Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Did 5280 get it right? Some say, "no way."

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 2:37 PM

click to enlarge These people might disagree that the Springs is having an identity crisis, as reported by a Denver magazine. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • These people might disagree that the Springs is having an identity crisis, as reported by a Denver magazine.
Some time back, 5280 Magazine came out with a lengthy article about Colorado Springs that pretty much trashes the city at the foot of American's mountain.

Called "Colorado Springs' identity crisis," by Robert Sanchez, the article seems to rely heavily on reports from years ago about figures such as fallen New Life Church preacher Ted Haggard and citations from other publications in the 1990s.

Hello. It's 2016. 

The Colorado Springs Business Journal, a sister publication of the Independent's, published an editorial about the piece, saying, in part:
But Colorado Springs is a city of nearly 440,000 people in a county of 670,000-plus residents — it isn’t as simplistic as the article makes it sound. Colorado Springs isn’t painted olive drab and covered with religious symbols. The portrait in 5280 was one-sided and does a grave disservice to people who love living here.
Readers also weighed in, including Springs City Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler. Here's her take:
Six paragraphs written on Dragon Man and one to list all the great revitalization and happenings going on in Colorado Springs. Described as a city of suburbs, but no mention of a new Infill and Redevelopment Plan passed by the City Council that encourages mixed-use development and prioritizes downtown and other mature areas as prime for redevelopment that supports millennials and seniors alike. It seems that the shining city to the north is searching for fault in the state's 2nd largest city, because maybe, just maybe, Denver is just a tad concerned that Colorado Springs' downtown is becoming a bit too vibrant, its housing prices are much lower than Denver's, and its mountain is right outside its back door, with a one-of-a-kind Manitou Incline as part of its many park amenities. And in case you forgot, Doug Bruce is back in prison, we are fixing our roads with a new tax increase, and we were recently named Olympic City, USA...because, as the article didn't even mention, Colorado Springs is home to the US Olympic Committee, the majority of Olympic sport governing bodies, and the Olympic Training Center.

Enough said.

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