Rather than commiserate about the local job market, HazyHurts, come up with a solution.
Create jobs by diversifying the economic engine. The problem isn't Drake is downtown but that there are no factories that build anything heavy. Pueblo has the wind factory, the steel mill, and other industry. Colorado Springs hasn't bent steel for anything in eons.
This city has the ability to be an industrial engine, but nobody wants to pull the trigger. Why? It isn't the physical or economic climate, so it must be the religion and the government.
That's where the fixes need to be made.
Christina Krych: Inter-city expresses, or interurban commuter lines as they are known in America, are not only a dying breed (there's only one left, the Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad), but they continually lose money and are subsidized by tax dollars on top of the tickets. The other problem with them is once you hit a station and get off, then what? Colorado, like most of the west, doesn't address that very well. The experimental bullet train in California is a huge boondoggle that goes nowhere.
Ryan Hannigan wrote "It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity." I believe that is a reference to the new Studio 809 podcast network several former KCMJ hosts/volunteers have launched (myself included). We are not encouraging any shows to leave KCMJ. However, we are providing a warm, positive, nurturing environment for any shows that no longer feel they can make it work at KCMJ. I personally hope they are all back on KCMJ one day. The existence of Studio 809 is not a cause of what Gary wrote about. It's a symptom.
Gary, you're forgetting to point the finger at one person. I'll let you figure out who. It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity.
WE need BOTH Tiny houses and Affordable apartments or houses. COS could be known as the Capital of buying your own home's if we get rid of credit scores. Some mortgages
are cheaper then rent.
Gary Casimir: Like I Said; "The road to the perfect humanistic progressive utopia is such a difficult journey." I guess KCMJ-LP is dealing with distopia as well.
Roger Armstrong: Yep, and another thing that KRCC should look into down the road in spite of possibly difficulty, is to look into investing into a second radio station. One that will allow them to broadcast a full time Adult Rock/Triple A or Adult Rock esq format since their are still pockets of music programming left on KRCC, but the Afternoon Music Mix was canceled in favor of more News and Spoken Word Programs.
Colorado Public Radio in Denver was able to narrowcast and superserve its programming onto three separate stations (News/Talk, Classical, and Triple A), and KUNC in Fort Collins was able to sign on a full time Triple A station this year called The Colorado Sound; allowing KUNC to go Public Radio News/Talk full time.
The days of block programming on Public Radio is trending out.
I lived in Europe for many years. Your call for "inter-city express trains" overlooks one critical thing that Europe has which enables such systems -- GOOD INTRA-CITY MASS TRANSIT.
We don't have that. So if you build your inter-city express trains, once you get to your intended city, it is difficult to get from the station to where you need to be.
IOW, if you build the inter-city express trains right now, few people will use them.
What we need to do first is build up our INTRA-city mass transit, THEN we can talk about building INTER-city mass transit.
Well, I thought Mister Hazlehurst made an interesting observation, one that I probably would not have made, even considering that I grew up in the Springs only a couple of years younger than John. I recall NO kids of color in grade school, and maybe one or two in junior high. In High School (the first year it was named Palmer) there were some black and Hispanic kids, but I recall them as pretty much middle class. Being then admittedly quite naive, I was not aware of any racial tensions. The black guys I remember were popular. I don’t recall any black girls, but the bubble of white privilege I lived in rendered me oblivious to a lot of things. When I finally encountered blatant racism in the Army, it astounded me, and I had trouble dealing with some of my fellow “whites”.
Long story short… now when I visit my home town and see all the black and brown people that I meet on the street, encounter in businesses or live next door to my relatives, I must admit to having a feeling akin to the "warm fuzzies", a good feeling, not just toward my home town, but the whole country. Things have really changed, and if that’s a “liberal Utopiaville” well, I like it. And I’m not going to let Donald Trump and his dog whistle Republican minions poison my optimism by trying to lurch my country back into THEIR version of “Utopiaville”. It is as disturbing now as it was when I first encountered it.
Thanks, John, for the enlightened perspective.
This guy Tannim is either a really old crank or a 12 year old himself. The level of immaturity in his comments should embarrass him/her. I mean, "Hazy-hurts?"
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
"state secret" reporter like sister - who damages gun control by making stupid statements about magazines that have no more bullets.
City leadership is either crooked or clueless. Not only are the potholes GETTING WORSE--- the malarkey "City For Chumps" is proceeding at record pace-
The entire construction zone between 8th street on 24 and the 25 interchange is a disaster. You dang near need an MSHA certification, hard hat and orange vest to drive through it.
Too bad Joel Miller was not elected as Mayor. We should probably go ahead and try and impeach someone, at least remind the bologna political class that we are maybe able to assert a bit of power? We sure could use leaders like Brandi Williams back in office- we have a lot of great opportunities- how fun is it to imagine who could replace Lamborn? so fun....
TOPS is flawed. What kind of land acquisition program fails to consider future maintenance and upkeep? Time to take TOPS back to the drawing board before it bankrupts us all to pay for its own shortcomings.
"Let's establish a funding mechanism for permanent dedicated sustainable funding for our parks system."
That's code for more taxes, y'all.
"Colorado Springs ranks in the bottom third of Front Range cities for parks land per person."
Acreage per person is irrelevant. Colorado Springs has a jeweled necklace of great parks: Palmer Park, Ute Valley Park, Bear Creek, Red Rock Canyon, Monument Valley, and of course Garden of the Gods, with plenty of smaller and pocket parks all over town.
If the goal is to preserve and protect our parks, then the Council simply needs to address it in the budget better. That's on them, not on the taxpayers.
"I was a snobby 12-year-old..."
And now you're a snobby 76 year-old. Haven't learned a thing, have you, Hazy-hurts?
Only a true schmuck like you could segue from a classic movie like Singing in the Rain to racism.
Why don't you enjoy the movie for what it is, and take your race-baiting with you somewhere else where less-evolved people drink that crap up?
Oh, wait, that place is your liberal Utopiaville...
Tom DeLorey: Doug Bruce and Helen Collins warned you about this. They were right.
David Johnson: see what Tom DeLorey was asking about.
Don McCullen: why so obsessed about voyeurism in bathrooms unless you're the one doing it? If you're so obsessed about sexualizing bodily functions, then only go to the bathroom in your home--where the bathroom is already transgender whether you like it or not. Just remember to put the seat down when you're done.
Tom and David. West Uintah drivers worry about a DUI for dodging craters. But the new gutters sure look nice. The city wants to extend Centenial. But before they do maybe they should take care of the one they have. We west siders are buying up moon rovers just to get home.
Respect the vote. How is smell more important than lives? The neighbors grill makes me sick every night! Why does the mayor want to make good citizens into criminals?
Smart innovative people - why are so many north of El Paso County?
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