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Re: “City Council seeks volunteer food policy advisors

I'm leery of the intentions of the FPAB since reading Gaebler's guest column in the Gazette in Feb in which she wrote that there should be a food store within a 10-minute walking distance of every resident in COS. Is this loopy idea typical of what the FPAB will be promoting?

Agree that local food producers are fighting an uphill battle against Big Bad Ag. The locals, such as Mike Callicrate of Ranch Foods Direct, need help, but do they need the "help" of the FPAB? Callicrate and his board are moving forward on making the Public Market a reality and when the doors finally open, the Market will be the catalyst that will make all kinds of good things happen in the local food world. The best city govt can do is clear the roadblocks and keep out of the way of the doers and entrepreneurs like Callicrate and his merry band of food enthusiasts.

Posted by curious on 06/01/2015 at 10:26 PM

Re: “So how much is a hospital worth?

Before worrying about anyone else's properties, Doug might consider getting his own properties in order. Here's a fine example of his ongoing felonious activities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7j8MeLUO9…

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Posted by Owen on 06/01/2015 at 8:02 PM

Re: “City Council seeks volunteer food policy advisors

Have to agree Staci. With our basic infrastructure priorities, why is council sticking their noses into this subject? One clue is that its the Jan Martin clone, Jill Gaebler. Never enough nannies in the progressive nanny state.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 06/01/2015 at 7:10 PM

Re: “City Council seeks volunteer food policy advisors

Look at the streets. Do we need city government involved in the food chain?

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Posted by Staci6 on 06/01/2015 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Shop around Colorado Springs

Three businesses listed for Old Colorado City? When most of the Independent Best of Categories are ranked in Old Colorado City? You have the best local Restaurants, local Artists, a great Comic and Collectables store, Custom Jewelers, a Gaming Shop, Lorig's Western wear, Children's Clothing, a year round Holiday Shop and my shop Podiatryst Shoe Salon(#2 shoe store in the Best of 2014). Where were your writers, at their desks?

Posted by Alex Laszar on 06/01/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “So how much is a hospital worth?

Bruce was persecuted by the Gazette for owing $7500 in taxes. At the same time, the assessed value of Jenkins newly acquired property was reduced by $1.8M, which reduced the tax due. Which one is the tax evader?

From a Gazette article 4.4.14: "Centura Health, St. Francis' parent company, confirmed the sale. But Centura spokesman Johnny Rea declined to identify the buyer, why the price was a fraction of the property's market value or other details. That prohibition against discussing the deal was part of the sale contract - although Rea said he couldn't discuss why." The details were to be kept secret. Why?

If $2.5M is the cost of rehabbing St. Francis, why not demolish this not particularly beautiful building and erect a condo skyscraper? Are skyscrapers to be permitted only in and around the to-be-built stadium?

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Posted by curious on 06/01/2015 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Lamborn: Working for the Broadmoor

This isn't a bad deal for the taxpayers. The Broadmoor already has a long-term lease on the land they're acquiring, and in return the public gets a large inholding on the west side of Pikes Peak, plus insurance that Barr Trail will continue to be publicly accessible. The Broadmoor gets to own its improvements to Emerald Valley Ranch. Win-win.

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Posted by Jim Davies on 05/29/2015 at 9:19 PM

Re: “The Front Range fracas: Switchbacks vs. Rapids

Please look at the level of play. USL is not minor league soccer. USL has been around longer and has seeded many MLS teams. The difference is the $ available and spent due to corporate sponsorship. MLS gets the press because they buy it.

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Posted by Jim Hake on 05/29/2015 at 6:31 PM
Posted by Bryce E. Crawford on 05/29/2015 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Front Range fracas: Switchbacks vs. Rapids

As the Founder of Trailheads SG (Switchback FC's Independent Support Group) I reached out to the Rapids FO after the Switchbacks (third!) defeat of Utah, and was told they have no ticketing info as of yet. As soon as they do I will have it up on the Trailheads Facebook page!

