Somebody has got to pay for the SDS pipeline and it won't be Jenkins or Anschutz.
I'll cut to the chase. No, this development will not bring prosperity. Horizontal development never does b/c the math doesn't work. It relies on subsidies to survive over multiple life-cycles.
Here's what will happen:
Developers will pay to install all the first generation infrastructure.
The city will collect taxes for 25 years.
Those taxes won't come close to paying for the maintenance and replacement of all the infrastructure that was built in the first generation.
The city will borrow or (gasp) raise taxes to pay for the ongoing maintenance and/or replacement of all that infrastructure.
Colorado Springs already has a model of what works. It's downtown/the Westside/Manitou. It's dense, walkable, based around a grid, and is mixed use. It's adaptable and resilient. It's that way b/c it's based on the way we built places for thousands of years. Incrementally up and incrementally out. It builds individual and community wealth b/c it costs less to build initially and less to maintain over multiple life-cycles.
This year, California woman Stephanie Packer was denied treatment because legal suicide was available!
Watch what happened to this woman's husband:
You think this is impossible?
I think the CC Catalyst does a great job of being a newspaper catering to that university. I'd like to read a story about some normal people in COS- a pipe fitter- dry wall worker- maybe a CNA- Stein's columns are suffering from lack of scope. Sorry- can't really relate to this story- I would have loved to bike ride across the country after I paid for my own education but I had to get a job and live in the real world. This is becoming a column exemplifying white privileges
As luck would have it Andrew both of this elections leading candidates are going to keep you gainfully employed for a long time to come. Hopefully, one day you will realize that being a bullet catcher for the military industrial complex is a pretty crappy way to make a living.
Andy's job includes firing on civilians. Hooray. The military is told to vote fortrump just like new life church...what a joke.
I am not so sure, Mr Comb-Over Rump - Klingenschmidt got elected and that one commissioner seems to get re-elected whenever she runs. And Lamborn.
Glenn should lose by a significant margin!
Thanks for posting this information. I'm a member of the Colorado Judicial Performance Commission and it is great information about the excellent work of all the JPCs, state and local, is getting out to voters!
Pam Zubeck I think you're a hero of local reporting. My comment isn't so much directed into the look into MacDonalds tenure but rather your insistence in this article on the need to widen I-25.
Once again I Implore this city's leadership - please don't waste the time and our money on widening I-25. No offense meant- but you are all so old, and this is why you think a wider highway is a good idea. When you were young, cars were more a symbol of your freedom- you went out to the drag on Friday nights- went to the drive in movies and then pulled up to make-out mountain for your first kiss. We get it- but you need to get that a car is no longer a symbol of freedom. Our generations symbol of freedom is the wonderful Internet. We don't want to even drive- notice how when we drive we are actually looking at our high-data, web connected phones?
Our internet is so wonderful that soon we will have it driving our cars!!! We won't even have to do anything- and the incredible accuracy of the necessary systems to have a self-driving car has shown we won't need huge highways- self driving cars will wreck less- they won't get lost- no wrong turns, no incoherent speeds in the wrong lanes, etc.
And- also consider that we have awesome- high speed rails all around the world which connect metropolis' like the one we live in. We prefer those places and are actively moving to them. We like to sit on a train to get us to the city for work- during the ride we like to scan Twitter- then arriving at the train station we Uber a ride to work. This is how we do things. Soon the Ubers will drive themselves (it isn't just Sci-FI, it is predictable progress).
So Pam- you are my hero and I love your writing and I am so sorry I went so far off topic- but this widening of I-25 obsession is a trigger.
So once again- pleeeeease city of COS, the PPACG and all movers and shakers---
Please don't waste money on a project that superior technology has made obsolete decades ago. We are a different generation- you are leaving soon and we will be sad to see you go, so don't leave us an outdated infrastructure and tarnish our memory of you all-
Simply imagine for a moment a light rail of some fashion connecting the front range- knowing that you could reliably get to Denver in 45 minutes for work. How many people move to Denver for
Work because it is not practical to live in the Springs and make the drive! When I graduated from UCCS almost all my classmates had to move to Denver or other cities to find jobs in our field- they all would have stayed in the springs and worked in Denver if a light rail were in place.
