A few days ago a fold-over postcard from the city’s Land Use Review Division arrived in our mailbox. I thought it was another tiresome screed from the city’s landscaping/behavioral police (e.g., your trees overhang the right of way, your dogs bark too much, you need to clean up the pile...
National Democrats and Colorado Republicans may seem like strange bedfellows, but they share one defining characteristic: They know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. In 2016, Democrats mobilized around a convenient progressive trope, the laudable notion that it was time for a woman president. The majority of...
Reminiscing with my old pal and fellow Colorado native Robert some time ago, we agreed that our beloved state’s best days had long passed. “It was around 1960,” Robert recalled. “The population was a little over a million and a half, the roads were never crowded, the mountains weren’t overrun...
Local politicians, visitor industry spokespeople and media folks have long been entranced by best-of lists. Regardless of the source, our leaders will happily trumpet any list that ranks our fair city at or near the top. Best place for Millennials/retirees/to start a business/to buy a home/to find a job/to...
President Trump’s much-derided threat to destroy Iranian “cultural sites” as tensions between Iran and the U.S. increased earlier this week reminded me that economic progress often drives the destruction of such sites. We know how to build, and we know how to tear down — and sometimes we do a...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
How many governments are there in the Pikes Peak region? That’s a simple question, for which there are multiple answers. You start with the feds, work your way down to counties and cities, then school districts — and then? Keep going — you’ll find yourself stuck in a morass of...
We who live in the Pikes Peak region well understand that sports and business are often intertwined — just look at our city’s Olympic branding, the soon-to-open Olympic Museum, and the multiple sports organizations headquartered here. In considering the economic impact of outdoor sports in Colorado, I remember Bernard...