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Posted by ChrisE on 05/29/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “The Front Range fracas: Switchbacks vs. Rapids

Only in Soccer can a minor league team play a major league team in a tournament where the winner plays in an international tournament the following year against the winners of leagues/cups from North & Central America. Now they just need promotion/relegation. :-)

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Posted by dp72 on 05/29/2015 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Lamborn: Working for the Broadmoor

John Murphy...your disdain for anybody but the crony class is so evident. "4X4 Crowd" "maurauders" Check your principles.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/29/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Lamborn: Working for the Broadmoor

Here is the pervasive problem with politicians from any political persuasion. They are captive and beholden to the entities that fund their campaigns. Good for Zubeck for digging this up. Securing the Broadmoor's permanent unfettered ownership of Emerald Valley means millions to them so the investment in Lamborn's campaigns is a very worthwhile investment for the Broadmoor. Until citizens start to show some outrage for these kind of backscratching deals, our republic--at the local, state and federal levels--is doomed.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 05/29/2015 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Lamborn: Working for the Broadmoor

Whoopie! Lamborn's second piece of legislation that might get signed into law with the help of members of the Democratic delegation of Colorado. Two pieces of legislation in 8-1/2 years passed at a total cost of $4.25M per piece of legislation. We voters of CO5 have really got our money's worth don't you think from this representative?

You have remember this is the same representative that cuts funding for our young military families, senior citizens and children living in poverty. You can see his priorities is with the 1% not the majority of his constituents.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/28/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Lamborn: Working for the Broadmoor

oh I cant even wait to see how the religious extremists tear Lamborn up for aiding the homosexual agenda with Polis...hahahahaha!

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Posted by carolyncathey on 05/28/2015 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Thanks Leticia, we'll add it to our listings.

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Posted by Edie Adelstein on 05/28/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Hi; I just wanted to pass along there will be a Community Market in Fountain at City Hall (116 South Main Street, Fountain 80817) Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm starting June 3rd until September 30th.

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Posted by Leticia Ward on 05/28/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Pondering sprawl

JO_URBANIST

First, if we are going to get into semantics about variations in density, I think its important to note that there is no precise definition of sprawl.

Second, studies indicate that artificial limits to growth are the single most important cause of high and volatile housing prices. Additionally, the implementation of artificial growth limits like green belts often have the opposite effect on sprawl. Instead of blocking sprawl, businesses and residences often relocate outside of the greenbelt and enjoy lower property taxes.The attractiveness of the surrounding area eventually increases, leading to further development and sprawl in rural areas. The next thing you know you have a special district popping up in the middle of an unincorporated area of your county.

As I stated before, every policy has a negative externality. Taking into account the dynamics noted above, how do you stop sprawl without actually exacerbating it? Is the solution a City and County of Colorado Springs?

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Posted by Colorado_Skeptic on 05/27/2015 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Pondering sprawl

I wont argue with you Leloupe. The NIH study was simply to spark discussion, but the follow-on studies I mentioned provide additional and relevant discussion points related to urban fatigue. There is certainly mental illness in rural America, but you don't get urban fatigue in rural America.

A rational person would recognize that the very fact that you have to employ urban greening to mitigate urban fatigue should tell you something about the psychological impact of high density living. You don't see rural municipalities transplanting a 12 story apartment building into their landscape so that Ted Kaczynski can cope with his mental condition. Why is that?

I agree that Colorado Springs is a far off comparison to Brooklyn, but I am looking 20-30 years into the future. Urban planning is about strategic long-term planning and shaping your future living conditions. My concern is not about moderate and visionary Urban Planners like JO, who advocate for mixed-use districts (I am a fan). My concern is for the more radical Urban Planners who want to impose their vision of high density living in a concrete jungle with a 12 x 12 shared green space.

This is America, so you have to consider that not all Americans want to raise their kids in that type of environment (no matter how incredible you think it is). You have to find a balance through the process of evidence-based proposals and civic engagement. Since this is Colorado Springs, you have to provide more definitive evidence of the positive impact of density (that is what JO's blog is about). What you cant do is expect the community to buy into increasingly higher density and TIF without presenting a good case for change. You also have to be upfront with the results and not cherry pick the data. Every policy has negative externalities, so you have to describe the good and the bad and present the costs to the community. Its not just about painting a rosy picture of your proposal and then a destructive picture of the current policy. An Armageddon approach will only go so far. You are asking people to make a long-term behavioral change and that takes more than fear.

Lastly, I would ask you to re-read the IU crime study. I am not sure you were able to absorb the salient points presented in the research.

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Posted by Colorado_Skeptic on 05/27/2015 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Lamborn: Working for the Broadmoor

At least he's doing something for somebody besides the churches. I think it is a fair deal. The 4x4 crowd had torn up the Emerald Valley road, left burned, stolen, car carcases up there and shot up the place. It was a menace to hikers and bicyclists. We can still hike up there on the pipeline trail and get up to Duffield Meadows, Miller Peak, and Black Mountain. I wish Rep. LAMBORN well in this endeavor as we will gain far more acerage than we lose, and the maurauders won't be there as you have to walk in on the land to be swapped.

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Posted by John Murphy on 05/27/2015 at 4:05 PM

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