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....
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Thank you Bob.
I agree, you Trumpers got played like his show The Apprentice and now our country will pay for this major fubar! God help America!
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!!
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!"
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................
Great post, Bob. I recently wrote about the same topic after reading Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods".
Bob, thanks for your blog. What jumps out at me is Castle Rock's willingness to invest in a park - significantly, and make it a "budget priority." They get it! I've visited this park on a weekend and it's packed with active people. You better believe realtors are bringing out of town perspective buyers to see this park. I'm sure business leaders are doing the same with companies considering relocation.
I'm not saying we need to build a new $30 million dollar park. But we need to invest more in what makes this community great - our parks!
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.
This may be the first time I've disagreed with anything Mr. Falcone has written, but in this case I don't think Colorado Springs should be faulted in this case:
The way that people use parks (and recreate in general) has changed dramatically over time - Garden of the Gods used to have observation platforms drilled into several of the rock formations, there used to be a dance/picnic pavilion just below Cheyenne Canyon, and much of Monument Valley Park goes unused because it was designed for the way people liked to stroll in the 1890's. On the positive side, the city hasn't actually stopped keeping up with some of the recent trends, we have do have BMX/Freestyle/DJ bike parks, Pickleball courts, frisbee golf courses, and modern playgrounds in the most popular parks.
The kind of development currently taking place in Castle Rock is a very modern kind of style based on the way people currently want to use parks (as outdoor fitness centers heavy on the equipment). How much do you want to bet that all the things they're putting in now will still be popular in 30 years when trends have changed again? If anything, Colorado Springs is incredibly fortunate that our current park system is open, simple, and adaptable. We have our many neighborhood parks and some fantastic open spaces which have retained their charm and utility for many decades even if they lack the latest fancy amenities.
If the city is to be faulted for anything, it's that the further south and further east you go, the amount of space set aside as parkland decreases and parks are often isolated instead of being part of a more continuous system - but those are flaws associated with the sprawling development, not specifically the result of a failure to seek out more public-private park development. Yes, we need more parks, and yes, the parks need more funding to preserve what we already have (have you seen the erosion occurring in north Pulpit Rock O.S. caused by inadequate stormwater drainage?), but building fancy new facilities in select public parks isn't going to save the system - in fact it might actually draw off funds that could be used better elsewhere.
America has been conned by the PT Barnum of our time. Promising both sides they will get what they want is the mantra of a true huxter and many in this country fell for it hook line and sinker. Now as he pushes an agenda that endangers everything this country stands for as he sweetens the flow of cash back to the 1% he is a member of. How can anyone even think this man is honest on any level when he has spent his whole life cheating and disenfranchising thousands of people to amass his ill gotten fortune. Now to keep prying eyes from reporting the depth of his corruption he holds the press and media at arms length while pumping lies out at a rate that is staggering to anyone who still has a sense of what is ethical and good. Yeah I got the message that you don't like Hillary but to put this mentally ill bag of wind in charge of the nuclear codes is nothing short of suicide.
Cities and counties shouldn't be taking on DEBT to build parks.
I am sad to observe that there doesn't seem to be a town or city in Colorado which doesn't far exceed Colorado Springs in this regard. And that despite the fact that in terms of natural gifts of nature, Colorado Springs is the most blessed. It's all about the leadership. And luckily for us, that is subject to replacement and change. Vote.
False equivalence. Diversion. A fetus is not "people."
Dear's actions are criminal. Abortion is legal. If you can't see the difference, you're not looking hard enough.
Your argument is why guys like Dear do what they do. They believe murder is justified to "save the babies." I repeat. Abortion is legal. Murder is not.
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