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Re: “Downtown stadium proposed for Antlers Park

I thought our City Parks should be protected NOT turned into private sports stadiums - I'm ashamed of Mr. Skorman for supporting this proposal. This goes right along with the policy from the mayor giving away Strawberry Fields to the Broadmoor....

What's next? only pay to use neighborhood parks?

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Posted by rms on 01/11/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Garden of the Gods frame to be removed

Garden of the Gods belongs to the citizens of Colorado Springs not the tourists. So they will leave it up defiling the mountain vista for a year to get feedback from the tourists??? Please tell me who is running the government in our City and County these days? The tourists are fine and welcome to come visit Colorado Springs but the people who live here full time deserve better than this. Years ago I used to study for my college exams in GOG and now the park is so heavily visited it is almost impossible find a place to enjoy the peace and quiet I used to go there for.

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Posted by rms on 12/17/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Garden of the Gods frame to be removed

This is tacky and doesn't belong inside the park. Maybe if they wanted to put it in the parking lot it would be less of an eyesore. The beauty of Garden of the Gods is in the natural glory of the scenery. This looks like something you would expect to find on the old boardwalk in Atlantic City NOT in one of our cities most popular tourist attractions.

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Posted by rms on 12/15/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Spring's downtown bicycle infrastructure progresses despite growing pains

I think these bike friendly changes need to thought out better - our roads are already hazardous and driving is often a dangerous activity on streets seriously over crowded and drivers who have zero patience for anyone in their path vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists.

Where are the studies from the motorized point of view? Overnight people who parked on the street have their parking taken away and drivers are forced into traffic delays and congestion all so empty bike lanes can be kept available at all times.

Perhaps it would be in the public safety interest to consider adjusting sidewalks to allow for the bicycle traffic? Maybe we just dig up all the parkways trees and grass and turn them into bike paths - it makes about as much sense as what is being done to high traffic roadways for the sake of an alternative method of transportation.

And one might also question why if cars are suppose to be abandoned there is not a more aggressive attempt at improving public transportation options in this community?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rms on 11/16/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Let’s fix stormwater now

There is no way the problems from 40 or more years of neglecting our regional stormwater system will be solved by complaining about why the solutions might cost some of us more money than others - fact is we are all in this together. To do nothing or continue this shuffle inadequate amounts of money from one City funding source or another has not and never will work. We must start somewhere. We had a good start once and then the no rain tax group headed by Mr. Bruce and the never saw a fee they didn't call a tax voters in this community repealed it. The City Council at the time caved to the vocal but loud resisters, Now we are years down the road and the problem has only gotten worse. It is now or never - continue to argue about how to fund this needed infrastructure maintenance and the cost will still continue going up and up. it is time for us as a community to take responsibility for our runoff.

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Posted by rms on 10/25/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Polling convinces city leaders to decide now, not later, on stormwater issue

It is decades past due for taking a responsible approach for our stormwater issues. We cannot continue to wait for the perfect solution. Yes I agree the fee structure as stated in this proposal is not equitable and as a member of Council - Mr. Murray, - I would urge you and your fellow council persons to work to find solutions that include requiring developers to pay their fair share - and that includes in areas of new construction in old established neighborhoods. In OCC I have lived in this house almost 40 years and never had groundwater seep into my garage - but since a new monster home was placed on top of an unstable hill behind me the alley was a river and I had water on the floor of my old stone garage in one of the severe storms of about a week ago. This problem is not going away and we need to start sooner not later as we already were making progress when this community pulled the plug on the previous Stormwater Enterprise.

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Posted by rms on 08/21/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Reader: Citizens should question bike race expenses

Whatever the event organizers paid the City towards hosting this event I guarantee it did not come close to covering the full cost of involvement by COS, CSPD, CSFD and CSU staff and resources required to sponsor this event. A full financial accounting would be interesting - not "fees" for services but actual breakdown of all stages from pre-planning through mop up and after action assessments of all personnel hours involved.

It also would be beneficial in analyzing the financial impacts to the community to collect data on lost income and wages to the Westside and downtown business owners who were not profiting from this event.

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Posted by rms on 08/18/2017 at 8:57 AM

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