Gail - I had never heard of this expansion and it is appalling to think another natural area is going to be overrun with traffic. It fits the mentality of this City's urban planning model - build first and then claim they need to take over open spaces to relieve the traffic congestion they created with the developers unrestrained ability to build wherever they please.
Note to Valerie Murphy: what makes you think Medicare is free? Where do you get this idea? There is a monthly premium for Part B and if someone does not have the work history to qualify for Part A they also have to pay a premium for that. On top of that there is an annual deductible and most people also need to purchase a supplemental insurance besides basic Medicare. Then there is Part D and the annual deductible and "donut hole" for drug coverage. Please get your facts correct before you make blanket statements which are totally fictitious.
Honestly, I have never heard such lame excuses from council members for voting "yes" on something which was so obviously a deal between the mayor and Anschutz without any concern for the people of Colorado Springs. The list of supporters is a nothing but a laundry list of Anschutz Foundation beneficiaries. This deal is a sad commentary on the future of Colorado Springs. Apparently our city exists for the benefit of "tourists" for the profit of a few - the rest of us be damned.
It is obvious Mr. Mayor does not want to listen to the insignificant "public" - he made his argument and left a room full of concerned citizens. This decision was signed, sealed and now all but delivered without listening to the voice of the community. The few people for this idea are probably on the Broadmoor payroll or figure to benefit in some other way. Trading away public open space (not to mention giving a private enterprise huge tax breaks on top of it) is just WRONG. I suspect there is another still secret part of this plan which involves pushing through public funding for the proposed Downtown sports center. Think about it. Why else are they ignoring the voices of reason to slow this process down?
It has always amazed me that the CC students could not manage to cross the street without special treatment. When I was growing up in Chicago I somehow managed to cross busy streets with no lights and only a crosswalk without a crossing guard to go to grammar and high school - my parents taught me how to cross the street at an early age because most cities have streets with traffic on them even back when I was a kid.
I also believe some of the students are daring drivers to hit them because I watch them from a half block away (due to the reduced speeds I have plenty of time to observe their behavior) and they approach the crosswalks and never once look up - let alone left, right, left.
This deal was obviously signed, sealed and all but delivered before the "proposed" transaction was made public. Pesky thing - the "Public" - seems they are not quite as dumb as our "leaders" figured. Now they are two-stepping around this ill conceived give away of open space to a private enterprise. They already told the Broadmoor it was a go and now they have to do every under handed thing in their power to make it happen. I say there needs to be a ballot issue to settle this thing once and for all - oh, just like the downtown baseball stadium they don't want it going to the voters because they know it will never pass.....
Once you sign a deal with the Devil it is difficult to take back -
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