Dear Mayor Steve Bach,
Here is another opportunity for you to step up. You can heal a lot of public discontent by admitting mistakes that representatives of the City have made. I urge you to be a leader of all residents.
Thanks, Ben. I'm working on it ;) How's that troll thing working for you?
To reduce congestion, to improve quality of experience, to be regionally competitive, to ease tax burdens from businesses and residents, to improve a walkable city center, to reduce accidents, to encourage cyclists, for guests to stay a little longer- these are the reasons that paying to park is a good idea.
No matter your view, acknowledge and thank the shopkeepers when you're there. The ice cream zombies can make them feel invisible.
CoS isn't a place to start a career or family, it is a place to retire. I left, along with 8 of my good CoS friends, within the past year. The Springs is a beautiful place to live, but not grow. I'm okay with it because it is too late for the area. Studying national economic and social trends for YPs shows that those regions that haven't gotten the mix right yet, will fail. Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins is a "mega region" that encourages opportunity, while CoS is better grouped with Pueblo. (Florida, Richard "Who's Your City? 2008)
YPs can gain more experience at a quicker rate in areas that encourage them to produce. It is in our best interest to learn to lead elsewhere, then return with enhanced skills and knowledge when the old guard dies. Our energy is truly better spent elsewhere.
Colorad Springs: Lovely to visit, or retire.
Tear it down. Provide 50% renewable by 2020. Put in mixed-use residential, retail, commercial art-centric community. Build the new power plant on Banning Lewis, let natural gas drilling commence with strict oversight and firm regulations. Develop a city for permanent residents rather than big biz that are always looking for a reason to leave, rather than for loud-mouth, bully radicals preaching "no government" then complaining when the schools rank poorly, the roads have potholes, and the parks are closed, rather than sacrficing the health of our children for a quick fix of cash.
I am confident that the Neumann system will work. However, I do not believe that it is the best allocation of financial resources. I am honored to have such an intelligent, supportive community business in our region that has found an innovative solution to an environmental problem. Unfortunately, it is offering too little too late for Drake.
What isn't as well known is that Amendment 64 will also allow for the agricultural production of hemp, which would be the first new ag-based commodity in the state of Colorado in years. It will create American ag jobs, manufacturing jobs, and stimulate our economy through the private sector...precisely what Americans all around the country are asking for.
Colorado has the opportunity to shift its entire economy, and with it the hope of our nation, in a single day with the passing of Amendment 64. As for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? We are smart enough to look beyond "devil weed" and it doesn't need to be smoked, canabis can be ingested through food, eliminating the carcinogenic effects and providing just the healthy canibinoid properties similar to chocolate and blueberries.
"Fan of Stouts"? I am there!
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