Agree with Dave Gardner. The primary beneficiaries of the downtown stadium and museum components of C4C are the property owner and developer. Is a stadium/museum combo something the citizens want? Or is C4C being foisted on us by the coercive power of local and state govt in collaboration with the primary beneficiaries? Councilman Miller is aware of the financial quicksand that is C4C. http://www.joelmillercoloradospringscityco…. But the mayor and his allies appear to be oblivious of the danger - or perhaps they don't care. COS doesn't need a stadium. COS needs companies to set up business in our city. We need jobs and business travelers to increase airport traffic. Does anyone believe a company will choose to set up business in COS because we have a downtown stadium? Or a sports museum, no matter how unique or highly visible from I-25? Stadiums do not in themselves provide economic prosperity, but are instead a by-product of the prosperity that comes to a city when business is booming. Entrepreneurs build stadiums AFTER their city becomes successful. And, like Oklahoma City, which the Gazette so admires, they do it without govt/taxpayer dollars. And Hazlehurst's comment that COS may be chosen to host the Olympic games in 2024 is laughable, just as laughable as it would be to say that Pueblo, last year's recipient of RTA tax money, will be the Olympic committee's choice. It will be easy to get rid of Bach in the next election, but not easy to rid ourselves of a financial mistake the size of C4C.
Colorado Springs remains a small town that lucked out for 70 or so years as the Cold War fueled one of the longest military expansions in history. It was easy money as it became a company town -- not unlike Pueblo, although in Colorado Springs' case, the company was the federal government.
That expansion has effectively ended despite attempts to keep it going with the "war on terrorism." The town over expanded with little reason for being here. As a nation, we've chosen to send jobs that support families overseas.
Colorado Springs now turns, as it has so many times before, to industries that support minimal incomes -- tourism, hospitality, museums and health care. Same old, same old -- not much vision there.
Yes, this town definitely needs an upgrade to become more PROGRESSIVE or we will become more STAGNANT and new industries will never want to consider coming here to CS!
GUESS WHAT FOLKS? My former comment "RMJ tours that could expand use of the city airport and B&Bs that are friendly to RMJ to bring people here for a vacation." On the evening news they reported that a RMJ tour company is now going to do this in Denver with a tour bus that will take you from Denver to the ski slopes with as much bud as you can smoke along the way!
Why are we not doing this in Colorado Springs? Our reputation needs to be upgraded from the conservative status that we have held for decades and if we are willing to accept this change we will progress into the 21st century!!!
I also suggest expanding recycling by building a glass recycling plant, start Hemp facility to grow and manufacture hemp products and oil, but not sure if anyone is listening.
Spiro Agnew is long gone, but not quite yet forgotten. Those "nattering nabobs of negativism" were opponents American involvement in Vietnam, who ultimately turned out to be correct. Spiro Agnew ultimately resigned the office of Vice President in disgrace after it was revealed he had taken bribes when he was the Governor of Maryland.
Is that really the best analogy for driving home the point of this column? Perhaps!
I've liked a lot about John Hazlehurst's thinking over the years, but it's never been a case of seeing 100% eye to eye. This column makes it official: John is an old-timer. His use of the term "economic stagnation" reveals he isn't as hip as he might like to be. The world has entered a new era; we're seeing the end of ever-expanding economies. There is just no more planet to plunder. So the idea that we are standing still if we aren't building something is just so yesterday.
Someone should have told us that the ransom we paid to keep the USOC in town was just a down payment. If we believe what John is telling us, we are already being threatened with USOC departure if we don't ante up again - and so soon! It feels like a sequel to Goodfellas. And it's pretty hard to have a return on investment at this rate.
Now, I think the Olympic museum is a great idea. But if it's a ransom payment, no thank you. And if a retired widow trying to decide between medicine and heat has to subsidize it with her tax dollars, no thank you. There has to be another way.
And a publicily subsidized stadium for a professional sports team? This is the one time I might be glad to live in a city so tax-averse. Not just no, but hell no! It will never happen if the public has to provide a penny.
C'mon, John, you know this scheme was cooked up by dinosaurs to enrich land speculators and developers. We can do better. We don't need to swallow this lousy deal just because you think a city that's not pouring more concrete is not a successful city. That is yesterday's metric.
I love this city. I want it to be a wonderful place to live. But I'm a naysayer on this, because it was cooked up with yesterday's recipes.
"They welcomed the future — they didn't fight it."
I wish the council and mayor were so forward thinking. If they would just accept that marijuana is now legal and we could use the tax money. Instead the mayor fixes things the only way he know how "build a building".
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