David E 
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Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Trying to fix the Front Range transportation problem by building a wider I-25 is like trying to fix obesity by putting on a larger pair of pants - if we don't address the problem of over reliance on a single, highly-inefficient mode of travel, then it doesn't really matter who leads the effort, it will be a temporary solution at best.

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Posted by David E on 05/17/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “A solution for improving Colorado's roads and bridges

The problem with our transportation infrastructure isn't lack of funding, it's that we spend the funds we already have in an extremely wasteful manner: adding more miles of pavement, or extra lanes to a busy road, intuitively makes sense as a way to reduce congestion and travel times, but in practice building more roadway always invites more traffic over time ("induced demand") and so we get a very temporary benefit at very high cost. If the goal is to improve network capacity and average speeds within and between cities, we should not be throwing money at one of the least efficient modes of intra-city transport available and should instead be investing heavily in commuter rail, buses, and infrastructure that invites walking and cycling (the exact opposite of what we have now, infrastructure which imposes extra burdens on anyone not traveling via automobile).

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Posted by David E on 03/17/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Castle Rock's example of building great parks with diverse funding

This may be the first time I've disagreed with anything Mr. Falcone has written, but in this case I don't think Colorado Springs should be faulted in this case:
The way that people use parks (and recreate in general) has changed dramatically over time - Garden of the Gods used to have observation platforms drilled into several of the rock formations, there used to be a dance/picnic pavilion just below Cheyenne Canyon, and much of Monument Valley Park goes unused because it was designed for the way people liked to stroll in the 1890's. On the positive side, the city hasn't actually stopped keeping up with some of the recent trends, we have do have BMX/Freestyle/DJ bike parks, Pickleball courts, frisbee golf courses, and modern playgrounds in the most popular parks.
The kind of development currently taking place in Castle Rock is a very modern kind of style based on the way people currently want to use parks (as outdoor fitness centers heavy on the equipment). How much do you want to bet that all the things they're putting in now will still be popular in 30 years when trends have changed again? If anything, Colorado Springs is incredibly fortunate that our current park system is open, simple, and adaptable. We have our many neighborhood parks and some fantastic open spaces which have retained their charm and utility for many decades even if they lack the latest fancy amenities.
If the city is to be faulted for anything, it's that the further south and further east you go, the amount of space set aside as parkland decreases and parks are often isolated instead of being part of a more continuous system - but those are flaws associated with the sprawling development, not specifically the result of a failure to seek out more public-private park development. Yes, we need more parks, and yes, the parks need more funding to preserve what we already have (have you seen the erosion occurring in north Pulpit Rock O.S. caused by inadequate stormwater drainage?), but building fancy new facilities in select public parks isn't going to save the system - in fact it might actually draw off funds that could be used better elsewhere.

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Posted by David E on 02/26/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “U.S. Olympic Museum wants money from Colorado Springs

Look on the bright side: we now know just how desperate the Olympic museum project is for funding, and as citizens protesting the use of public funds, we're getting an opportunity to put another nail in the coffin of a bad idea.

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Posted by David E on 01/14/2017 at 1:22 AM

Re: “UPDATE: ATTN: Cyclists. Tell the city you want these bike lanes.

I'm excited to see these buffered lanes go in - anything that makes the north end of our city a little less hostile to people (like me) who don't drive is appreciated.

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Posted by David E on 09/29/2016 at 1:01 AM

Re: “City looks to build a subterranean parking garage to sprout growth in southwest downtown

Building more parking downtown, regardless of who pays for it, is a step backwards - any funding spent on a new garage would be better off invested in making it easier for people to reach downtown without having to get into a car first.

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Posted by David E on 07/06/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Rightsizing or tightsizing of city roads?

Seeing the turnout at this event was encouraging (hooray for civic engagement, and taking pride in our city and neighborhoods!) but I was very much discouraged by how many times I heard people opposed by the plan state they were against it because they were unhappy with 'those CC students who don't even look before using the existing crosswalks.' So the way to improve a situation where someone might be hit by car is to... oppose all efforts to make it safer for the vulnerable parties? You don't think that saving 30 seconds on your drive is more important than the lives and limbs of your fellow residents, do you? Come on now people, we're better than this. Right?

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Posted by David E on 05/07/2016 at 9:19 PM

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