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

The Garden of the Gods park was founded with this intent: known forever as the Garden of the Gods "where it shall remain free to the public, where no intoxicating liquors shall be manufactured, sold, or dispensed, where no building or structure shall be erected except those necessary to properly care for, protect, and maintain the area as a public park." This should never have been allowed to proceed. It is detracting from the natural beauty of the park and destroys a beautiful view all in the name of the commercialism of our city. No task force or group should be allowed to deface public lands. Additionally, it has been said it will be reviewed in 2018. Why do we have to keep "undoing" projects leaders in this city think are best for the citizens? This needs to be removed immediately and recalls started for anyone in leadership who allowed this. At this rate, we should simply brand our city nepotism crony springs.

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Posted by Vikki Walton on 12/16/2017 at 10:06 AM

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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