A downtown stadium?! Don't even think about it:
Instead, "Fix our bridges already" along with other existing infrastructure:
Please read on his public Facebook page Colorado Springs Council Member Joel Miller's 10 reasons for why he is opposed to the "City of Champions" proposal: https://www.facebook.com/JoelMillerColorad…
This mayor is a menace to this city and this proposal for the stadium and other buildings is absolutely ridiculous. We have to re-establish some realistic priorities in this city and vote in a better Mayor as soon as we can.
You might like the segment from 1:25 - 2:30 in this episode - http://podbay.fm/show/536258179/e/13423536… . The Night Vale Stadium sounds like a bit the plans for a new downtown Colorado Springs stadium. Maybe a hooded figure gathering would help get the numbers to where they need to be to make a new stadium financially viable.
If the Sky Sox Stadium is moved to downtown, what will be the effect on the Powers Blvd business complex? The retail businesses in that area (Walmart, Target, Lowes, many restaurants, movie theaters, etc., etc.) represent sales tax revenue to the city that is about 40 times larger than the sales tax that is presently collected downtown.
Walmart is the largest private employer in the city. Target and Lowes are also very significant contributors to city employment and tax revenues. These businesses deserve full recognition of their contributions. Downtown is really represented by about six politically connected landowners who are pushing for government subsidies for their bad land purchases. Government subsidies have been used downtown for over fifty years. Any good conservative knows government subsidies don't work. And they won't work this time either.
Similar reasoning applies to the silly attempts to move the Air Force Academy visitors center to downtown. Why not put a visitors center for Yellowstone National Park in the Antler's hotel complex? Answer -- People go to the Air Force Academy because that is where they want to be. The same applies to Yellowstone National Park. So the downtown businesses need to find a way to make people want to go there. Free internet cafes? Free wi-fi? How about free parking? Vastly improved street networks? There are many opportunities, but subsidizing losing businesses won't make them successful.
The mayor is bonkers to think that this should actually happen. Maybe if he could get the roads in shape first.
Thanks, Mr. Mullin, for a terrific article. From the moment Mayor Bach announced his Grand Plan, I was against it. The stadium etc is not a good idea just because he says it is. The info in this article is exactly what the electorate needs to help decide if the stadium is worth building. Furthermore, if something BIG must be done to "revitalize" downtown, then I want a sparkling new library built on the very spot intended for the stadium. And I'm agreeable to paying a special assessment property tax or whatever to fund it. Also, within walking distance of ATB park, let the private sector build a year-round farmer's market, with small restaurants serving market foods, art galleries, and vendors selling handcrafted wares. Sorta like Seattle's Pike Place Market, sans the flying fish.
Detroit has a MAJOR league baseball stadium. It sure worked great for them.
It's a shame that such an expensive proposition has been short-sheeted when it comes to a true business analysis. For instance, I saw no analysis of the location of current season ticket holders and no discussion of their future willingness to drive 25 minutes and pay $10 to park to see a game. My guess is that many will choose to drop those tickets.
I voted for this mayor but will not do so again, as I am tired of his behind the back deals to address his own agenda with no regard to general public needs or input.
Omaha moved its stadium to the suburbs to make room for a brand new downtown stadium to host the college World Series and other high dollar generating events. They would have never moved it without another stadium going in. Most cities also have growth and sprawl (like Woodmen and Powers) but they also keep focus on their core downtown. Stadiums, science centers and museums are usually..........Downtown.
what a lovely tribute to two fine people. I always enjoyed seeing both Jeannie and Pam when I was in Poor Richard's and was so very heartbroken over their deaths. They would be SO very proud of you for writing this! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with your readers.
Thanks Ron, well stated.
The utilities were turned off by direction of the mayor and there was no water to keep 346 houses from burning...right, good job utilities department.
And the fire started when The DEA decided to burn some pot...so that is where everyone should look to cover their bank costs.
So I wonder, how will selling a crown jewel of the city for a one time shot of cash benefit the citizens in the long run? Is it better than a constant annual stream of cash direct to the city's coffers ($31 million this year) with no "middleman" (i.e. shareholders)? I doubt it. And could the Koch brothers, who provided campaign funding to Mayor Bach, be involved?
How do constant rate hikes needed to pay distant shareholders concerned only with investment returns benefit our community?
In terms of service and rates, there is a similar situation in Pasadena CA and surrounding communities. Pasadena, like Colorado Springs, owns their electric company. Surrounding communities recieve power from an IOU. During a recent Santa Ana windstorm considerable damage occured. Who had the least amount of damage and fastest restoral of service? Why you guessed it, Pasadena with its city owned utility. For more information, see these articles written by Dr. John Grula in the Pasadena weekly.
Per the reference to wildfire response in your first comment, you do realize that Los Angeles has a Municipal electric utility, right? Large, successful municipal utilities can be found across the country. Almost all are highly valued by their citizen-owners. Only in a far right wing wacko land like C. Springs are so many anxious to cleanse themselves of the sin of a City Owned Enterprise, despite its many benefits.
This article is about not selling the electric division to Xcel. By the way Xcel employees came to the Springs to help restore services. Hente forgot to mention that fact
Sam, this article pertained to the Waldo Canyon fire and the successful heroic efforts by employees of CSU to fight it. The last thing I heard was that the fire was probably started by humans. I'm not sure why you brought up global warming, or as others see it, cyclical weather changes seen throughout history.
Im Just wondering where all these green electric plug in cars are getting there power from ,are you thinking it's not from a coal power plant ? Coal is better than nuke or oil fired , and natural gas fired. Clean burning bag house type power plants Are more cost effective. I have owned four homes in Colorado Springs two with solar heat and hot water, it really can help offset utilities cost, however It is not an affordable option for many individuals. Did you know CSU ,actually goes to great lengths to educate how to save energy ,conserve water and be more green. They also own hydro plants at USAFA (co-op) and Manitou springs. Purchase wind energy, Did you know that cows also cause global warming.
There is no one right answer. But selling Drake or "moving" Martin drake
Is a bad idea and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to find out is
Kinda wasteful also!
It's ironic that CSU is doubling down on burning more coal which is causing global warming. Global warming has and will continue to cause record summer temperatures and ultimately more wild land fires.
Finally, it is a non-sequitor to believe that a Investor Owned Utility would not have responded in the same way during an emergency. Wild land fires occur in San Diego and Los Angeles on a regular basis and the IOU's work promptly and professionally to restore service.
Dave, you're most welcome.
There's a new book out by James Kunstler called Too Much Magic. Though a bit extreme in his predictions and descriptive language, he makes a case that we are in "The Long Emergency" where the world's massive population is causing resource depletion and leading us to a major "contraction," from which we simply cannot invent our way of as we have in past crises, and that we can't even forge a consensus on what to do about it (gridlock in Congress and acrimony over Global Warming / Climate Change).
Meanwhile, author Michael Klare tells us is in "The Race for What's Left" that earth's resources are largely gone and competition (war?) for resources will intensify. Author Stephen Leeb made the same case in "The Oil Factor" back in 2003.
A good discussion of the issues derived from the people problem (and relevant books) is found in this article: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2…
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