My family's ballots arrived today. So I was disappointed to find that the Independent's candidate reports are not ready yet.
The lack of attention by the local media is not surprising, as these outlets know their income streams depend on staying on the good side of the Republicans, the AFP and the Koch Bros. That's not to say there aren't many talented people in the press in our city, but they have lines they can't cross. As a Democrat who's not running for anything, Garcia will be below the local radar most of the time, even though this is a very big deal for Colorado Springs.
The college students of today are the 'young professionals' of tomorrow. The ones grabbing a degree in one hand and a ticket out of town in the other. Often for just as far away as Boulder, Greeley, or Fort Collins.
The thinking exhibited here seems a 'win-win'. Drawing more attention and people to the downtown area - providing a moderate boost to core merchants - perhaps might even lead to development of downtown housing of the loft type seemingly of great appeal to those who would wish to both work and live downtown.
A more 'current decade downtown' may be the start to lure business from outside the state to not only Colorado Springs - but to the downtown area. The increased transit proposed from downtown to UCCS could also encourage more trips by riders along the route to shop downtown.
Perhaps it is time to engage the younger generation in planning and send the Downtown Solutions Team back to the El Paso Club for a nap.
Exactly. Transit, and land use are the keys. The two largest populations in the US, Boomers and Millennials (or whatever you'd like to call them), do not want to be trapped into doing everything with a car. They'd like to spend their money on other things (cars are expensive), and they'd like to live close to where they work, shop, play and learn.
C. Springs recent history suggests we've forgotten what creates value. You hollowed out the core (for parking) to try and compete with the suburbs. That's a vicious cycle and won't work. The burbs will always cater to the car better than cities can. Cities can revive by focusing on human scaled development. The best part is, it's far cheaper to make a place attractive to people than autos (see that new multi-million dollar intersection @Woodman + Academy you built a few years ago). I guarantee if anyone cared to do a per acre tax comparison of downtown properties vs. properties around Woodman/Academy, downtown would win (and that's downtown after decades of disinvestment vs. quite new development on the fringe). So, all that sprawl costs more to build, doesn't provide as high a ROI and alienates the two largest demographics in the US. You'll keep losing your best and brightest, while struggling to attract diverse businesses, if you don't change the way you grow.
It is also cheaper to go to DIA than to fly out of here in most cases. Everytime you change planes you risk getting stuck for one reason or another...go to DIA and you go right where you are headed without changes and delays. I never even think about booking out of Colo Spgs...besides the TSA here are doing work release and are the most unpleasant people to encounter, darn near spoiling any trip. No thanks.
The worst part of losing Frontier is having to rely on the United look-alikes. They cancel flights way too often - sometimes for the flimsiest of reasons - leaving you stuck in Denver or with extremely long connections.
Tech: You are a bit of a cynic, are you not? If you believe, as your comment seems to indicate, that it is more convenient to go through DIA than the COS airport, you live in a fantasy world.
And, I believe one of the points of the article was (although perhaps not specifically stated), if we had another airline, we would likely have more direct flights, avoiding the need to "change plains in Denver".
It is just quicker to go to Denver than go single file through the one lane of security ever open at our airport...and then you have to change plans in Denver anyhow.
You all forget, Ralph get a tinkling feeling up his leg for anything liberal...so don't get too excited about the gushing prose.
They are too busy trashing Rev Nori and gay marriage.
This must be a first for a newspaper in COLO SPGS: the word "gay" appears in a column and not a single hateful comment from our christians the first 2.5 days.
Thank you for the travelog, Steve, er, Ralph.
With the Internet, everyone who still takes a daily delivered in print paper will be dead from old age before the paper can hire a staff from the dwindling numbers who do print media...it's as done as church.
Stephen, yes the GT had 85 percent household penetration. I think for a brief time that even crawled into the low 90s, maybe for a few months. Staffers received monthly reminders of that -- way back in the 60s and 70s, but it is true. Also, during that time, the GT was the only daily paper with subscriptions from east of Colorado Springs to Limon, basically along US 24 and Colorado 94. That includes the Free Press/Sun, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. I doubt the Pueblo papers sold in that area, either.
I can only take Scott's word that the Gazette ever had 85% penetration. It sounds unbelievable but any such number appears only distantly in the rear-view mirror. The paper now appears more like an pamphlet while its price tag has kept pace with inflation nicely. The libertarian editorial philosophy tune played so stridently on its one-note guitar for so many years, I believe, did what it intended to do: it shaped the older newspaper-reading segment of the community into thinking taxes should never be raised, and nothing apart from the sparest actual government facilities should ever be owned by the city. I believe it hardened the already calcified opposition to offering and paying for any service apart from police and fire. Our city turned off street lights to save money from the utility company it owns. That looks pretty pathetic to the rest of the country. If we are in for a doubling down of that viewpoint, the paper will appeal to fewer and fewer, and continue to contribute to the erosion of the community instead of its growth. A city (no longer just a town) benefits from a rational, dependable, comprehensive common forum and vocabulary which a newspaper can provide.
1. I appreciate that you, a competitor, would say nice things about the sale and the paper's history. Some of your readers probably would not be as kind. And, of course, you were part of the excellence way back then.
2. Indeed there were, and are, outstanding reporters and writers still working who were at the G when we were. "Outstanding" is the right word. I don't know any who are still there that I would not want to be associated with. Flat-out truth: anyone who disagrees doesn't know those people.
3. One of those veterans told me the newsroom feels more stable. After some of the events we experienced in the 80s and 90s, I feel so much better about the company. And a former photographer commented that he felt the need to pack up his cameras and go back, then said, "Oh, wait, I'm retired." I kinda-sorta feel the same way.
4. Enjoy the new competition, emphasis on "enjoy".
The B-word got enough attention to deserve an article. Why wouldn't it be used. Money is the only thing downtown businesses understand. Don't like the Boycott? Post a sign outside your business stating your objection to the big brother overreach of the city council and mayor
How about cheap utilities, a skysox team in a field where they're happy (check!) and the hall of fame? I do like that idea!
I hope the local government will be cleaned up and out so as not to tarnish the Olympic name...
Great idea! The Springs has a unique and powerful marketing opportunity with being the home of the USOC. No other city in the world has it. And, everyone in the world knows US Olympics. In fact, the US Olympic team is the best sports team in the world! For Colorado Springs, its better than being home to the Broncos, the Yankees or the Lakers.
Though the idea of a Sky Sox stadium downtown is appealing, it pales in comparison to a US Olympic Hall of Fame downtown. We're talking minor league baseball versus global sport. Let's focus on what makes the biggest impact, first. Make it happen and CS will be equated with the best in sport world wide. Can't beat that!
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