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Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

I'd welcome fewer opinions and blue sky proposals and a little more hard data on the demographics of the city and the planning forecast. The city is growing north and east, yet the constant conversation seems to be south and west. The motto is "If you build it, they will come." The question is: "Who are they?"

Why is the city growing -- military? New industries (unlikely when there is no immediate water source)? Tourist traffic? How does all this divide up? Where are the jobs going to coming from to pay for all the new houses -- or will the core of the city hollow out as population growth slows in the country and people move to newer areas?

The population is aging, which means more trips to the hospital. Yet the one hospital nearest downtown seems to be moving north to the top of a hill that the best driver has trouble with in bad weather. The county has moved social services far away from the center of the bus service that many low income people depend on. How will the majority of the population access any number of services -- flying there hanging off a drone?

There's a lot of wish fulfillment around. The planning to make the city work is piecemeal at best. Let's quit worrying about C4C and start getting basic services in order.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 03/04/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

Rolf-

Naysayers? Naysayers to what- a bad idea? You bet. It's not that we "don't dream big", it's simply that this is a bad idea. It's a good article and I like reading the column- but my opinion is that it's a bad idea. A lot of people share this opinion.

I have an opinion of what we should do with the downtown area. My opinion is wonderful. Other people have opinions too, I doubt many are as good as mine but I'm sure it'd be a scale.

I'd love to hear other people's opinions on what to do with the downtown area. Actually, some might be better than mine! We've never had the opportunity to discuss this matter, as a city public to the public servants who represent us. The city dropped this proposal, somehow secured funding and got a few rubber stamps, and now what? Where's the money and what are we going to do with it? How many firms did we hire for design and price analysis- for what? This is all wasted money, to a bad idea. If there is money around for some project, get the public in now. Get a comprehensive input to make a unique project for our city.

Or- divert the money to get clean water for residents in our south-end.

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Posted by KyleJS on 03/03/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “The legend of Pearl the dog

I remember running into her once, and trying to catch her; obviously, she wouldn't come close enough to grab. After I ran into her, I started following her status on Facebook. I am soo glad that she finally made it home!

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Posted by Dani Toppins on 03/03/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

About the only good thing to come out of the C4C proposal was that it showed how little could be done without public support.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 03/03/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Reader: Let the transportation marketplace figure it out on its own

Ever since humans began walking upright, they have been searching for better ways to get from point A to point B. Lyft and Uber are the latest entries, and as always new ways are being resisted by those who are invested in the old ways. Mr. Castle is correct. Let the marketplace and the consumers decide.

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Posted by John Howell on 03/03/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

Why put a stadium in the downtown area? We do not have a way to handle the traffic problems it would create, I25 is overcrowded as it is, and the downtown streets are impossible if anything is happening right now. There has to be a better choice that this, one that would have room for parking, while avoiding traffic jams. I know boosters want to draw people to downtown, but this isn't the way.

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Posted by Beth Heinrich on 03/02/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

You forgot to mention one little thing about all of us naysayers: we are the ones who get stuck with the bill when all the best laid plans of those who "think big" collapse and fail.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/02/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

Great article and a great idea.

Let's not give up. Please keep writing about this and don't listen to the nay sayers. They always think small.

Let's be like Palmer and Penrose and the others dreamers. It's in our original DNA.

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Posted by Rolf Jacobson on 03/02/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Reader: Confidential CSPD source is doing the public a disservice

How does Mr. Addy know the anonymous officer did not first "stand up to try to improve the department" from within? Perhaps he did and got nowhere, or, worse yet, was threatened if he did not drop it.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/02/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Reader: Confidential CSPD source is doing the public a disservice

oh please you act like we havnt been here watching mr. corruption in action!!! his police force is questionable. and he himself should have been remove years ago....

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 03/02/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

I specifically asked this question 4 years ago and was told "NO". The culture of the campus atmosphere required the stadium to remain where it is. In addition I was told they were raising funds to make it larger on the AFA campus. It was also mentioned in conjunction with the new visitors center. We are not a sports centric town and we have the Broadmoor fighting us for convention space. Our strength is livability. Lets concentrate on several large downtown living projects. Designed as rent controlled living areas with access to bike-able schools, grocery stores and science museums.

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 03/02/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Reader: Get over it, Hillary (and Obama) lost!

