On April 9, Colorado Springs City Council will meet in a 1 p.m. work session to consider the “Banning-Lewis Ranch annexation amendment and restatement presentation and proposed code amendments.” Members of the unwashed, uninformed and (let’s face it!) unwelcome public won’t be able to comment — they’ll have to hold...
A few weeks ago, a portion of the picturesque 1899 stone wall that borders my somewhat rundown 1899 house on the Westside collapsed on the sidewalk. Maintaining our beloved relic of a house is difficult enough as is, with or without historic stone walls to repair. Such a task is...
The death notice was brief and to the point. “After 126 years of operation, The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has decided not to reopen this spring for the 2018 season, or for the forseeable future,” said the press release from The Broadmoor. “Over the past several months, the railroad...
Sorry to have to point this out, but the 2018 gubernatorial election is just more than eight months away. And while we won’t suffer the despairing chaos of a presidential contest, the governor’s race is important. In the past 25 years, business interests have had a remarkable run in the...
So what are we to make of Denver’s nascent scheme to host the Winter Olympics in 2030? Using the simplest and least complicated lens available, let’s ask ourselves one question: Is it good for Colorado Springs? On the plus side, businesses in the Pikes Peak region would get a hefty...
How can we solve our affordable-housing problem? The current crisis has been brewing for many years, and has intensified as the city has become a real estate boomtown, with escalating prices and low vacancies. Result: couch surfers, car sleepers, creekside campers and chronically homeless individuals. Many of us live...
Bad ideas, like backyard skunks, have a way of reappearing when you least expect them. I assume that such reverse serendipity accounts for a draft recommendation from the Colorado Springs Utilities Policy Advisory Committee that according to a Colorado Springs Independent story by Pam Zubeck “calls for removing barriers...
In January 2016, the CSBJ reported highly fluorinated toxic industrial chemicals called PFCs contaminated drinking water provided to more than 80,000 residents of Fountain, Security and Widefield. First synthesized in the 1950s by 3M, these perfluorinated substances have been used by manufacturers worldwide in products that include firefighting foam, nonstick...
Remember this song from the great Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! that made its debut on Broadway in 1943? “Everything’s up-to-date in Kansas City They gone about as fer as they can go...” That’s not Colorado Springs! We’re lunging into the future, laying the foundation stones for a vast new city that...
“Take away the mountains and the sun, and Colorado Springs looks like Cleveland,” said arts maven Bernard Ewell back in the early 1980s. It was a dull, dispiriting time — suburban development had sucked the life out of downtown, Manitou Springs and the Westside had yet to gentrify and...
So Denver made it to the final 20 in the Amazon search for a second headquarters! That’s a big deal since there were 238 applicants for HQ2, a project that may bring billions of investment dollars and 50,000 well-paid jobs to the lucky winner. But let’s not get too far...
Preserve and cherish the past, or move forward to a bright and promising future? That community debate has taken many forms, most recently over Perry Sanders’ proposal to repurpose Antlers Park as the site of the sports and events center that was a key element of the 2013 City...