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Re: “Who will fight for old downtown?

The article by Mr Hazelhurst (December 21) was both enlightening and necessary. The perspective he provided for the Pikes Peak region certainly applies to many areas of the country. It seems the protection and preservation of our priceless historic buildings and sites can be cyclical, victims of whimsical trends more often than not. American history will always be driven by economic forces that arent particularly sensitive to local cultural activities, marvelous designs or highly publicized associations with famous people. And yet surprisingly every era has its heroic personalities that seem to respond to a higher calling. That is the story of historic preservation. It can be the most challenging of exercises and yet the most rewarding and sustainable of all endeavors.

It is interesting to note how study after study for the revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs stresses providing accommodations for current and future young professionals. The result has often been modern high-rise condominiums near the periphery of downtown. Yet as the city moves forward in its mission to provide an inviting urban experience, and as we relentlessly pursue our long-honored infill development policy, we must as a 'community' endeavor to balance the old with the new. We need to work together to decide what older areas of town are worthy of preservation for future generations and how to allow sensitive, sustainable change to occur within these neighborhoods. Most of us now refer scornfully to those unenlightened decision makers of the past who arbitrarily demolished architectural gems (Antlers Hotel, Burns Opera House, etc.). And yet what scenario could be lurking just around the corner which would simply be a repeat of the tragedies of the past? What major housing or college or hospital or commercial complex lies maliciously on some developers drawing board? Will our descendants once again lament about our era of rampant modernization? Will they deplore our just plain sloppy stewardship regarding the city's precious past? In fairness some of our government officials have led attempts to respect the jewels of our community; they were generally able to preserve important areas while fanning the flames of the economic drivers that maintain the vitality of our city.

The Historic Preservation Alliance (HPA) serves the greater Colorado Springs area as your local historic society. Our nonprofit organization of 300+ members is part of a consortium of other voluntary, like-minded organizations existing in the Pikes Peak region whose primary purpose is to make our history available for those interested in being exposed to it. The HPA in particular provides tours of historic sites throughout the summer and a high caliber lecture series in the winter. We also lead the effort to preserve buildings and sites that are endangered or are in need of new life.

Our board understands and appreciates the article by Mr Hazelhurst, not only in the context of offering a factual history of our city, but as a call perhaps to stir the soul. Let us hope his concerns reach the ears of local officials, property owners and community leaders who have the power to take our beautiful historic city to a higher level of living while celebrating its heritage. With this hope comes the trust that they take measure of the mistakes of the past. Let us remain optimistic the public awareness Mr Hazelhurst so eloquently seeks can serve as the guiding principle in shaping this most honorable endeavor.

If readers are interested in the goals of the HPA or wish to become involved, please visit our website at www.hpasprings.org.

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Posted by arohr on 12/29/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Chancellor's perfect exit from UCCS

This was a wonderful article, for a wonderful Chancellor! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!

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Posted by Leslie Roberts on 12/29/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Kyle just proved my point. Not a thought one just jump on what ever bandwagon coming down the street. From far far left to far out there right.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/29/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Too bad you stupid old democrats. I am
A Bernie bro who voted trump. When we told you HRC corrupted the primary- you scoffed. Sleep in the bed you made, stupid shits

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/29/2016 at 12:05 AM

Re: “PPACG executive and senior staff on indefinite leave

Didn't we used to tar and feather useless and corrupt public leaches??
Also- why the hell do we want to widen I-25. Get your head out of your ass, older generation, and don't f**** up our infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/29/2016 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Lamborn sought chairmanship of veterans committee

Lamborn is useless and know-nothing.

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Posted by Lalahartma on 12/28/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Lamborn sought chairmanship of veterans committee

Good thing Mr. Lamborn DIDN'T get this committee post. During Lamborn's tenure he has voted to cut the SNAP program which some of our young military families and retirees depend on. He has voted to cut Women's, Infants, and Children's funding which some of our young military families depend on. He supports Concerned Veterans of America which is an AstroTurf organization funded by the Koch Bros that wants to privatize the VA plus requiring veterans to carry their own medical insurance. He doesn't really care about our military personnel and their families.

He is funded by the oil & gas industry, real estate interests, and the military industrial complex. His legislative accomplishments are mediocre to say the least. He has had far better opponents challenging him yet refuses to have honest and open debates. He's quick with a talking point that has very little substance. He's detrimental to those who vote him in especially military families, veterans, and military retirees.

He's called the President derogatory words yet will stand next to him for a photo-op. He refused to attend a State of the Union. He is not a deep thinker. So the question is: "Why is he returned to Congress when there are much better people, Republicans, Democrats, Independent, Libertarian, etc., that the people of CO5th can send to Washington?"

