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Ken Brickman, you talk like a bureaucrat.
Paid parking is nothing new and when I go to Manitou I usually pay at the lot instead of wasting time searching for an open space. Stop crying and build a shuttle that goes between Old Colo City and Manitou. Tourists can pay for parking at one site and visit both for one price benefiting everyone-less traffic on the streets blocking the locals, more shopping for tourists.
To reduce congestion, to improve quality of experience, to be regionally competitive, to ease tax burdens from businesses and residents, to improve a walkable city center, to reduce accidents, to encourage cyclists, for guests to stay a little longer- these are the reasons that paying to park is a good idea.
No matter your view, acknowledge and thank the shopkeepers when you're there. The ice cream zombies can make them feel invisible.
Yeah, we're cheap and lazy because we don't want to be taxed just to visit the Manitou localities we enjoy. As far as finding a free parking place a few blocks away, this ordinance is intended to be implemented even in RESIDENTIAL areas like Ruxton Ave. So, not only can I not visit the Kinfolk or the Keg without being taxed, but I can't visit my friends who happen to be Manitou residents either. You've proven yourself to not consider the full implications of this idiotic and draconian law. Nobody benefits from the structure of Manitou Springs. It's quite the opposite, actually. Manitou Springs, its local businesses, and its residents benefit from the revenue brought in by the heavy influx of tourism during the summer months, as well as other west siders that enjoy the Manitou locale. This ordinance will do nothing but hamper that revenue.
If you lived in Manitou, which is a tourist destination, you should be glad that those out-of-towners who benefit from the infrastructure of this city will be paying their fare share.
As for paying for parking, you guys are all cheapskates. And, of course, if you are local, you can always find a free place to park blocks away and then walk.
You have proven yourself to be both cheap and lazy.... I'll still be riding my bike to Manitou and quaffing a beer at Kinfolk. Guess there will be more room at the bar now.....
I live in Old Colorado City, and I can tell you with certainty that I won't be visiting Manitou nearly as often, if at all until this ridiculous tax is lifted. Everything that I need is within walking distance from my apartment, and I have no desire to pay the MSPD or the Manitou city council that are of no benefit to the town over which they preside just to visit the penny arcade or the Mariner. This will do nothing but garnish revenue for the local businesses that have given Manitou its only desirable qualities, which the MSPD and city council are working incredibly hard to destroy.
Hey, Hill, do you think gridlock is any way related to only having one lane in each direction instead of two? Think about it.
GOOOOOODD!! It took me 35 minutes to get out of town last Saturday. The tourists are making gridlock with their cars making it impossible to function as a resident. Park your cars in a free spot out of the main area and WALK your fat asses in.
Thanks for the warning, I will probably not bother going there anymore. I used to go during the off season when it wasn't so crowded. Nothing there I want bad enough to pay for parking. Bummer that they have done this. Smarter approach would have been to offer free parking for folks from El Paso and Teller counties and just charge the tourists...
Welcome to the progressive world of the uber-anal Mayor Marc Snyder. You thought Marcy Morrison was bad for Manitou, think again. What a dumbass move by the mayor and his brain dead council. Good luck getting any of the Springs locals to visit Manitou in the winter when businesses need them most. What a moron.
Well, for those looking for more toxic exposure in their lives, you could market it as Barium, Benzene and Blues Under the Bridge.
Kat...take a chill pill. These things take massive and continual exposure to cause any problems.
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I highly recommend that you ask the city if it is safe to be under that bridge now that it has been contaminated by the blowing dust from the demolition project next door at 25 Cimino.
My property adjacent to the bridge was heavily contaminated by that dust which contained 17 deadly carcinogens and many unsavory heavy metals. Ask the city to have that area cleaned before you spend any time there. Please don't take children to hang out there during the festival unless the city has cleaned the area by then.
Nothing better than the blues.
I live in Seattle and my friend lives in Baltimore .. and we flew to your festival to hear Koko Taylor! What an amazing woman she was, and what a great festival it was! We bought our blues memorabilia, talked to a lot of people, listened to a lot of great music and had a wonderful time. Maybe it's time for us to come back!
Difficult to understand why the road should be be vacated if it is going to remain. Why not just close it when it needs to be closed? Have orchestrated that on occasion -- there is a payment for offduty police officers and barricades but it's minimal. It would be cheaper and much more effective in case of emergency.
Just put in some wide tunnels under the road with some first class landscaping.
That road belongs to all of the citizens of Colorado Springs...not just the Broadmoor and its well-heeled members.
Amusing that we the citizens just funded a 13 million dollar addition to the zoo and now the Broadmoor is going to block access to it.
So far Anshutz has made our paper a Denver Post supplement, and now he is taking over a section of our city for himself, all while he blocks improvements to the downtown.
Send the old fart back to Denver...
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