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Runs through the end of January 2010.
John ~ While you dine at the Famous with the connected and famous, the rest of us are looking at the numbers and documents that were submitted to the EDC and eating our lunches from home at our desk. History of sports stadiums around the country tells us to be careful. Over-inflated numbers of attendance by soccer fans based on median attendance around the country in the existing league from a yet completely formed team tells us to be careful. While many fall into bankruptcy and rely on city coffers to pay the bills, I find all this rah-rahing about how much we need this stadium to keep USOC here in the Springs to be very disconcerting, considering how much we've already committed to them. UCCS has already stated that they will be building the Sports Medicine Complex ANYWAY. And their representative at the town hall meeting I attended alluded to those figures for the stadium being looked at carefully to determine whether it was viable or not, too. I don't think anyone is more supportive of the need to make our Downtown healthy and viable than I am, but to suggest that without the stadium we will lose USOC is just plain wrong and irresponsible.
Our city needs a green, sustainable growth energy plan, more open space, green parks for the people, great public transportation, uncontaminated waterways, a plan to address our failing infrastructure and storm water issues, a healthy, a viable small business friendly Downtown, more light manufacturing spaces, a concerted effort to overcome the reliance on the military-industrial complex, an effort to change the image of us being a conservative religious right-wing population, great schools and educational opportunities, a viable effort to combat homelessness by building a center for them and more housing. Those are the plans that will attract new companies and jobs to our city. Not, a "build it and they will come" stadium with usage only 6 months out of the year and no information about who will own it, run it and pay the bills. Transparency is key. Let them SELL us the idea and if it's viable, they have nothing to fear from a vote from the people rather than relying on "A-List Players" to tell us what we need or want or what we should pay for.
I support our members of City Council that are doing their jobs and researching the facts, as I would urge all citizens to do. EDC monies are OUR dollars. Urban Renewal monies are OUR dollars. Sales Tax Revenues are OUR dollars. We should have a say in how they are used.
Funny, how all mention of the DADA project, where the entire group of artists in the area were on board to try and make the Gas Utilities building and surrounding park area a big, wonderful, walking district for the arts, is not mentioned. People like Elaine Bean, et al, devoted hours and hours and monies to design a project that would have been super as affordable space for artists and also bring an element of grace to a long-time historic district for the arts. Silly us. USOC got the building and Cottonwood School was forced to vacate their space. Way to go City and Urban Renewal. You got what you wanted. Instead of a viable art and shopping area for tourists and locals to enjoy that would help to draw people to the downtown core area, you got more blight.
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As the owner of Rainy Days Silkscreen Studio I must say how honored I was to be a part of this project. Just a note of clarification....I am located in the Depot Arts District, under the Colorado Bridge in the same building as the Smokebrush Gallery....not in Manitou as the article states. Peace!
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