be no tax increase. We will simply take some of the money out of the huge budget for street maintenance. The upside is a shiny new stadium. The downside is you have to have a tractor to get there through the potholes and weeds.
To be clear, Mayor Bach has specifically said he does not support a tax increase to fund City for Champions. He also has said the Springs Capital Improvement Program bonds are to be paid off in a few years. These are being paid off without a tax increase, and new bonds could be issued and repaid from general fund revenues that already exist without a tax increase. Just FYI.
It's surprising that El Pomar intends to donate generously to C4C when 15 years ago they gave $29M - their largest donation to date - to help build the World Arena, a facility that has failed to make COS a major player in the sports world or provide the expected economic renaissance. The reasons for building the WA were the same (minus the Olympics emphasis) as for building the C4C stadium. Building a stadium/arena didn't work 15 years ago, nor will it now. Also, C4C will prove to be a disappointment as a tool to attract companies and businesses and increase traffic at our airport, which is what COS needs for economic recovery. Supposedly C4C is designed to attract tourists, but is this likely to happen? Tourists may drop by the Olympic museum during the 1 year in 4 that the Olympic Games are generating excitement, but will tourists book a flight to COS during the off years? We need realistic data re WHO and HOW MANY will be patronizing the stadium and museum.
Once upon a distant time, back in the 60s, building stadiums was thought by city leaders to be THE answer to keep their city from dying, but economic growth via Stadiums and Convention Centers and Mega Hotels have been proven over the past 50 years to be a loser for the citizens who are stuck paying off the loans and having to write off the loss when the entity goes bust.
In 2004 John Hazelhurst wrote an informative history of the World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center which shows the financial perils of building BIG projects that don't live up to their intended goals. http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/worl… This article highlights the familiar consequences of Thinking Big. Revenue at PPC was insufficient to pay for maintenance which was deferred until it could be deferred no longer, which compelled its owner - El Paso County - to transfer this costly bauble to WA, thus ridding the county of its expensive albatross. The C4C stadium etal will require major maintenance during the 30-year span of the bond loans. It is not unlikely that the stadium/museum etal will become expensive albatrosses. This likelihood is something for the proponents and the citizens to consider BEFORE commiting ourselves to $350M of new debt.
Perhaps this will give the mayor some incentive to solve the $270 million PERA issue resulting from the Memorial lease agreement.
we live in teabaggerville... who in their right mind think these baggers are going to vote for an increase in taxes... or any increase??? it is hard to tell from the article at what point the public gets a say in this... before or after mayor botch's buddies get rich, and we are on the hook for the rest??
the beginning of the end.......im calling the ball, in 10 yrs the area where they wanna build bach's Barbie dream house will be vacant and trash infested, the Olympic people will be gone having moving to some other town or city that gives them even more money (they have NO loyalty) but that's ok me and mine will gone long before then. also there is NO WAY IN HELL i will vote to give this idiot even more money to screw up with.....look at our streets, look at our police force, no helicopter STILL no enforcement of basic laws this place is gonna be Detroit VERY SOON.......
If measures to fund C4C makes it to a ballot to be approved by voters, are you inclined to vote to fund City for Champions? A one question quick poll. Thank you.
Dobson's book, reincarnated as the USAF Academy training philosophy, appears to be another genesis of the "leader principle" techniques that were popularized in Germany three quarters of a century ago. As such, it needs to be rejected as ultimately unworkable in this society. Why is the present dominionist author working where he has any impact on training our young people who will work for us? We should be training young officers to respect our constitutional foundations, and not respond through fear of authority, providing the lame excuse, "I was just following orders". A critical underlying question is how such a person as Rosebush could get employment where he can impact the minds our young people?
Water respects no boundaries. It will just flow along the path of least resistance. Mayor Bach, have you ever seen a mass wasting incident? Do you know the destructive force that is coming for the next 10 years due to fire loss? Even small thunderstorms are magnified to devastating effect. Our county needs a comprehensive approach with low impact development in the riparian habitat. Listen to your water engineers, and plan for the long haul.
