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You hinted at it without really saying it. You're both a victim of sprawl as well. You've both overbuilt infrastructure and you don't have the tax base to maintain it in the long run. You've abandoned your core (downtown) and built consecutive ring-roads towards the plains.
Yeah...I don't know if poaching jobs from another state is really "job creation". It's a race to the bottom w/ which community can provide the lowest taxes/highest services. Those costs too often get dumped on the public.
I'm not saying all subsidies or incentives are bad, but they MUST provide a positive ROI.
I suggest that any visitor or business owner not wanting metered parking read work done by Donald Shoup. Parking is a scarce commodity and we generally under-price it. That leads to people staying in one spot for a long time and keeping others (customers) from using it.
In Parking Demand Management, the ideal is one or two spots open on every block. Those that want to park right in front of high-value areas pay more than those that are willing to park a few blocks away and walk.
One other thing...in many places, business owners over-estimate the number of customers that arriving by personal motor vehicle and thus over-emphasize free or low cost parking. I imagine that may be the case in Manitou as well.
Seems to me someone ought to go into council and disparage every one of them, dare to be arrested (or whatever the penalty might be), then sue the pants off of CS for 1st Amendment violations.
Funny thing is, a building like that wouldn't even be put up today. Why? B/c we tax "improvements" to the land. No investor in their right mind would build w/ those kind of materials b/c the tax assessment would just be too high. Tax the value of the land, not the improvements and you'll see a significant improvement in architectural quality.
The other thing I'd like to add is that the Springs is probably already "too big for it's breeches" in land area. There's no way the massive horizontal growth of the Springs can pay for itself over multiple life-cycles. The tax base created by a new development/big box store can't pay for the roads, sewers, or utilities replacement, let alone the new schools, fire/ems or police to serve them. Colorado Springs has been chasing the "growth ponzi scheme" for at least a generation now and with dwindling Federal and State transfers of wealth it's going to be up to localities to figure out how to manage the decay. Concentrating on the core is the way to do it. Work where the infrastructure is already in place. Remember that the two largest populations in the US, Millenials and Boomers, are looking for locations where they don't need to do everything (anything?) by car, but instead want to be able to walk or bike for their daily needs.
One final comment, downtown could seriously use some "road diets". Narrow those lane widths (hell...take out a lane or two, you seriously don't need them and you'll save massive amounts of money on resurfacing), put in some separated bike lanes, SLOW down the traffic and make it attractive for people on foot and on bike, or for a business to have sidewalk seating w/o traffic whizzing by. The BEST PLACES you've ever been were built around PEOPLE, not motor vehicles. They're also the most economically productive and resilient!
I don't understand why a land-locked, middle of the country state doesn't have amazing SEAFOOD?!? It's just a mystery....
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