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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: City Sage

Re: “Who will fight for old downtown?

The article by Mr Hazelhurst (December 21) was both enlightening and necessary. The perspective he provided for the Pikes Peak region certainly applies to many areas of the country. It seems the protection and preservation of our priceless historic buildings and sites can be cyclical, victims of whimsical trends more often than not. American history will always be driven by economic forces that arent particularly sensitive to local cultural activities, marvelous designs or highly publicized associations with famous people. And yet surprisingly every era has its heroic personalities that seem to respond to a higher calling. That is the story of historic preservation. It can be the most challenging of exercises and yet the most rewarding and sustainable of all endeavors.

It is interesting to note how study after study for the revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs stresses providing accommodations for current and future young professionals. The result has often been modern high-rise condominiums near the periphery of downtown. Yet as the city moves forward in its mission to provide an inviting urban experience, and as we relentlessly pursue our long-honored infill development policy, we must as a 'community' endeavor to balance the old with the new. We need to work together to decide what older areas of town are worthy of preservation for future generations and how to allow sensitive, sustainable change to occur within these neighborhoods. Most of us now refer scornfully to those unenlightened decision makers of the past who arbitrarily demolished architectural gems (Antlers Hotel, Burns Opera House, etc.). And yet what scenario could be lurking just around the corner which would simply be a repeat of the tragedies of the past? What major housing or college or hospital or commercial complex lies maliciously on some developers drawing board? Will our descendants once again lament about our era of rampant modernization? Will they deplore our just plain sloppy stewardship regarding the city's precious past? In fairness some of our government officials have led attempts to respect the jewels of our community; they were generally able to preserve important areas while fanning the flames of the economic drivers that maintain the vitality of our city.

The Historic Preservation Alliance (HPA) serves the greater Colorado Springs area as your local historic society. Our nonprofit organization of 300+ members is part of a consortium of other voluntary, like-minded organizations existing in the Pikes Peak region whose primary purpose is to make our history available for those interested in being exposed to it. The HPA in particular provides tours of historic sites throughout the summer and a high caliber lecture series in the winter. We also lead the effort to preserve buildings and sites that are endangered or are in need of new life.

Our board understands and appreciates the article by Mr Hazelhurst, not only in the context of offering a factual history of our city, but as a call perhaps to stir the soul. Let us hope his concerns reach the ears of local officials, property owners and community leaders who have the power to take our beautiful historic city to a higher level of living while celebrating its heritage. With this hope comes the trust that they take measure of the mistakes of the past. Let us remain optimistic the public awareness Mr Hazelhurst so eloquently seeks can serve as the guiding principle in shaping this most honorable endeavor.

If readers are interested in the goals of the HPA or wish to become involved, please visit our website at www.hpasprings.org.

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Posted by arohr on 12/29/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Mr. Hazelhurst,
Did I miss something where a CITIZEN OWNED utility has a responsibility to, in due diliigence, share potentially negative public health information that could damage the CITIZEN OWNERS welfare, but you and the board are arguing the opposite?

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 12/20/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Wow. What an interesting headline. I wouldn't say its fizzling out to the 1000+ people I have supporting this petition on change.org that I fully intend on hand delivering Monday the 19th at the Utilities Board meeting at 1pm. (102 S. Tejon St in case anyone wants to join me) There are more people aware of this than you know. We will not be silenced. You want to know why I started the petition? Because its reprehensible that our own elected officials are lying to us and trying to punish the person calling them out on their BS. Clearly the power plant isn't sustainable. This is FACT. It's a horrible accident waiting to happen and is poisoning us all slowly with every breath we take. But carry on theres nothing to see here...Sweet. I love magic. If theres nothing sinister in the report why so scared to just let us all see it? What have you got to hide? My guess is ALOT.

We'll be protesting at noon outside the building if you want to come join us. Then be sure Ill be speaking to the Utilities Board.

Heres the link to my petition. Share it. Sign it. Come join me to hand it over.

Power to the People my friend.

https://www.change.org/p/city-of-colorado-springs-tell-the-city-of-colorado-springs-release-documents-that-show-violations-of-air-pollution?recruiter=13824889&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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Posted by Amy Gray on 12/14/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Wow, John, you're really missing the point here. We've got a "citizen owned" utility who chose to commission an air quality study, paid for by these citizen owners, yet they won't share the results of the study with the citizen owners who breathe the air! Where is the transparency?! Let's not fool ourselves. If the air quality study had come back with favorable results, CSU would be crowing about the excellence of our air and patting themselves on the back. Instead we have a complete refusal to share the data and ludicrous sanctions against the very person who is trying to bring out the truth. We all know what that means. THE AIR STUDY RESULTS ARE NOT GOOD! So not only is CSU behaving badly, but the Utilities Board has also been utterly silent. Here are elected officials who should stand up for their constituents but instead they've drunk the Kool-Aid and are total CSU puppets. It's really quite shameful and embarrassing. People ... elections are just around the corner!!!

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 12/14/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Wow, What a disappointing column, Mr. Hazlehurst. You missed quite a bit in your research. And your comments from Tom Stand show that he's simply repeating the same old talking points. The monitors have never ever been over Manitou Springs, or over the Cheyenne Mtn and Broadmoor neighborhoods where the pollution plume is at it's worst. Gordon Pierce from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has stated the current monitor you and Tom reference is not even in the right place to measure SO2 from the Drake plume. And if you'd bothered to look at the data, even it has measurements over the NAAQS.
Further, the EPA holds Modeling as the Gold Standard because it uses emissions data from the stacks and meteorological data to show where the plume travels over our fair city and what amount of pollution it's carrying. So yes, modeling is very important. 3 models by different organizations all show non-attainment of the NAAQS, the SO2 is high and that's very bad for our lungs.
How can you say the lawsuit is fizzled when the City is desperately seeking to punish Leslie Weise? The real question is, who is pulling the strings with the City's lawyer? Who's acting like a dictator from a 3rd world country trying to muzzle a citizen seeking just the truth of a government report? Is it the Mayor? Or CSU? Or the Utility Board?

