Late Tuesday afternoon, a cryptic text from Perry Sanders popped up on my screen. “Hilton removed from the house Palmer built.” It was soon clear that Sanders and his partner, attorney John Goede of Florida, had closed their deal. The Hilton logo disappeared from the shabby downtown icon, and a bright...
What would Colorado Springs do without plans? I have no idea. Ours is a city of plans. Gen. William Palmer’s men drove the town’s first stake in 1871 at what is now the southeast corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues, and proceeded from that zero point to lay out...
You might be forgiven for supposing that Councilmember Don Knight has been solely focused on efforts to expand Council’s powers (or reclaim them from Mayor Bach!), while valiantly fighting against any local public funding for the “City for Champions” proposal. Not so! The Knight of Sorrowful Mien has been busy at work behind the scenes, […]
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“Clang, clang, clang went the trolley Ding, ding, ding went the bell.”  – The Trolley Song Colorado Springs residents once again could hear the clang of trolleys downtown, the ding of their bells near UCCS. It will just take some contractual wrangling, political will and some cash — but not as much as...
It’s easy to be an entrepreneur, isn’t it? You come up with an idea; you get it funded; you share space with other entrepreneurs; you hang out with cool, successful people and do cool, successful things. Hey, if Jessica Alba can do it, why not you? If only it were that easy....
The recently released Colorado Springs Bike Share report is full of cheery forecasts, hopeful assumptions and wistful yearnings. The worthy folks who conceived the idea and then helped fund and put together the comprehensive 46-page feasibility study deserve our thanks and support. Send ’em good thoughts and praise — but...
TRS-80? Commodore? Altair? To the aging techies who first acquired a home computer in the 1970s, those names are familiar. By today’s standards, they were awful little bundles of nastiness, ready to crash for any reason. If you were smart, patient and tech-savvy, you could master their mysteries, and do...
There’s not much to like about gravel quarries, essential as they are to regional economies throughout America. We need construction aggregate to build and maintain highways and railroad beds and to construct commercial and residential buildings. Quarries must be ready to supply scores, even hundreds of customers on a daily...
How should Colorado Springs Utilities be governed? That’s a good question, especially since there’s no definitive answer. Until the mid-1990s, CSU was just another city department, albeit a large, resentful and unwieldy one. The CEO reported to the city manager, who oversaw all city departments. Although tight-lipped and clannish, CSU managers...
Prison escapees and ingenious scam artists often draw our admiration. Break out of prison or make a run for freedom and most of us will be secretly sympathetic. After all, if you were stuck in some godforsaken hole in upstate New York for the rest of your life, wouldn’t you...
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...
Last Saturday at King Soopers, I ran into an acquaintance. He’s about my age, a Colorado Springs native and a guy who has been deeply involved in our community for decades. His mom was a teacher at Colorado Springs High School when I graduated in 1958. “Hey, John!” he said. “Hey,...