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I comment using the name "curious" in order to focus attention where it belongs - on the comment and not on the person making the comment. Citizen of COS since 2003 Family members have lived in COS for more than 40 years

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Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

How to stop the developers from creating a system (such as the DDA) to benefit themselves and then milking that system? The City Council has the power to say No to the developers. Is educating the City Council the answer? Is that doable when the Council doesn't listen to the citizens, because, supposedly, the citizens are not experts (as opposed to the City govt bureaucrats who are experts) and the citizens don't know (probably because much of the process is kept secret) or understand what's involved in the very complex and complicated economic development proposal under consideration. And, ultimately, it is the Council, which has been elected by the citizens to decide on these matters, supposedly for the benefit of the citizens, who are empowered to make the decisions which benefit, not surprisingly, the developer. So . . . how to keep the foxes out of the henhouse?

And thanks to Miller for his excellent and knowledgeable analysis and commentary.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Jenkins is the poster child for crony capitalism. Would this developer - the biggest and most successful in COS - be able to make an honest dollar without his political allies giving him OUR tax dollars?

St. Francis is ideally located and will have no difficulty finding tenants. It could be gutted and the units affordable for the low-to-mid-income renter IF they are small - 500 sq ft max - and no frills are provided. But today, affordable housing actually is luxury units whose rents are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “City for Champions hits snags, generates controversy

In addition to using taxpayer dollars to pay for the bridge, tax dollars will also be needed to build the parking garage adjacent to the Olympic museum, a garage that will lie under Jenkin's proposed skyscraper condo building. Giving developers tax dollars to help them build condos and whatever in urban renewal areas, tax dollars that are in addition to paying millions for infrastructure for their developments are, regardless if it's legal, a misappropriation of public funds. Using tax dollars for economic development results inevitably in needing to raise taxes to pay for roads, parks, fire and police, etc, since the dollars intended for these vital govt functions was given to the developers. A truly visionary developer will find a way to make his dream schemes happen without fleecing the citizens, many of whom have no interest in living in or "revitalizing" downtown.…

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Posted by curious on 04/27/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Olympic Museum and ... what else in southwest downtown?

Routon again proposes a STADIUM - this time to rebuild the aging AFA Falcon stadium downtown. What WONT the proponents of downtown revitalization think of next. Thankfully, as Routon says, this idea has no traction.

SW downtown's redevelopment, which has languished for 2 decades, has for many years had America the Beautiful Park and now will have the Olympic Museum as catalysts for redevelopment. And, as a URA. it is the recipient of City dollars. What is the reason that SW downtown is unable to fulfill its promise to provide infill housing and retail for COS?

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Posted by curious on 04/19/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Downtown Partnership makes room for more local food trucks

Regulations. Red tape. Bureaucrats and politicians stifling food providers. Fridays - Saturdays - 12 hours. Govt busybody BS! And parking meters belong to the City - not to brick & mortar restaurants - so why do food trucks need to "partner" with them? If food trucks are successful, expect the brick & mortars to put their own food trucks out on the streets. This will be a significant way to "revitalize" downtown. Lots of people don't want to eat at sit-down restaurants. They'd rather grab a quick lunch from a food truck and eat it sitting on a bench or planter provided by the City. Take a lesson from Denver's 16th street mall - close Tejon to vehicles and parking meters and open it to the public and food trucks.

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Posted by curious on 04/17/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Agree with Skycastle on everything he says about the Constitution. He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong. The ignorance of the citizenry re the Constitution is the fault of the public govt schools and the socialist teachers who are brainwashing their empty-headed idealistic students, who exit the schools thinking that diversity, racism, equality of outcome, and climate change are the problems needing fixing so that utopia can be achieved.

I thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos. School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans.

It is BRAVE of Skycastle to present this opposing viewpoint in the Indy blog, and I, not so brave, applaud him.

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Posted by curious on 04/15/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “New downtown Colorado Springs tourism project shot down

A downtown Public Market - YES. Mike Callicrate of Ranch Foods Direct has been a long-time proponent of this. About 3 years ago Callicrate was ready to commence converting a warehouse into a Public Market in SW downtown, but Jenkins (correct me if it was some other property owner/developer) put a stop to his property purchase, telling him it was designated for C4C redevelopment. To the C4C developers, a Public Market in downtown COS was not a Great Idea. Instead, the visionary icon-obsessed developers wanted skyscraper condos and office buildings that would produce mega City tax subsidies and high profits. Experience of other cities proves that a Public Market is a guaranteed attraction for tourists and locals. Seattle's Pike Place Market has fish. COS Public Market has beef - or would have it ever gets built.

City Council is drawing up a To Do list, which includes utilizing the City Auditorium as a Public Market. I think Callicrate's original indoor/outdoor market space concept is a better option, but regardless, make this happen. And council member Jill Gaebler - a known proponent of local food - should be the designated councilor to do whatever it takes to make the downtown Public Market a reality.

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Posted by curious on 04/12/2017 at 3:00 PM

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