Pisst! Don't tell anybody but Mr. Lamborn is a Socialist. He has his universal medical which you don't have. He has his salary for life if he retires from Congress along with his free medical which you will have neither.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/28/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Trump was elected simply because he told the people what they wanted to here. Not the truth, not reality just what they wanted to here. Hes a salesman. People are gullible and will buy anything they are told they cant live without. There will be no wall, there will be no high paying jobs, theres nothing to prosecute, the swamp wont be cleared, Coal jobs are not coming back and the trade agreements are going to do nothing more then cost us more for the goods we need. The Terrorists will attack more just to prove he cant stop them. He hasent even taken office and on the news this morning hes taking credit for the improvement in the economy forecast. Its a forecast people not reality. He has fed the ego of the voters that counted in order to feed his own. His late night tweets prove that. The few Republicans that opposed him and were insulted by him are now jumping on his wagon in hopes he can or will do something great so they can get a pat on the back. The Democrats put a person in that had way to much baggage after 8 years of every radio host telling them how bad it has been. Why do you think there was only those two running as Democrats? Were in for one heck of a ride and the only hope we have is the Vice President and the few in Congress that are Statesmen can hold it together.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/28/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Update: Tim Mitros leaves his city job

Good luck in your future endeavors Tim. Thank you for your service to our city.

Jim Mullen

City manager 1996 - 2002.

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Posted by Jim Mullen on 12/28/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “PPACG executive and senior staff on indefinite leave

Douglas County just offered to help with the widening of I-25, Chill Out !

Attacking your Boss is not part of the Staff Job Descriptions.

Yes, Government is full of Politics and Drama.

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Posted by frank1946 on 12/28/2016 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Update: Tim Mitros leaves his city job

I come to praise Mitros, not bury him. He is one of the good guys.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 12/27/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Update: Tim Mitros leaves his city job

The current regime should commend people like him. What Tim did is what government is supposed to do.

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Posted by NoMoBart on 12/27/2016 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Five lessons we can learn from music critics' Top 10s

Hah! Similarly, one, if famous, should not die in December, as all those who passed have already been listed. Whoa to George Michael, Carrie Fisher, et. al.

Posted by Michael Salkind on 12/27/2016 at 7:47 PM

Re: “A huge field of candidates is shaping up to run for governor in 2018

Won't be voting for State Treasurer Walker Stapleton. He's been playing games to get the Governor job for years.

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Posted by 80923 on 12/27/2016 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Update: Tim Mitros leaves his city job

Mitros worked tirelessly during the 2013 floods. Too bad he was unable to ingratiate himself with the current regime.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 12/27/2016 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Homeless shelters and programs in Colorado Springs

Im a 28 year old woman who just lost everything. My fiance and i are living over the road and we have no where to go. Any suggestions on where we can go and still be together. Hes also a welder and he will work.

Posted by prettyred28 on 12/26/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “City kills bike lanes on Research Parkway

Have you considered the city's statements on why they terminated this poorly planned project? It wasn't motorists rejecting bike lanes. Everyone I know talked about the dangerous design. My family was nearly broadsided twice. That never happened in the previous decade. See how how I can describe the issue without even saying "bike lanes"? But I know what you're thinking, I hate bike lanes because my family almost got killed by a broadside.

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Posted by Scott 1 on 12/26/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “City kills bike lanes on Research Parkway

Glad the imbecilic move is coming to an end. I've seen some Bonehead moves in the past, this one qualifies as a leader on the list! Lets restrict flowing rush hour traffic, increase the roadway risk, increase the difficulty of access, (motorists making right turns for access) blame it on speeders, end lane approaching bike zone with no warning, etc. What gets me most was the dangerous multiple long right turns motorists have to make for access to Research. Somebody should be fired yesterday!!! I'm not sue happy, but I would have to support a victim or fatality of one of those long right turns!!!

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Posted by George Simon on 12/25/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Transparency and the Drake report, saving the trout, and more

Mick Ive backed you all along Ive given you your just due for your right to speak up but dude its just getting old now. We get it you didnt like Colorado Springs. Fine dont live here. I do like living here its my home and the few things I dont like or I feel need changed I advocate that change. With the problems we here in Colorado have does not make it the Hell you make it out to be. Ive been East and didnt particularly like it but I dont run it down at every drop of a hat or the people that live there. Enjoy Vermont be happy have fun and I and a lot of others will right here in Colorado. One of the great things of being American is our own personal pursuit of happiness.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/25/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “City kills bike lanes on Research Parkway

Another hating cyclist rants against motorists. The more you guys keep attacking the majority of the people, the less you will be welcome in this city.

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Posted by TheDudeAbides on 12/24/2016 at 1:16 PM

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