Tannim - tabor? started by convicted Doug Bruce (not just accused) , that the kind of people GOP selcetes as candidates - Colorado GOP Gas tax should have been raised -- GOP costs us 1.23 when the tax to save would have been 6 cents. at least GOP Suthers helped raise taxes to fix our roads in Co springs
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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