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Re: “Memo to mayoral candidates

To John:

I think an interesting graphic would be that which you've described...

"Imagine how the city center would look if the regional headquarter buildings on the Interstate 25 corridor north of town had been built downtown; or, if the Colorado Springs World Arena and Sky Sox Stadium were downtown, instead of the south edge or halfway to Kansas."

I think citizens would be shocked to see what it would look like. I might just make that a homework assignment (fun with Photoshop).

I also had to chuckle at the bit about Palmer. If only he knew that one of the city's most historically-significant intersections (Platte and Nevada where his iconic statue stands), there exists as dilapidated gas station and the prestigious Carl's Jr. (home of the $6.00 burger). If only those who designed the statue would have had Palmer pointing at the Carl's Jr, talk about a crystal ball. Oh and only if Palmer knew that the third hotel of his they would build (the Antlers) would completely turn its back on his park and train station and instead, embrace a surface parking lot. Oh and only if Palmer knew that... I can go on, and on and on.

To Dave:
I think the heart of the issue is the perception of downtown and (whether we like it or not) "building things" or revitalization tends to be a catalyst for change. And yes, the city should be tasked to do this, in particular the leader of the city, lack of vision has gotten us this far.

Posted by think_big on 02/16/2011 at 10:03 AM

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