The Jenkin's stadium refuses to drop dead because the dreamers won't wake up. There are numerous stadiums around town that could host the Switchbacks, and building this minor league team a $300M dollar stadium - to be built by taxpayer dollars without taxpayer consent - for the few times the team would play in the stadium is infuriating. What is the matter with Jenkins? Is not the Olympic museum and the parking garage under his skyscraper condo building enough of a carrot to incentivize the development of his 19 or more properties in the area? Furthermore, sports enthusiasts don't go to stadiums to watch their teams - they sit in their Lazy Boys, with a Bud in one hand and turn on the telly with the other.
The mayor is right in saying that there are already far too many URGENT demands being made on taxpayer dollars, such as stormwater and roads and now we learn that the number of police officers needs to be increased to respond to violent crimes. There is NO tax money available to pay for Jenkins dream of a stadium, the purpose of which is to increase the profitability on his 19 or more properties in the area. If Routin wants a stadium, let HIM and others like him donate the $300M dollars needed to build it.
"Let's quit worrying about C4C and start getting basic services in order." Clara's comments are spot on. As are those of Miller and other commenters above. Thanks.
I have not been here it really looks good to go but been so busy. I'M thinking to take my wife there one of these day
Ms. Ewing Fowler:
The only link you provide is to the "glowing report" about the benefits of legalized marijuana. You do not link to your sources claiming otherwise.
Just to be clear, you might have mentioned that the Office of National Drug Control Policy is NOT a neutral source of information. By law, that Office must oppose the legalization of any drug currently on schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812).
That your argument is based solely on sources that oppose legalization diminishes your credibility.
We have a graph on amount by Candidate and a download for actual amount from what sources.
What concerns me about this election is the same thing that has concerned me about EVERY election: how many candidates are in bed with developers! City Council is beholding to the developers who financially help get them elected and who seldom, if ever, go against any development they want, which is not always in OUR best interest. NOW, a low income housing development is about to be built smack-dab in the middle of Broadmoor Bluffs, a neighborhood that has already been ravaged by our City Fathers having ALLOWED homes to KNOWINGLY be built on a landslide area. It's an outrage! Start taking a closer look at the candidates profiles and most especially at WHO is financing their campaigns.
Kathleen Ewing Fowler WHAT IS YOUR VIEW OF UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION? OR ALCOHOL IN GENERAL?
The CSPPA is not wholly reflective of the officers as it is not a union but more of a fraternal organization in which even the Chief is a member. The CSPPA leadership have long been considered quasi-spokespersons for the administration.
The fact that officers (even senior officers ) must speak anonymously is indicative that they feel they do not have confidence that they will not face retaliation for bringing even valid issues to the attention of management.
Man I hope that the Feds enforce federal marijuana laws here in Colorado Springs!!! Time to send potheads packing!
I'd welcome fewer opinions and blue sky proposals and a little more hard data on the demographics of the city and the planning forecast. The city is growing north and east, yet the constant conversation seems to be south and west. The motto is "If you build it, they will come." The question is: "Who are they?"
Why is the city growing -- military? New industries (unlikely when there is no immediate water source)? Tourist traffic? How does all this divide up? Where are the jobs going to coming from to pay for all the new houses -- or will the core of the city hollow out as population growth slows in the country and people move to newer areas?
The population is aging, which means more trips to the hospital. Yet the one hospital nearest downtown seems to be moving north to the top of a hill that the best driver has trouble with in bad weather. The county has moved social services far away from the center of the bus service that many low income people depend on. How will the majority of the population access any number of services -- flying there hanging off a drone?
There's a lot of wish fulfillment around. The planning to make the city work is piecemeal at best. Let's quit worrying about C4C and start getting basic services in order.
I have no sympathy for either side. Adopting the "trailer trash" found at the humane society isn't an answer to inhumane breeding practices. It is simply exacerbating another form of it.
Just an FYI...Elizabeth is:
Legislative Liaison to the American Kennel Club, a Delegate to the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs, an AKC Breeder of Merit and a member of the National Animal Interest Alliance.
Of course she does not know about animal welfare.
Elizabeth, What planet do you live on? You are a person writing about a subject in which you know nothing about. You imply that everything ever said or written about the welfare of the animals who spend their life in a Puppy Mill is "Fake News". Please, change your subject matter, animal welfare is not your strong suit.
Glad to see actual reporting on campaign finance. Gazette's endorsement made misleading suggestion that Skorman was having problems raising money.
Naysayers? Naysayers to what- a bad idea? You bet. It's not that we "don't dream big", it's simply that this is a bad idea. It's a good article and I like reading the column- but my opinion is that it's a bad idea. A lot of people share this opinion.
I have an opinion of what we should do with the downtown area. My opinion is wonderful. Other people have opinions too, I doubt many are as good as mine but I'm sure it'd be a scale.
I'd love to hear other people's opinions on what to do with the downtown area. Actually, some might be better than mine! We've never had the opportunity to discuss this matter, as a city public to the public servants who represent us. The city dropped this proposal, somehow secured funding and got a few rubber stamps, and now what? Where's the money and what are we going to do with it? How many firms did we hire for design and price analysis- for what? This is all wasted money, to a bad idea. If there is money around for some project, get the public in now. Get a comprehensive input to make a unique project for our city.
Or- divert the money to get clean water for residents in our south-end.
I remember running into her once, and trying to catch her; obviously, she wouldn't come close enough to grab. After I ran into her, I started following her status on Facebook. I am soo glad that she finally made it home!
About the only good thing to come out of the C4C proposal was that it showed how little could be done without public support.
Ever since humans began walking upright, they have been searching for better ways to get from point A to point B. Lyft and Uber are the latest entries, and as always new ways are being resisted by those who are invested in the old ways. Mr. Castle is correct. Let the marketplace and the consumers decide.
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Why put a stadium in the downtown area? We do not have a way to handle the traffic problems it would create, I25 is overcrowded as it is, and the downtown streets are impossible if anything is happening right now. There has to be a better choice that this, one that would have room for parking, while avoiding traffic jams. I know boosters want to draw people to downtown, but this isn't the way.
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