They should have made a "Thruway Highway" road out east 20 years ago, like they have back in NY and in Eastern states. That way trucks and cars that don't need to go thru the cities can bypass them to get thru the state quicker and safer for the population. We didn't get trucks dumping hazardous materials on the highways in the cities and less car congestion on the city highways.
The problem with a rail system between Colorado Springs and Denver is summed up in one simple dilemma "Once I get to Colorado Springs or Denver, how do I get to my final destination?" If the lightrail, bullet train, what have you dumps you off at a station, you still have to get from that station to where you want to be. Europe (lived there for over a decade) has this taken care of by excellent intra-city mass transit. The US, not so much. Personal autos are very much a privilege and definitely not a necessity in Europe.
There is no indication that adding more traffic lanes to the Interstate is anything but a short-term solution. Look at LA or the area around D.C. LA is bumper to bumper at sunrise. The country needs to look at rail systems.
Also not sure it is ever a good idea to reclassify funds designated for a particular purpose just for a quick fix for something else. That's how Social Security ran into difficulty -- politicians dipping into an available trough. If a fund is no longer needed, bring the pressure of the opinion column to bear on getting rid of it, not on using it as an alternate funding source.
I agree that I-25 is a mess, however I don't think the best answer is to widen the lanes.
We need some form of light-rail connecting the front-range. Denver has a good enough transportation itself to not need a car once there.
How many deaths result from driving accidents every year? Think of how many times we've been lucky enough to sit in traffic, and not be in the crash that caused it.
I don't understand why we're focusing so much energy into projects that take money away from the city. We need a light-rail for the front range, for our little city we need to restore the streetcar.
"But term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, showing more allegiance to the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity than his own constituents, used his influence to prevent the bill from reaching the Senate floor."
Bullmanure. Stick to something you're good at, Ralphie, like overeating at stadiums. Doing the Koch thing just shows your intellectual bankruptcy and lack of real argument.
The bill died because it was an end-run around TABOR, and you know it.
As for I-25, the reason it hasn't been widened is due to CDOT's incompetence as much as Denver-based politics. In a better world, it would have been done two decades ago. Both the lanes and bridges in that stretch need improvement, but I-25 also needs widening from Circle Drive to US85 in Fountain as well.
Ralph is right about these "best places" lists, they are based on iffy criteria and usually with no real research to support them. Those looking for a best place are better off going to Sperling's Best Places, look at multiple criteria that have valid meaning to the user and select a city according to their own needs and wants.
I agree with your observation that COS is not #1 in the tiny home movement. It is not. In fact, there is no legal place within COS that one can place a tiny home. Most tiny homes are actually RVs and not permanent homes. That means you can stay on a property for 30 days only and then you must move it. Or stay in a RV park. Not much of an affordable housing solution. Just another RV that looks like a tiny home.
If you want to talk about bringing affordable housing to COS (and not $1,200 per month rents in downtown high rise bldgs.) then start with the basics why there is no infill affordable housing in downtown, Hillside and Westside. Planning fees, utility tap fees, building permit fees, planning restrictions, etc. is a good starting point. But then again, small developers that can produce infill affordable housing have no clout with city leaders or planners. Ask why a tap fee for a 800 SF house in the Hillside neighborhood costs as much as the tap fees for a 5,000 SF house in the Broadmoor area of the city. Makes no sense.
We were in on the Gazette concept as a stakeholder but declined the Payne Chapel opportunity. We would be back in for the City Auditorium.
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Primaries and caucuses are the candidate selection processes of the respective political parties. Those parties are private entities, not government agencies and should, therefore, be the full responsibility of the parties, not the taxpayers -- full responsibility meaning both financial and administrative. Open primaries, primaries versus caucuses, and "top-two" primaries all address a problem that is not a problem for the state to resolve. For one thing, there are political parties other than the two major parties. Also, there are independent candidates with no party affiliation. Given those potential alternatives plus the liklihood that many eligible voters find no candidate in a given election cycle will represent their concerns and interests, it is little more than hubris -- as well as demonstrably ignorant -- to accuse those prospective voters of "apathy" if they don't choose to participate in either the Democratic or Republican party candidate selection processes.
