As I read this article I was a bit stirred to think of world-class architecture in this city. That's when I realized that I don't oppose C4C, except for the use of public monies to enrich private concerns (and the possible use of emanate domain to steal private property). Still waiting to find out who will actually own the properties that our taxes create.
We should be impressed, even wowed? Ralph, evidently you have not had your quality time with timeshare salesman. You start out like the country bumkin rather than the professional journalist we have come to respect. “The request sounded innocent enough”,…..specifically the monstrous project surrounding Denver's new Union Station. Then you refer to a free breakfast, organized, bought and paid for by Chris Jenkins, president of Nor'wood Development Group. You call him an energetic leader in a crusade? He pays to bring in an architectural firm with noted credentials and they proceed to stroke our ego by saying "You are blessed with an incredible, spectacular city," Takacs said. "I won't pretend to tell you what you should or shouldn't do. We are starting a dialogue with your city to map out a strategy and projects around the Southwest Downtown Development District. We want to create something even beyond your wildest dreams."
At this point, SOM has no direct involvement in City for Champions. There is an obvious, clue here. Another hint: That construction would form the nucleus for an ambitious commercial, residential and transportation-linked development put together by private developers, led by Nor'wood.
Did they happen to mention that they do not build around stadiums? Historically, stadiums and their accompanying 1500 space parking garages are not conducive to commercial, residential and transportation-linked development. They state categorically they are urbanists! "a pedestrian-friendly urban neighborhood," not stadium construction.
“For each project we start by defining the challenges and opportunities unique to the place, culture and context." Another hint: "You need strong gateways here," referring mainly to Interstate 25. We are currently $13 million shy of what we need for the Cimmaron interchange.
Then you finish with an old African saying by the dung beetle “Roll that all together, and you can't help but dream about what comes next”.
so an architecture and engineering firm thinks us spending a lot of money for their services is a good idea... who would of thunk??
SOM thinks it can do for COS what they're presently doing for Denver. SOM thinks all COS needs is a world-class design firm, such as themselves, an ambitious developer, such as Nor'wood, a piece of land, such as owned by Jenkins, and $600M in sales tax dollars from the citizens of COS to build a stadium, the catalyst that will transform our dinky downtown into an economic juggernaut. I think this vision of greatness is achievable . . . WHEN . . . the state capitol, the Broncos, DIA, Union Station, a light-rail system, the Michael Graves designed Central Library, IKEA, and Trader Joes move from Denver to COS. Once we have those anchors, nothing can stop COS from becoming bigger and better than Denver and Oklahoma City combined.
"Think about the fact that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill would not waste its time or roll the dice with its global reputation except for a chance to make Colorado Springs a centerpiece for how to shape a mid-sized American city of tomorrow." So we should be impressed that a huge firm famous for skyscrapers wants to reshape our downtown while profiting the developers who control the city?
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