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Colorado Springs native, professional filmmaker, former city council candidate, outspoken critic of city growth as a strategy for a healthy local economy.

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Re: “Data centers: 'Open for business'

The irony is not lost on some of us. Wal-Mart has a reputation for providing low apparent cost, shifting many of its costs of doing business onto the public sector (economists call these externalities). Colorado Spring has such low self-esteem that we feel we must bribe companies like Wal-Mart to be here. Those bribes are another externality. The city's analysis of the economic benefits of these packages is disgracefully incomplete and one-sided. EDC's supposed study showing more jobs go to local residents is not a real study. They can't produce it because it wouldn't stand up to any scrutiny.

So...Colorado Springs ends up with a long list of corporate welfare recipients, a bigger population and a bigger economy, and that means bigger costs. No tangible benefits. We have been losing money on growth for over 30 years, but our city councilors keep believing one day we will find that pot of gold at the end of the growth rainbow.

Posted by Growthbuster on 05/26/2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Memo to mayoral candidates

Seems to be all about building things. I would question whether construction is really the answer. And do we really think the City of Colorado Springs should be tasked so?

Dave Gardner
GrowthBusters & SaveTheSprings

Posted by Growthbuster on 02/11/2011 at 6:02 AM

Re: “SDS: Pipe dream, coming true

Kudos to Arnold for calling Utilities spin what it is - "baloney." SDS may as well have been wrapped up in a flag with apple pie on top. It's been "sold" to the public as water for future generations, as an obligation we inherited the first time we turned on our tap at home. Actually it is water for future in-migrants, who would not come if SDS were not built. But if you believe Ponzi schemes are wonderful, then you must support SDS, as it will prop up Colorado Springs demographic Ponzi strategy, unless it's the albatross that brings it crashing down.

Posted by Growthbuster on 11/24/2010 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Anti-growther making the rounds

Thanks for noticing, Pam. Interesting that newspapers in other cities have published stories about this film, but no reporters in Colorado Springs have sat down with me to discuss the film. Is Colorado Springs too addicted to growth for such a story to run? Coffee is on me when you or J. Adrian Stanley are ready to buck the addicts! And I'd like to correct the photo credit. Photo was taken by my daughter, Stephanie Gardner.

Posted by Growthbuster on 11/13/2010 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Future leaders: act now

Though I regret I cannot run, while I finish my non-profit GrowthBusters documentary starring Colorado Springs, I am hopeful that having so much potential turnover in council will inspire some smart, progressive people to give it a try. I think one thing that has kept good candidates from running in recent years has been the prospect of having to serve with some of the current dinosaurs - who can't lead and don't have a clear long-term vision. Now, we have the very real possibility of electing a forward-thinking council with real respect for the voters and minds open to lots of possibilities.

Dave Gardner

Posted by Growthbuster on 10/21/2010 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Letters

Nancy Strong (Blight not Right): Ditto. Bravo! Please run for City Council. We need rationality and integrity at City Hall.

Dave Gardner

Posted by Growthbuster on 02/18/2010 at 9:36 AM

Re: “What's next for the city?

Writing this commentary made me think we need a local bill of rights. Coincidentally, that idea has been explored elsewhere:…

I'd make a few changes to the one floated in Spokane.

Dave Gardner

Posted by Growthbuster on 11/13/2009 at 7:44 PM

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