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.
Way to go, Peety!
Lovely, more dirty politics and wasteful spending. Unfortunately, it's what the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County Government has become so well known for. They are all just a bunch of dirty rotten scoundrels.
What about community service as a substitute for a fine or jail time? A lot of litter might get picked up.
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It is very encouraging that so much effort is being put into finding ways to interact with youth rather than isolate them. There is no one "right" way to interact with youth. However, putting youth in conditions of complete social isolation is unlikely affect their lives for the better.
One of my favorite West Wing episodes involves the wholehearted and sincere efforts of the character "C.J." to interact with a young man, "Anthony." The character of "Anthony" is completely at loose ends. He is a very good kid with a great heart who is rapidly heading down a road to some real trouble. "C.J." is understandably very concerned and empathizes with his situation and wants to spend time to help him.
Her efforts to tolerantly and patiently understand him and help him turn his life around are completely ineffective. She is very humane, has a great heart, and is making no head-way. The episode continues with the character of "Charlie" basically telling "Anthony" that his life is going down a really bad road and he's way out of line. Then "Charlie" basically says he is now willing to spend many hours of time he really doesn't have in order to support "Anthony" in turning his situation around. "Anthony" takes him up on this, and things improve.
As a person who is naturally a lot more like "C.J." in this kind of situation, I think it is worth pointing out that this approach did absolutely nothing to positively impact "Anthony's" life. In other cases, though, it might have worked wonderfully. The point is that everyone is different.
Having a humane perspective towards life doesn't mean that we all need to act in the same ways. It means that we need to recognize the humanity in our fellow human beings and try to help them as best we can. Neither "C.J." nor "Charlie" advocated locking "Anthony" in a closet and hoping for the best. That is not a humane solution.
Sometimes we need to try lots of different things to try to help people. If we are not succeeding we need to recognize this and let others try as well. We need to see the inherent dignity and worth of every single person. No one is a lost cause. No one grows from being locked in a closet. If something is not working, we should try something else.
A gentle attitude towards life does not mean that there is one way of doing things. It means that we see in each person the same wonderful humanness that we see in ourselves. It means that we truly want the best possible future for every single person. We want everyone to be all that they are capable of, feel cared about and be happy. We want everyone to be able to contribute something to the world. What this gentle attitude towards life looks like for each of us will be different, based on our own personalities. None is right or wrong as long as our way of being leads to healing, growth, and happiness for others, and doesn't tear people down and make them feel miserable.
Locking people in small spaces and hoping for the best is not a constructive way of relating to life. No one is to blame for this practice, as it has been going on for a long time likely without a great deal of discussion or opportunity for change. But it is good we are now thinking about.
Socially isolating people is a way of giving up on people for sometimes prolonged periods of time. It is not a gentle attitude towards life. This is why I am very glad that things are changing so that every person has the opportunity to live, and grow, and be happy.
....And to add to this slime.....all of this dancing .... all of this weaseling is to benefit the 43rd richest American Philip Anschultz listed in Forbes at $10.9Billion. Isn't it incredible all of these city employees, Mayors and State Senator are at the bidding of a greedy billionaire. What is it the top one-ten -thousandth of the top one percent. The city and it's employees now have to hide the facts....... all for a billionaires bidding! SHAME ON YOU!
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A bill to legalize rain barrels will be voted on in this legislative session and is expected to pass. But as the water collected can only be used outdoors for gardens and lawns, utility hookup will be needed. As for solar - why not try it and see if it meets the need. I agree that Jenkins is not going to donate one of his properties. But maybe after Drake is decommissioned, the empty city-owned land can be utilized for homes for the homeless.
Many of the street people have a job. It's called panhandling. It's not particularly respectable, but, hey, it pays the pot bills. Copying Albuquerque by putting our able-bodied panhandlers to work picking up trash in and around Monument Creek is an idea I fully support.
Anyway, a tiny house community for anyone who cannot afford apartment rent would be a good thing. And it might be the incentive the street people need to change their lives - meaning get a job and become self-supporting.
if they wanted to work they would have jobs, you don't understand these people do this by choice
Curious First off yes it would be great to have a place for them to call home. But there has to be a realistic plan. Jenkins giving up land that is not gonna happen, solar will pay for itself after the fact and rain barrels are illegal for a lawn let alone the water needed to sustain even a 1 bath cabin. Putting up camps for the poor is nothing new there was a poor farm in Freemont County when I was a child or so thats what my parents pointed out back then. I bet the ACLU would have a major fit these days. This story is addressing mainly panhandlers and I for one think it could work if and only if you can keep the politics out of it. But that ant gonna happen. Im curious to see how it works out in N.M.
$13.8M would buy a lot of Arched Cabins and utility hookups or solar panels and rain barrels. And maybe Jenkins would donate one of his 19 properties not TOO near the proposed City for Champions stadium to put them on. And the homeless have talents which can be put to use laying foundations and getting these Arched Cabins off the delivery trucks and onto their concrete pads. And other homeless have green thumbs and can plant trees and flowers around the cabins and picnic tables and community clubhouse. Their hours of labor - sweat equity - would be applied toward the purchase price of their Arched Cabin. The homeless would thereby become home owners.
Curious Thats a great idea but where ya gonna put them? Utilities would have to be hooked up and permanent land bought. After the fiasco with the Motel/ apartments on Platte makes ya wonder about giving them away. Paying rent would be great and help them in wanting to keep it up. But they have to have a way to make some bucks without panhandling so here we have it donations and maybe a grant would pay for it the non profit could oversee it streets are cleaned and mowed panhandlers are fewer and rents getting paid. Sounds great but would it work?
From the article: First, SRM has "a $13.8 million expansion in the works, which will offer 150 year-round shelter beds, a welcome center, a bigger kitchen and dining area, a day center and other amenities." And second, "one of the top remarks from SRM's homeless clients was that they needed a permanent place to call home."
Tiny houses are an affordable option. $3600 will buy a 12 x 20 steel-sheathed Arched Cabin. They can be constructed in one day. A cluster of these cabins would make a very attractive community setting. See pictures and details at http://tinyhouseblog.com/pre-fab/arched-ca…
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