I just drove I-25 today. A sign above the freeway exclaimed "485 traffic deaths this year". This absolutely has to stop. It is the responsibility of the PPACG and our area leadership to properly develop this place. I think they have been so far off the mark something must be seriously wrong, or corrupted, in these agencies.
I'm still confused as what pumping iron and running up hills has anything at all to do with the job of being a Senator?
There were so many gut busting laugh out loud moments while watching this hilarious ego fest that I nearly passed out. But the most ironic and deeply perplexing moment came when Glenn spoke about wanting to address the issues between the African-American community and local police, mentioning "..driving while black"; to my knowledge, Glenn has done little to zero outreach in minority communities across Colorado. Glenn's base has been overwhelming white, Tea Party/ultra conservative Christians, and aside from having Senator Tim Scott (R/SC) appear at one Glenn's rally's, I have not seen or heard about any other prominent African Americans supporting Glenn.
I don't know who was the target audience for this ad, but it highly entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
My understanding is that laws like this are to prevent vote buying. If I'm paying you to vote a certain way, I may request photographic evidence of the deed before paying up.
IMO, freedom of speech trumps such concerns.
As worthy of disdain as some people may find selfies, there's a legitimate issue here. It's a shame the Independent has taken a position of mockery.
...... AND our corrupt CSU along with Anshutz puppet Mayor Suthers wants to GIVE a RESERVOIR to the Broadmoor to water their Golf Courses, while golf is declining nationally. Rosemont Reservoir is 2541 Acre feet, could easily be hooked up to the Mesa treatment plant to create another potable water supply for us. Thornton pays from $15,000 to $25,000 per acre foot for water. Let's see how corrupt CSU and Suthers are giving our assets (Rosemont Reservoir and Strawberry Fields ) to "THE BULLY OF THE BROADMOOR" , greedy Anshutz !! Watch the documentary "Killing the Colorado" to see how CSU killed the town of Crowley CO .
Dave is a great friend to many and an inspiration to all! Good job!
Yup - no water = no food...pretty much the case in a good part of the world. It's this disparity that we need to be concerned about because it is this dynamic that leads to violence and dictatorial governance. We live in abundance.
The trouble here in the dry part of Colorado is that we can still "borrow" water from our more fortunate western slope residents. The real trouble for us here in the land of milk and honey is there's too much slop in the trough (a direct quote from my VA shrink). We won't see the need to make tough decisions until we're affected personally (my cynical demon says to say ' we don't care if our neighbor's yard goes brown, as long as we can keep the golf course green at someone else's expense - that's why we live in a condo).
That's an accurate observation, Mr Gentry...but how do we minimize the damage for the rest of mankind? I espouse no religion or faith, but I do have a pressing need to do SOMETHING to keep this from being a Malthusian disaster.
BTW, I 'liked' your response - it's the hard truth of nature. Solutions from anyone?
I guess they are attempting to horn in on the Koch Bros. territory!
Thanks, Andrew for putting a real face to the reason my father, a career military man, said that the military should not be allowed to vote because they vote for job security. We are not a militaristic society - if we were there would be more than a fraction of a percent of our population in the military.
I'm a Vietnam vet - I joined and served willingly until I got to Vietnam. I then began to understand what that war was about, and it was mainly about money, and the resources of the region that we had interests in. All wars are like that.
Mr. Williams, suicide might be a crime in most jurisdictions, but as somewhere someone said - there have been no known prosecutions. You will not be able to dictate how I end my life when my pain becomes too severe, or when my life has no quality. If you base your argument on your god's wish that everyone live out their life 'naturally', regardless of their circumstances, then yours is a religious argument - keep it out of government. My life. My choice.
I, too, have read this bill - and I think you are promoting fear and suspicion where none really exists. I have also looked at the Oregon law with regard to litigation and complaints of other chicanery. I have, as of yet, found nothing to indicate that this law on their books for the last 2 decades has done anything except make it possible to die with dignity.
I watched my mother suffer and die from the ravages of colon cancer that spread to her pancreas. My heartfelt sympathies for your loss - but you are incorrect about this measure.
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