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Posted by Jacquie Ostrom on 12/14/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Two Million Tons! On standard day of 30 mb pressure and 60F - the cubic volume of space for one ton of carbon dioxide is approximately a cube 27' x 27' x 27' - which is about the cubic volume of the average house in Old Colorado City.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/14/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

No John it is about something! The monitors were not located in the areas where the plume from Drake settles along the foothills. It specifically settles in the Cheyenne Mountain and Skyway neighborhoods. It evens wafts all the way up to Manitou.

Specifically the Gold Camp Elementary is at ground zero. Those elementary children are exposed to dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide. Earlier this year in a hearing about Drake, Lisa Devore with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment acknowledged the risk to the children and committed to installing a monitor nearby the school. She quietly withdrew that commitment as a result of political pressure from El Paso County.

CSU has shown its true character to attempt to silence critics. Shame on you Jerry Forte.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 12/14/2016 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Urban-rural: sharing a leaky boat

>"We built the nation," she said. "Mining, timber, agriculture that's what made America."

>That's a mild expression of the belief that cities are not part of the real America.

No, Hazy, it isn't, except in your senile mind. What it actually is, is a statement of fact--without the minerals to make the steel and roads, and the wood to make the buildings, and the agriculture to feed the people, there would be no cities and no America.

The rest of this screed is nothing more than a bad segue into the very class divisions and identity politics that Hazy decried in the third paragraph, thus illustrating that he and his liberal tendencies are part of the same problem he bemoans, primarily because the identities are those he doesn't agree with.

He concludes the screed with this question, which he then answers incorrectly:

>Can we build localized, sustainable economies that will create jobs for all? That may be a pipe dream.

No, it isn't, but the liberal mindset with its environmental whackoism, centralized planning, and sever lack of innovation and entrepreneurship can't handle the concept that when left to their own devices, people can do extraordinarily creative and revolutionary things, including creating the localized and sustainable economy that he calls a pipe dream.

The lesson to be learned is simple an unambiguous: liberals caused the boat to leak. Time to throw them and their policies overboard and re-embrace the decentralized, limited government and individual freedom that not only built this nation, but built it great and strong.

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Posted by Tannim on 12/07/2016 at 6:11 PM

Re: “The tale of the dog

So sweet! I've adopted two dogs from Best Fur Friends and I'm sure there will be a 3rd soon. Great organization and great people.... the dogs are pretty awesome!

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Posted by Shannon Dionese on 12/03/2016 at 7:56 AM

Re: “The tale of the dog

You guys are awesome - so glad you are my neighbors and I get to see your three "kids" a lot!! Yes they are spoiled but that's due to your kind hearts. It was a "mitzvah"

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Posted by Rosie Backman on 12/02/2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The tale of the dog

Amazing story of some amazing groups of people who care. Well done.

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Posted by Whalewatcher22 on 12/02/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Dearest UCanSee--You are absolutely correct. I will demand that the editor immediately remove your hateful comment. Thanks for bringing that up!

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Posted by Paula George on 11/26/2016 at 7:46 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Allowing this piece of hate to be published reflects poorly on the CSIndy.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 11/24/2016 at 9:10 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Mike: Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but take your insulting ageist horse shit elsewhere.

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Posted by bobdobbs on 11/24/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Yeah, I guess the right has conviently forgotten the last 8 years of hate that they rained down on Obama. They voted in a candidate backed by the KKK. It's like they've just smeared shit over every WWII soldiers grave with their voting in of President Man-Baby.

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Posted by emw12 on 11/24/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Thank goodness the President doesn't have near as much power as the average idiot seems to think he does. If he did I would be very afraid but if 8 years of Bush didn't prove that no idiot is going to be allowed an unsupervised presidency. He will do as much damage as the real people in power allow him to to serve their own purposes.

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/24/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Hey Mike What has Clinton been convicted of? Here's a clue NOTHING. Why? Because maybe nothing shes done is CRIMINAL. Have you ever thought of that.Trump knows this and has known this but used the hype to get a bunch of folks to vote for him. Why was the the Federal form of Government changed? Here's another clue It did'nt work as intended. To many using there office to benefit themselves and not the people that sent them there. The people sent a bunch of fellas to Washington to do there bidding for them and when they got there they did what ever they wanted and not what the people wanted. Take your own advice read a History book. Sound like someone you just voted for. Think about what you just admitted. He said first thing was jail Clinton and take the ACA down. He hasent even taken office and has said he wont do either. What else wont he do that he promised once he takes office. Your screaming about some folks following the Liberals blindly when your doing the same thing with Conservatives. Our form of Governing is not perfect but its still the best in this World if he screws us over then we get to vote him out in four years or possibly impeach him. What Socialist Country gets this power? Should this "old Man" quit bitchen NO because that's something else that makes this Country great we all get to Bitch without retaliation its a right that's given to all of us including you, him and me.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/24/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

One expert says seniors would lose with Ryan's Medicare plan

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfin…

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Posted by guruD on 11/23/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Trump Foundation Took Donations From Controversial Ukrainian Clinton Donor

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/trump-found…

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Posted by guruD on 11/23/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “A Federated States of America?

Will Trump Be Impeached?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/will-tru…

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by guruD on 11/23/2016 at 2:52 PM

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