As the four-year process of merging the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with Colorado College moves slowly along, it seems a cultural shift is already well underway. That shift has impacted the Fine Arts Center, but a recently created draft statement of a “museum subcommittee” created as part of the strategic planning process predicts cultural […]
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In a peer-reviewed study released this week by Environmental Science and Technology, four prominent scientists (including Christopher Higgins of the Colorado School of Mines) call for strict regulation and a possible worldwide ban of an entire class of fluorinated chemicals related to those that contaminated wells and drinking water systems in Fountain Valley. The contamination […]
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By some estimates, Colorado’s infrastructure deficit is increasing at the rate of $1 billion annually, and will continue to do so unless local, state and national governments can work together to successfully find new funding sources. Although there are many theoretically feasible solutions, all have drawbacks. New funding from state and local governments will require […]
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Three-and-a-half years after former Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach submitted the city’s application for state tax increment financing for the City for Champions proposal, one key component of the proposal is virtually dead. “It’s very unlikely that the downtown sports and events center can be built without public funding,” said Mayor John Suthers. “I don’t […]
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Both Colorado Springs and Pueblo are trying to put together deals to build downtown sports/event facilities. Political and business leaders as well as downtown advocates in each city have long yearned for such facilities. It’s an article of faith among economic development advocates that such sports venues accelerate and sustain downtown economic revitalization. Yet they’re […]
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A decade ago, what is now the Cottonwood Center for the Arts was shoehorned into a former city utilities building near the Colorado Avenue Bridge. It wasn’t the greatest venue, but it was affordable, with reasonably convenient studio and exhibition space for artists. Downtown wasn’t the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, but it was certainly a […]
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The Art and Facts of Business, a delightful exhibition that opened last week at the Pioneers Museum, brings vivid life to the vanished enterprises that once graced Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There’s a glowing illuminated sign from the Burns Theater, a saddled, full-size plaster horse that once stood before Bingo’s Saddle Shop […]
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Three years ago, the city of Colorado Springs received state tourism funding to create a City for Champions — four projects designed to increase tourism in Colorado Springs. One of those, the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, has some big predictions to meet as its organizers get ready to formally break ground. In […]
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The proposed land exchange between The Broadmoor and the city of Colorado Springs is one step closer to approval, despite efforts by opponents to delay, modify or kill the deal. The Trails and Open Space Coalition has formally endorsed the swap. It will be considered by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board later this month, […]
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From the city’s top brass to local business organizations, a consensus has been reached: There are myriad reasons to be optimistic entering 2016. Following the Great Recession, natural disasters, political infighting and the inability to form a cohesive vision for Colorado Springs, 2015 appears to have set the stage for a new year of progress […]
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Tuesday’s City Council meeting began amicably enough. Wearing western shirts, cowboy hats and blue jeans, Council’s seven male members thereby saluted the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. A few minutes after the meeting began, Council President Merv Bennett read a resolution honoring former Mayor Steve Bach for his four years of service as the city’s […]
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