When a candidate who gets significantly fewer votes is the "winner", and the candidate who gets the MOST votes is the "loser" there is only one conclusion any objective observer can make, and that is that the current President was elected by a MINORITY of voters.
The voters whose candidate got the MOST votes have not gone away, and are not now somehow magically "a minority". This particular twig of legitimacy to which Trump supporters cling is being greatly strained under the weight of their own denial.
Unfortunately, we ALL now labor under the fact that the ONLY office that represents ALL Americans is NOT elected by a democratic vote of all Americans. Having happened twice in this young century, I'm of the notion that combined with voter suppression efforts and successful gerrymandering, our democracy is diminishing to the point of extinction. The insanity is that nobody is doing anything to fix this bizarre condition, and the minority, like Mr. Marshall here, continues to smugly gloat about it.

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Posted by asawatcher on 03/01/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

It's a decent idea, full of typical wide-eyed wonderment. These great ideas, and mine, require buckets of "free" money from taxpayers elsewhere. That's the real game in America, getting someone ELSE to pay for what you want; our Federal budget has money and tax loopholes for every vested interest on earth.

Perhaps a better idea is to rearrange the access roads around Falcon Stadium to isolate and keep the stadium outside of the security perimeter of the USAFA so it may be accessed without the security hassles. Throw in an off ramp from the Interquest Parkway exit of I-25 that can be open for events to gain better access on game days. Put a roof over Falcon Stadium and call it a done deal. But that won't happen if the Air Force has to pony up the money for any of this, see comment above about getting free money.

In a state that rejected hosting an Olympic Games, ultra conservative and ultra cheap Colorado Springs isn't about to 'spring' for a damned thing, especially with TABOR still on the books.

If private money wants to do all these things, fine, have at it, but when developers and pols talk about 'free enterprise' what they mean is free money from taxpayers suckered yet again.

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Posted by OldCrank on 03/01/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

Ralph, I am not a supporter of the downtown stadium, for a number of reasons. Here is a link to a comprehensive article from the Fresno Bee, outlining the difficulties that Chuchancy Park; THEIR tax payer supported downtown stadium; has faced since it's inception. I think this is a useful case study with an eerily similiar situation to what the powers-that-be want to do here...

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/political-notebook/article74826227.html

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Posted by Jeff Hirtle on 03/01/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

Wow..."It would need key leaders to buy in, embrace the potential and seize the opportunity."

We'd also need key leaders to steal about $1 billion from taxpayers....come to think if it, it may just be possible.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/01/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Reader: Get over it, Hillary (and Obama) lost!

I agree, you Trumpers got played like his show The Apprentice and now our country will pay for this major fubar! God help America!

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Posted by guruD on 02/28/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Reader: Get over it, Hillary (and Obama) lost!

sorry bub, the promises the meow grabber lying sac made to you will not happen. all he will accomplish is to enrich himself, his family and his rich buddies... not you hillbillies that fell for his lies... sorry but you gullible bumpkins were taken by a big city billionaire. you messed up... you trusted him... bwaaahahahahaha!!

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Posted by happyfew on 02/28/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Reader: Get over it, Hillary (and Obama) lost!

Lol...the electoral college doesn't represent majority opinion. Trump won the shitty states because liberals are fleeing the confederacy and rural states to be in decent places like CA, WA, CO, and OR. This is a trend. Also, do you not know any queer people? If you did, you wouldn't be saying "get over it." I beg you, please leave the west side. Why do you hate academics so much?

"Those who hate him are lost souls." Nope, we just care about equality, knowledge, and the environment. You don't care as long as there's a hideous white man in charge.

"I hate Hillary and Obama because they know things that I don't and they speak like professors! I want my president to represent me as a racist, homophobic, knowledgeless fool!"
Tyler

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Posted by tylers1992 on 02/28/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Parting words from the Sage

John;
Ive enjoyed many of your columns that dredged up the nostalgia and my "old geezer" memories of growing up in the Springs more than 60 years ago. My, how things have changed................

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Posted by asawatcher on 02/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Reader: Spare us from a Robert Dear execution trial

religious freaks defending murder... WOW!!

the law will never be changed and planned parenthood does a lot of good work for women who need it. please keep your fairy tales to yourselves and get over yourselves and stop acting like fundamentalist, bigoted, racist, holier than thou, clueless and ignorant bullies.

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Posted by happyfew on 02/27/2017 at 9:11 AM

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