The issue: As the New Year starts, old problems remain. What we think: From TABOR to tourism, here’s our list of challenges and solutions for 2020. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. As 2020 opens, optimism is running high in Colorado Springs. It’s the year the long-awaited U.S. Olympic &...
On Oct. 25, 2013, the Business Journal published a lengthy piece about Colorado Springs mining stock promoter Shannon Murphy. Patrick Holmes, a local investor who believed that he and other investors had been the victims of an elaborate gold mining swindle, had contacted us. It sounded like something from Cripple...
A recent full-page article in The New York Times perfectly depicted that city’s strangely parochial world of high-end art galleries, museums and collectors. Enticingly headlined “How the superrich captured the art world,” it was an irresistible read. The writer: Michael Massing, the author of “Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther and...
Just when the 2019 sports year for Colorado Springs appeared to be ending on a soft note, the tables turned on the first Sunday of December. As the college football season climaxed and bowl matchups fell into place, Air Force received an early Christmas present. Instead of a third-tier opponent...
The issue: Nationally, quality jobs are disappearing. What we think: Regional leadership should focus on careers. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. You’ve probably heard it a lot lately: somebody talking about their “2020 vision.” It’s hard to blame them. The coincidence is too perfect. After all, this chance only...
As we approach the 150th anniversary of our fair city on July 31, 2021, what single trait links us to the city’s founders and to virtually every inhabitant since? We’ve been home to distinguished authors, explorers, athletes, businesspeople, actors, inventors, photographers, murderers, ministers, philanthropists, swindlers, gamblers, ranchers, farmers, rodeo...
The issue: Politics and entertainment are a toxic mix. What we think: Elections should be taken more seriously. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. American politics are highly entertaining at the moment (unless you’re an American) — and that’s probably not a good thing. Real politics, after all, shouldn’t follow...
In a lengthy report released earlier this week, the Brookings Institution called for a 10-year, $100 billion federal program to transform 10 midsized heartland cities into “autonomous advanced growth centers” of innovation and technology. Brookings identified 35 cities as candidates to become new innovation hubs, including Columbus, Pittsburgh, Kansas City,...

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The issue: A third of the city qualifies as a food desert. What we think: Incentivizing local food producers could help. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. Here’s some food for thought during this season of plenty: As you struggle through the malaise that often lingers for days following a...
If you’re considering working with a financial advisor, or even if you’re already working with one, chances are you’ve heard the term fiduciary standard. But what does it mean — and how does it apply to you and the advisor you’re working with? There can be some confusion, so here’s...
Nov. 3, 2020 – Election Day! A year ago, I was sure that Democrats would be entirely focused on beating President Donald Trump. I naïvely believed that policy divisions within the party would be subsumed by that single shared goal, and that the party would by now have united...
The issue: People profit from your anger. What we think: Social media has done more to divide than connect. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. Do you find yourself easier to anger these days? Do you have perpetual anxiety about the path of our country? Our state? Our city? Your household? Are...