As a City employee in the 80 's and 90's, I found his barbs, satirical reviews, and highlighting of our foibles thought provoking and often hilarious. It kept me from taking things too seriously. I truly will miss his community commentary. Good luck,Susie and Rich, in this next chapter.
Fond memories of reading Rich's Gazette articles and blowing coffee out my nose into my breakfast cereal. The gin and tonic nose wash as I read the Indy in the evening is not so fond but memorable. Yep, will really miss the Ranger...
teabaggerville has run off another one. humor is a great way to make a point... even if the faux newsers don't get it. good luck Rich.
"...nobody in the Colorado Springs media has made more people laugh, more people angry and more people offended."
Amen to that. A true sign of someone who had mastered his craft.
I will miss his columns here in the Indy (once every few weeks in the Denver Post isn't enough).
I hate to see him go. He's been a Colorado Springs institution.
Rich, here's wishing you the best of luck. Have fun, man.
Even though I left the Springs a couple of years ago, I kept up by relying upon the readings of Mr. Tosches' finger on the prostate of the city. Thanks Mr. Routon for this update, and thanks to him for making us laugh for so long.
Coincidentally, before I turned to this morning's Indy updates, I was looking at a MoJo article from yesterday entitled 'Nobody Cares What You Think Unless You're Rich'.
Yeah. Best of luck Rich.
Thanks Ralph! He will be missed by lots of folks.
Ranger Rich will certainly be missed by me. Thanks for sharing this.
Good job, sir!!
Congratulations, Ralph. Losing 59 pounds is no easy task. Kudos on your discipline!
Keep it up!
Good for you Ralph
That's great news Ralph, good for you!
Mark Twain said it first: "An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town". We have many talented and accomplished architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects and contractors in Colorado Springs. Think local.
Mike Callicrate of Ranch Foods Direct is investing in downtown. But the city is not being helpful. Callicrate purchased property and bought a two story building on Wahsatch Avenue, formerly owned by the Colorado Springs Gazette, in order to expand business and make his products more accessible to the retail public. He was going to open up in March 2014, but the date was moved to late July because he's waiting on permits. The city needs to facilitate the red-tape process by reducing regulations. Private enterprise - those entrepreneurs who build what the people want without taxpayer dollars and govt "partnership" - can revitalize the urban renewal area south of downtown. Callicrate says, "I want to see downtown become a place where people live, I want to see a lot more residential downtown and we're going to be there to feed them." That's what the vast majority of COS residents want. An urban neighborhood. Not a stadium.
Ralph, I used to respect your voice and opinion but as of late you've been nothing more than a voice for the cronies. I won't go so far as to say you sold out because I'm sure you have logical and substantiated reasons for your "business" and economic perspective...RIGHT? I'd LOVE to hear your analysis and please use actual facts and metrics not "hopes and dreams".
Has anyone asked or looked elsewhere for COS "vision" or shall we just change the name of the City to Nor'Wood? I'm not against anyone making money, sustainable growth and making COS a national or even global iconic city but when we keep going to the same ol' well we will get the same ol' water. Not a single "outside" consultant really is because they are being paid. The CSBJ should try looking up the term "perverse incentive" and maybe write something that doesn't sound like you have Pom Poms in hand.
What happened to authentic journalism? What happened to REAL community engagement and leadership? You "clique" people just want us to be quiet and just let you all do whatever you want because you "know best" and we are just too negative and dumb to understand. Yet, most of us that oppose much of the crony directives being flung around are HIGHLY educated and experienced beyond those in the "clique". Maybe you all should drop some of the hubris and start leading the right way. Maybe through genuine care and love of COS and REAL leadership we would realize some community initiatives we could all get behind and that creates a win-win for everyone. The short term and self serving style of leadership we have in COS needs to stop.
Geez Ralph did you buy a used car from that guy too? Colorado Springs is going to get a hosing from the mayor and his pals and you cannot see it coming. "City for Champions"?! City for Chumps is more like it. The city gets revenue from sales tax but people with very little cash don't buy much. Colorado Springs does everything it can to stunt growth. We need businesses but all the fees one needs to start a business not to mention the hoops one must jump through, it is just not an option. No smoking and the "heat is on" crackdown has bars and taverns closing at 11 PM. It is no secret DUI arrests are nothing more than a money maker for the court and police. They spend the money on weaponry to further intimidate the very people they are supposed to serve. Except, somehow Tejon St downtown is afforded a free pass to play host to the younger set with an alcohol-drenched wonderland. So know the fox is guarding the hen house and our intrepid news writers who were sounding off suddenly sound like they are being paid off...
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??
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