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John Olson

John Olson is a licensed Landscape Architect, working and residing in Colorado Springs. He serves as the Director of Urban Design and Landscape for Altitude Land Consultants, formerly doing business as EV Studio Civil Engineering + Planning. He has a strong passion for our region and directs it through the business... more

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  • Every time a lane is added...

    • Dec 12, 2015
  • Defining downtown

    • Aug 16, 2015
  • Finding a way to 'Yes'

    • Jul 26, 2015
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    Re: “Building 3 Coffee Roasters joins upcoming Lincoln School development

    Mmmmm... Beer, coffee and bakery. Can't wait to move our office there. Should start dieting now.

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 02/10/2016 at 11:42 AM

    Re: “Traffic fatalities jump 10 percent, many people not buckling up

    Many more factors to it than not wearing a seatbelt. Places are spread out more; annual mileage per year per capita has increased; constant demand for greater speed and less congestion results in dangerous speeds; distracted driving has increased with mobile phone usage; along with a general greater dependence on the automobile. All of these factors are going to result in greater chance of vehicular-caused death than simply someone forgot to put their seatbelt... Not that I condone not wearing a seatbelt, I would be more likely to buy a lottery ticket than I would to not put a on a seatbelt. Greater perspective is needed though before simply passing the blame on someone not wearing their seatbelt.

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 01/19/2016 at 4:29 PM

    Re: “Every time a lane is added...

    Should you be imprisoned to it and require it, that is the question? Do you not like choices in how you can get to basic services? Why must we rely on one method of transportation and separate our uses in ways that require us to have cars, gas, a functioning government who will pave and maintain the roads?
    My family has two cars, we live in Colorado for a reason and we need the car to get to the beautiful places that you referenced, but why should we be required to use it? Wouldn't you like to have a choice?

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 12/12/2015 at 1:01 PM

    Re: “Defining downtown

    Re-reading this (post edits) and some of the emphasis has decreased... You shouldn't take this as Downtown is not important, Curious. You should read this as our downtown is absolutely critical, but the other places are as well.
    Downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou are viewed by non-locals as downtown. When potential businesses or residents, look for their future home or headquarters, if the downtown (even if perceived) is rundown, that reflects poorly on the whole community.

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 08/16/2015 at 12:25 PM

    Re: “About the city's bus routes ...

    Agree Gary, 100%.

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 06/07/2015 at 5:35 PM

    Re: “About the city's bus routes ...

    Thank you Bill Burns. Yes, frequency should be valued over quantity of stops, etc. Let's make it efficient and functional first.

    The edits seem to have taken out my statement, but I do greatly value the staff that we have for transit. They are very intelligent and great for the job, let's give them more freedom to do great things with what they know to do. I feel like a major result of our prior Mayor's term is that staff throughout the city had great fear in losing their jobs if they spoke up for what needed to happen, as opposed to Mayor Bach's will. My hope and belief is that Mayor Suthers will help right the wrong of the Bach era.

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 06/07/2015 at 2:03 PM

    Re: “Pondering sprawl

    The State of Idaho, after this blog post, enacted No New Roads, or as Strong Towns calls it, #NoNewRoads Lite.…

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    Posted by JO_Urbanist on 06/03/2015 at 7:29 AM

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