Very disappointed in Cruz's endorsement of Darryl Glenn. Mr Glenn is all talk and no results to back his rhetoric up. Combined with a reluctance to respond to constituents emails, phone calls, letters, etc., which approaches Doug Lamborn-like levels of evasiveness, I cannot see how anyone who wants a results-oriented, truthful, representative of this State can cast a vote for Glenn.
Open primaries would be a step in the right direction, but a "top two" primary would be problematic. Anytime there are more than two candidates a single vote to single candidate process cannot be guaranteed to accurately reflect the will of the electorate. While no voting system is perfect, a ranking system alleviates many deficiencies in such cases. See the Scientific American article "Ranking Candidates Is More Accurate Than Voting" by Dasgupta and Maskin. One of its first examples is from the results of a similarly styled "top two" contest in the 2002 French presidential election.
I would love to see the primary process completely remove itself from the party affiliation requirement, as in that all potential candidates for a post would be on the same ballot. To me, the current primary voting system lifts up political parties as gatekeepers to the political process instead of leveling them as the (useful) outside agitators and organizers that they are.
I'm glad that this was put in the Indy!
I have not been to the North Market in Columbus- I have been to the Flea Market on Admiral St. in Tulsa- http://admiralfleamarket.com/ .
It's hard to recreate these things. I'd say start by having a flea market in America the Beautiful park or somewhere similar (Memorial Park, or even the dreaded parking lots and buildings off Colorado and 31st?? Invite vendors of all hues. Local buildings like the city auditorium can participate as well and in their own way. Let all the food trucks operate, geographically stretch booths of the event along the park as far as possible- etc. The same day, or maybe two days, every week. Eventually incorporate music and beer and whammy, you got a party.
Didn't Ken Salazar bend the rules in order to allow his "friends" to buy wild horses from BLM and slaughter them?
That doesn't sound like someone we need holding political office.
You began one paragraph with "what's not to like about Salazar" but failed to answer. As Senator, Ken Salazar was a pro-military, anti-environment shill. He left the cabinet disgraced by the BP Gulf disasterl. That.
Not just POT ads, we have actual Pot! The ads are just indicative of how vital having Pot is to our floundering economy. Something had to replace all the empty commercial space we have in this town. The MMJ industry is the only real growth industry in this town.
does the Springs have more news, or just mroe POT ads?
What an awesome tribute Ralph! Best of luck to John and Carrie too!
dp72. You could be no more spot on! I witnessed myself what you have laid down here. Saturday nights at the Hungry Farmer were filled with hippies, cowboys, business folk; we all got along. The developers and the xtian right indeed have separated us.
Side note. Where are Mr. Ed and his legions of T-gops Brucers now that we see who they truly are? ENOUGH!
Repeal TABOR immediately, vote in Mary Lou. Let's get moving again.
This town took a hard right turn when the Sun shut down. This was not considered a substantially more conservative City than Fort Collins or Pueblo until 87-92 when our news became monotone, and our politicians started wooing megachurches and evangelical activists, and developers were handed thousands of acres of new land to build crappy houses on. The aggressive takeover and shuttering of the Sun allowed the 'Freedom' Newspapers' propagandists to take advantage of a largely transient military population to pull the wool over the local's eyes and make decisions that the Sun would have brought to light and debated (and lambasted). The decision to woo religious organizations from other states like Focus on the Family (Orange County, Ca) and pastors like Ted Haggart (Baton Rouge, La) changed this town from a live and let live community with tolerance for all shapes and sizes to one of hate and ignorance. The Lotus Eater boutique was a LGBT owned business that flourished downtown for many years. They and the many new age booksellers were picketed and harassed by our new influx of hateful transplants. The decision to annex Banning Louis Ranch was made at this time as well. A decision that set a course for unsustainable eastward expansion and an explosion of capital infrastructure costs right at the same time that our local paper championed Doug Bruce and his TABOR fiasco. All of this Citiy's primary issues can be traced directly to the closing of the Sun and the inability for people of reason to contrast the propaganda of the Gazette.You may have been happy to be at the Gazette at the time Ralph, but it was a terrible time for our city.
I think I learned everything I need to know about pot when I saw "Reefer Madness" a few weeks ago. Maybe the Gazette got its talking points from that play.
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