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According to urban theorist Richard Florida, once-aspirational cities such as Seattle, Portland and Denver are yesterday’s news, struggling with their own success. In a recent New York Times op-ed entitled “The Urban Revival Is Over,” Florida argues that big cities have become bizarrely expensive, that infrastructure is decaying, crime is...
What do our proudly conservative city/county/Colorado Springs School District 11 elected officials want? Mo’ money! On the November ballot, Mayor John Suthers, with the support of a 6-3 supermajority of city council, will ask Colorado Springs voters to approve fee-based funding for a revamped stormwater enterprise. The annual tab? About $17...
If you’re a charitable nonprofit, a state entity, local government or a noncommercial cause-oriented organization, you won’t last long without filling a certain crucial position: grant writer. The city of Colorado Springs is no exception to this rule. Multiple city employees are directly and indirectly involved in the grant writing...
On the morning of Aug. 10, trapped in my Westside neighborhood by street closures associated with the Colorado Classic bike race, I decided to walk the dogs down to Colorado Avenue, mingle with the crowds and watch the racers go by. At 9:45 a.m., Old Colorado City was deserted. No...
So here we are again, trying to figure out what to do about stormwater. We have, it appears, a $460 million problem that just won’t go away. And if the Colorado Springs City Council ignores it or fails to refer the issue to the voters this November, the problem...
Here’s a marketing maxim we’ve all heard: Control your brand. A city’s brand should be accurate, timeless, immune from scandal or piracy and beloved by residents and visitors alike. The Big Apple. The City by the Bay. The Mile High City. No one can remove the bay from San Francisco...
Let’s see; I first engaged in Colorado Springs politics in June 1960, when I accompanied my best friend’s father, Judge Austin Hoyt, to the state Democratic convention. I was an unpaid “gofer,” an intern in today’s polite parlance. The judge, a fervent Democrat, was firmly in Adlai Stevenson’s camp....
Four decades ago, long before Douglas Bruce and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a 2 percent tax on hotel rooms and a 1 percent tax on car rentals. The proceeds of the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax were to be used to “attract...
It’s already July, and reporters obliged to cover City Hall don’t have much to do. Mayor John Suthers and City Council President Richard Skorman have yet to get into a public fight; City Councilor Bill Murray hasn’t found any new targets for his wrath; real estate prices continue to...
On July 11, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado will dedicate its building on West Colorado Avenue, naming it the Karl & Mary Flemke Center for Free Enterprise. The name couldn’t be more appropriate. Karl and Mary were key Colorado Springs community leaders in the last quarter of the 20th century,...
Harriet Nelson, who starred with her husband Ozzie and her sons David and Rick in the 1950s TV show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” once explained why she always stayed at Holiday Inns. “They’re all exactly alike,” she said. Sixty years later, John Dicker expressed the same sentiment in his...
In May, the Colorado Springs Business Journal filed a Colorado Open Records Act request with the city of Colorado Springs, asking for “All minutes, voice recordings and video records of a closed executive session of the Colorado Springs Utility Board during which a decision was made or ratified to...