Released on June 12, the city’s updated Historic Preservation Plan, HistoricCOS, will be “unveiled” to the public at the Pioneers Museum on Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. As drafted, it’s 80 pages of hopeful bureaucratese (tinyurl.com/CSBJ-HistCOS). The authors clearly support historic preservation, treasure historic neighborhoods and believe that...
As the 2020 elections loom ominously on the horizon, maybe we should pay less attention to the Trump vs. (Candidate to be nominated in Milwaukee July 13-16) and more to the political parties. Yeah, I know. My Dem friends think that the country will be doomed if The Donald remains...
The issue: The term “blight” is too loosely applied in local development circles. What we think: Urban Renewal Authority resources should be used in areas that are actually blighted. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. As children, we’re often taught that the words we use matter. From an early age we learn “no...
The issue: Increased tourist numbers mean more wear and tear on our parks and other infrastructure. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: We need to increase LART to generate funding to sustain and further develop city parks and the arts in our community. Every year, more than...
During my decades in Colorado Springs, I’ve seen our city go from boom to bust half a dozen times. I’ve seen banks fail and developers go broke, flee and leave their lenders and investors holding the bag.  I’ve see other stricken developers man up, refuse to declare bankruptcy, pay...
What does Colorado Springs want? Or more precisely, who is being encouraged to move here? We know the answer: Millennials! The reasons seem compelling. A city without young people is literally dying. Who will start new businesses, fill high-tech jobs, form families, buy houses and lead the community into the...
The issue: Finding money for education can be tough. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: D-2 voters deserve credit for their support. Harrison School District 2 voters deserve a round of applause for supporting the $180 million school bond issue last November. The average...
There’s a concerted effort in the works to shake up the nature of Colorado’s state government. Recall petitions are being circulated against State Sens. Pete Lee of Colorado Springs, Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood and Sen. President Leroy Garcia of Pueblo, as well as against State Rep. Bri Buentello of...
If you have ever done any advertising for your business or organization, you have probably faced this question: What type of advertising should I use? This is pretty complicated, as there are tons of options and many ways to use each. Though I would have to know your specific...
Sorry to rain on Colorado’s latest bipartisan political parade, but moving the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction is a lousy idea. Both Colorado senators have jumped aboard the moving van, mouthing the usual platitudes about bringing government closer to the people. “The problem with Washington is...
The issue: Aram Benyamin has finished 10 months as Springs Utilities CEO, so evaluations are in order. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. What we think: It’s safe to say Benyamin has surpassed expectations, leading and changing Utilities’ culture. Back when Colorado Springs Utilities was bracing for...
Successful Republican presidential candidates in the modern era have often had experience in business or the military (or both), as well as in government. Dwight Eisenhower, perhaps our greatest military commander, became president of Columbia University after the war until he discarded the scholar’s robe to become president. Richard...