Online statements by the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Psychoanalytic Association all agree that corporal punishment of children is not only counterproductive but is likely to be abused in its dispensation and achieves only short-term behavioral changes at the risk of long-term behavioral problems. In short, it, just like so-called 'reparative therapy' for homosexuality, also endorsed & promoted by Rosebush, demonstrate him to be a creature of ideology (specifically James Dobsons' right-wing Domionist Christianity) and not a thinking scientist concerned with identifying and applying best principles (as if his manipulation of a plagiarized Dobson quote doesn't raise enough suspicions). The real question this raises is why was this person employed by the AFA and why is he still?
Good grief, those USAF "manuals" are utter trash and so is Dobson's book. If this is what passes for USAF training we are in deep trouble.
Masquerading as evangelicals, Dobson and his followers are nothing but goons.
Gappmayer did it with smoke and mirrors and he left as it was catching up with him.
Sounds like $17 million annually was a bit too generous. They should return the unused funds so that it can go towards some other unmet need.
What about the use of weed for addiction issues with opiates and alcohol?
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The FAC rivals any museum I've seen in my native L.A., San Francisco, Long Beach, Denver, you name it. We have such an amazing cultural treasure here, and i hope the art community truly recognizes and appreciates that. With exhibits like Floyd Tunson's, the Sideshow of the Absurd, and their exquisite permanent collection, they've set themselves up as a world class art institution- not to mention the work Bemis does in the community, with students and with at-risk youth. I have no doubt the FAC will continue to thrive and be a beacon here in COS. I love the little art community we have here- there's some fun art/artists and i usually attend first fridays, take a piece home here and there- but when i want to be Nourished, I go to the Fine Art Center.
do they imagine using locally produced cannabis sans FDA go-ahead for investigation? if so, that's cool--I just wish it were explicit. BTW CA put up 8.7 mill for cannabis research, so it isn't a first
Thanks, Edie, for another thoughtful analysis of the Fine Arts Center.
I've been in town for nearly 25 years, and I've never seen the FAC poised for greater things than it is at this moment. Seriously. From the talent of our directors at the school, theater, box office and galleries to the board and community buy-in, we have tons of reasons to be optimistic.
Our "Wizard of Oz" musical, which opens tonight, should serve as tangible evidence of what we can be at our best. Expect magic, wonder and flying monkeys. Winter classes at Bemis show us at our most immersive and experiential, with an amazing team of instructors, including a Sundance Film Festival winner. Upcoming art shows in our galleries featuring American Folk Art, Dale Chihuly, John James Audubon and other national and regional greats will knock your socks off. And, starting in January, we'll be reviving a number of popular special events, such as First Thursday Wine Tastings, and creating new ones.
We've also expanded our concert season, with upcoming shows that include Haunted Windchimes, Blue Sky Riders and Colin Quinn.
The opportunities to engage with the community on ever more fun and deeper levels certainly spark my imagination, and we hope to do a better job of making everybody feel that not only are they welcome here, but we want their input on how we can best reinvent the FAC.
All that said, we face some significant challenges, many of them financial. As our new Acting Director Dr. Jim Raughton pointed out, donations and membership levels certainly can be described as robust. At the same time, we are just bouncing back from shortfalls that required belt-tightening measures. Even as we reach a more sustainable, balanced budget, our ambitions for ever-more dynamic programming and engagement are dependent upon support from friends of the FAC. That’s why we remain so thankful for our donors and members, and must work hard to earn the support of even more of them by being the most vibrant and significant arts depot in the region.
We are now entering a new transitional phase. The search for a CEO can be an enormous task, and one we take very seriously. But we are not slowing down, and our fingers have never been further from the pause button.
Lastly, about the balloon thing: It was merely a little Wizard of Oz children's festival, which featured cider and cookies, chalk art and a unique way to introduce our Oz characters to kids. Most of the kids and families enjoyed themselves, stayed to have photos taken with the characters and left completely unaware of the small mishap that left minor damage to the balloon and major damage to my arm. The show, however, will be something theatergoers won't forget. Wait till you see the glow of the Yellow Brick Road.
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