Vikki Walton 
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Re: “New downtown Colorado Springs tourism project shot down

I'm just curious. If people love Boulder and Denver so much, why not move there? I think they are both wonderful cities in their own respect. I don't want to live in either place. I love COS. It's a beautiful city with wonderful people. We don't need to become another Boulder or Denver. We need to be the best COS we can be. And that means allowing the people of COS to say what they want--to vote on what we, the citizens, believe is best for our city. If anything, Boulder and Denver have something I think would be great to incorporate into COS and that is a 16th street mall area. We need a place where people can come together of all socio-economic facets and every other distinction. Think public market which has floundered for years because of no assistance or support from the mayor's office, developers, or the city. Having seen firsthand the energy of two public markets in DC, and Ponce Market in Atlanta and knowing how much they bring to areas, this would seem to be a solution. In recent local surveys, a public market/gathering space was much higher on the list than a stadium. Seattle Pike's Place (the 33rd most visited tourist spot in the world--Annual Visitors: 10,000,000). Another one is from my old hometown of San Antonio. Why not combine stormwater efforts with creating a tourist-friendly Riverwalk with restaurants, shops, apartments, etc. SA's Riverwalk Annual Visitors: 11,500,000. Connect it to a market like the Faneuil Hall Boston Annual Visitors: 18,000,000 or incorporating the bus/trolley and maybe later, train terminal like Union Station DC Annual Visitors: 40,000,000. When people visit the Springs they come to see and experience all the beauty of our area. I love museums. They are great. But let's do something that we lack. A third space for our residents and tourists that combines apartments of all sizes and costs, shops, restaurants, public transportation, outdoor spaces, concert venues, etc. This will create an energetic downtown and will energize our economy.

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Posted by Vikki Walton on 04/12/2017 at 12:08 PM

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