Woot woot! If you'd like to actually SEE one of Rexroad's renderings, go to our FB page, "Gateway Project OCC" (formerly "No Kum and Go") and take a look at our Cover Photo!
We are not anti-Kum&Go or anti-business. We simply believe that this is the wrong LOCATION for this business. They are planning on building one on 21st and Broadway as well, which is about 1/4 mile from the OCC location, and that is a GREAT location!
If you agree, please consider signing the petition. And you don't have to be a Westsider to sign it; OCC belongs to us ALL!
Friends, please consider adding your name to the already over 1,100 folks who have signed the petition. You don't need to be a westsider to sign it; OCC belongs to ALL of us.
Happy Few: a pretty wall does not change the fact that gas fumes (even with the best environmental protections) will waft across the street to Front Range Barbeque, Cucuru, and Mountain Shadows restaurant. That's my point: it's not about a pretty "historical facade" of a mural; it's about creating a space where money stays in town and doesn't go to Iowa, a place that young professionals, young families, and the new creative class will want to move to for several generations to come. Urban renewal is happening all over this country, in places that are willing to invest in their futures. This is a pivotal moment and a decision that will affect our neighborhood for years to come. The gas stations around OCC are still not at the GATEWAY to OCC.
JK3GNative: Your comment leads me to think that you might not know that Kum & Go is also buying a property on 21st and Broadway, which is about 1/8 mile right off of Hwy 24. It's the old bank, right next to Carlos' Bistro. Just an FYI. I think it's important for people to know that we are not totally anti-Kum&Go, and think that is a fine location... it will take lots of Hwy 24 traffic coming up and down the pass, has no houses around it, and is on a major driving street, not the entrance to a National Historic District with the highest walkability score of anywhere in Colorado Springs. source: http://www.walkscore.com/CO/Colorado_Sprin…
Again, Mr. Hazelhurst, you have summarized the situation perfectly. Thank you. It is time for those of us who live here, and for the city of Colorado Springs, to recognize that OCC has the potential to attract young families, the creative class, and to maintain our walkability score (the highest in Colorado Springs) It's about urban renewal, about making long-term decisions based on possibility, not on fear. It's about having a larger vision for the future, for generations to come.
A mural is a fantastic idea! But it can go on ANY building and on ANY wall.
For those of you reading these comments, and if you would like to join the "screaming mob of Westsiders" as Mr. Dave Hughes has so insultingly called us in a comment on the on-line Gazette article in today's newspaper, please sign the petition here:
Your name and your voice matter.
If anyone reading agrees with Joyce Cheney's letter, then please feel free to sign the online petition linked below, and, more importantly, pass it on to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
Though I'm a cynic like "Old Crank" at times, I do believe that in this instance, there is hope.
Thank you for your time.
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