The very fact that the issue of gayness is still the subject of controversy here only confirms my personal opinion that CS is mired in a weird Brady Bunch past that never really existed. (Please.) Other parts of the country have moved beyond these and similar hot-button Tea Party topics.
I've got to say that my overwhelming view of the Springs is that it is full of troglodytes shooting each other and cooking meth. A critical mass of general enlightenment or sophistication is not going to arrive here any time soon, and that is why I look forward to departing.
Yes, I couldn't agree more. There is nothing compelling about the city of Colorado Springs, and no good reason to go there. Without real businesses, all the window dressing (C4C) in the world won't make it a place where people go, dine, and shop on a daily basis.
It's a pity that C4C seems to rely on urban planning ideas of the '70s, which are as ossified as our Mayor. (The drawings for C4C lack only flying cars.) While there are endless studies and hand-wringing about What to Do About Downtown, nothing much seems to get implemented. If CS can't get it together to repair its infrastructure, undeniably affected by flooding, what makes people think C4C can happen? (Bach's position on stormwater problems seems to rely on the absurd idea that rain falls within city limits only and respects some map!)
It has occurred to me that the installation of optical fiber cable and very fast Internet service down Tejon Street might kick-start a digital startup scene in the springs (see Chattanooga, TN), but getting this to happen is as likely as the infrastructure improvement mentioned above.
I've lived in cities large and small. An interesting city creates the impression that something is happening there that you don't want to miss. Poor planning, bad zoning (too many bars), and the unwillingness to contribute taxes even as small as a mill to the improvement of the Springs make it moribund.
Can't wait to head north to Denver or Boulder, which should happen for me in a year or two!
Well, it's a free country, and conservatives can group together for "school". To my mind, the problem is not with the manner of delivering the message, but with the message itself. As long as their message is discriminatory, regressive, and ignores the real problems of their constituency (e.g., unemployment), it will gain no traction in the long run. Most voters are not fooled by window dressing, no matter how attractive.
This doesn't pass the smell test, and there is a reason for professional qualifications. The more I know about Bach (thank God for the Indy) the less there is to like. I'll be leaving the Springs for someplace more enlightened ASAP.
Mayor Bach doesn't understand the role of the fourth estate in democracy, and cannot grasp that his job is to serve the people. He just doesn't get it. What's the saying? "You get the government you deserve."
Fracking just doesn't sound like a good idea. Putting the water supply at risk in a place where water is so precious? Really? Pollution, heavy equipment, and a large company whose only interest is to evade the rules and make money? And where would the money go -- into the CEO's pocket ($40-something-million per year?) or into the local coffers? My impression is that the concept of stewardship of the land is just lip service on Ultra's web site. I think Ultra's modus operandi is dupe the little guy and leave him holding the bag.
Fracking just doesn't sound like a good idea. Putting the water supply at risk in a place where water is so precious? Really? Pollution, heavy equipment, and a large company whose only interest is to evade the rules and make money? And where would the money go -- into the CEO's pocket ($40-something-million per year?) or into the local coffers? My impression is that "stewardship of the land" is just a phrase on Ultra's web site. I think Ultra's MO is "dupe the little guy and leave him holding the bag."
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