NOTHING will work well, if at all, either downtown or anywhere else, until we get rid of TABOR. As long as it's in effect this city will be a dump and planning is just a dream state.
It seems the main reason for building all this stuff downtown is because the local in-crowd of big-money movers and shakers own the land down there, i.e., the Mayor's up to his eyeballs in crony capitalism for his GOP financiers.
Better to distribute these attractions around town to spread out the traffic hassles since there's no money for roads or transit thanks to TABOR. Let Gray LIne run tourist buses between the attractions like they do in "major" cities for the tourist trade.
The USAF has at least $100B in annual tax dollars and thus no shortage of money to rehab their existing stadium or build a new one - where it's currently located, not downtown. Stop pimping downtown.
Build mid-rise or taller residential towers downtown so people can finally have a walkable city instead of having to drive to everything. Downtown is parking constrained, you can't get near Jack Quinn's or other eateries and shopping without fighting the hassle of parking.
Build residential towers and put a major supermarket on the ground floor of one and you'll revitalize the downtown. If you want to see how it works, just take a junket to Crystal City, VA, right across the freeway from National Airport. I know, I lived there, worked there, used the subway stop in the basement and WALKED to everything.
"There's no doubt the Olympic Museum will be breathtaking. But what else will complete the surrounding area? " This article really misses the elephant in the room. The wonderful new museum's direct neighbor will be the eyesore Drake coal power plant. Maybe drawing more attention to this dinosaur will finally convince CSU to shut it down.
Lofty goals be damned -- I'd be happy if someone, anyone,, would just fix the streets so you could drive on them.
Recreational MJ not until Nov 2018??
Why would we want to send all that sales tax revenue to Manitou Springs??
What a mess. I don't think the Olympic Museum is a good idea and I am willing to wager it won't draw many visitors. I think this whole City of Chumps debacle should be scrapped and, in it's place, invite actual community dialogue. Personally, if we are stuck on building a museum, then we should start with a children's science museum, including the influence Tesla, who lived in COS and has an awesome history here. But that's just my opinion, among the other opinions of all the thousands of people who live in the area. Why has this project come in so fast? Routons' article highlights that all contingencies are planned for- when was the public ever even consulted? What a mess
Routon again proposes a STADIUM - this time to rebuild the aging AFA Falcon stadium downtown. What WONT the proponents of downtown revitalization think of next. Thankfully, as Routon says, this idea has no traction.
SW downtown's redevelopment, which has languished for 2 decades, has for many years had America the Beautiful Park and now will have the Olympic Museum as catalysts for redevelopment. And, as a URA. it is the recipient of City dollars. What is the reason that SW downtown is unable to fulfill its promise to provide infill housing and retail for COS?
What is so depressing about CS is not so much the Right Winger nuts here all over... because we expect them to do as they do. But it is the supposed opposition to them that is even worse dealing with since they're such milquetoast Right Centrist Democrats.
'You could feel the instant anticipation, almost palpable, after the results came in April 4 for the 2017 Colorado Springs city election.'
Jesus. The instant boredom of people like Routon, Weiss (Indy publisher), and Skorman is that there is actually no 'palpable' change ahead in anything here locally. These folk are also MIC lovers, too. Sick.
Nice wish list. All cost money.
Nothing about creating jobs and expanding revenues?
" - - -we could be looking at turnouts as low as 15 percent in District 4 and only in the 35 percent range for the other closely contested district races."
On the date Mr. Routon posted this article ( 6 days from the election) the overall rate of return of ballots (voter turnout) was at 18.47%.
What do you feel is the impact of negative advertising on local elections? A five minute grass roots survey. You can also check the current voter turnout for your city council district - Thank you.
"At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly."
High praise indeed. Is that the best defense you can muster for the Gazette?
"sounds like a personal thing?" Your hostility to the LGBTQ community is the "personal thing" in your post.
At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly. Funny that Ralphie has such an axe to grind with a newspaper he worked for for several decades...sounds like a personal thing?
Why in the hell are the Gazette and GOP crowd here so afraid of Mr. Skorman?
Really, what is the source of their snarling hatred of that guy?
So then the G is kind of like the 'Archie Bunker' of newspapers?
Thank you Ralph Routon and the Independent. I have been following a blog being written and posted online by John Schroyer (former Gazette reporter) with great interest. But not knowing his background or circumstances beyond the blog, I've been cautious about giving one hundred percent credence to what I read there. Your description of the Clearing the Haze series matches his. I'm now convinced that we who are deeply concerned about Phil Anschutz's Gazette are all on the same page - that our suspicions are based on provable fact. I'd like to encourage anyone who is interested in the journalistic integrity of the news we here in Colorado Springs are receiving, to check out Mr. Schroyrer's blog. It's called "Phil's Gazette".
You can find it here:
What's happening to our news in Colorado Springs is not just worrisome .... it's alarming.
The Gazette is only concerned with part of the community. 40.31%, to be precise. Thus the disinterest in accuracy and journalistic ethics. Those items are not valued by their readers.
Registered Voters in El Paso County as of 3/20/2017
Colorado Democratic Party 94,289 21.54% Major Party
Colorado Republican Party 176,476 40.31% Major Party
Unaffiliated 157,349 35.94%
Not that there's anything wrong about that...the First Amendment applies here. But for those looking for balance and accuracy...the Gazette is not going to be your source of news.
As for me, I just don't read it because it's a) not a reliable source, and b) it aggravates my chronic blood pressure issues.
Good one Ralph.
"Uncle Ralph" has had enough! And good on him!
It is indeed refreshing to find a male in the local 'caspar milquetoast community' of spineless weaklings who have something besides warm whipped cream stuffed down their nutsacks who will actually stand up and say something when it's obvious something needs to be said!
While everybody else is huddled up at the El Paso Club or Plaza of the Rockies.
Ralph and Pam: couple of jalapenos stuck in the middle of the bland vanilla pudding!
Couldn't have said it better myself!
The problem with our transportation infrastructure isn't lack of funding, it's that we spend the funds we already have in an extremely wasteful manner: adding more miles of pavement, or extra lanes to a busy road, intuitively makes sense as a way to reduce congestion and travel times, but in practice building more roadway always invites more traffic over time ("induced demand") and so we get a very temporary benefit at very high cost. If the goal is to improve network capacity and average speeds within and between cities, we should not be throwing money at one of the least efficient modes of intra-city transport available and should instead be investing heavily in commuter rail, buses, and infrastructure that invites walking and cycling (the exact opposite of what we have now, infrastructure which imposes extra burdens on anyone not traveling via automobile).
So you know she bought educational materials but that isn't good enough.
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