Got $300,000 sitting around to invest in downtown real estate? Like fine old historic properties? How about the long-vacant downtown Chicago post office, once the world’s largest such facility? As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, it’ll be going up for auction on Aug. 27, and the minimum bid...
You’ve gotta hand it to the Democrats — they sure know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And, conversely, you’ve gotta hand it to the Republicans — they’ve managed to nominate the one candidate who can reach out to independents and Democrats, and win in November. For months to come, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be locked in a real-time celebrity death match, a fight that will grow in passion and nastiness every week, until a winner finally emerges.
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The outcome was set in stone, supporters believed. But opponents never gave up. And the opposition prevailed. “I was counting votes,” said a member of the Highway 115 Citizens Advisory Committee. “Sometimes I thought they heard us, sometimes I thought not. It was up and down, then they went into closed...
Here’s a marketing maxim we’ve all heard: Control your brand. A city’s brand should be accurate, timeless, immune from scandal or piracy and beloved by residents and visitors alike. The Big Apple. The City by the Bay. The Mile High City. No one can remove the bay from San Francisco...
In an expensive, unnecessary and politically damaging recall election that culminates on Sept. 10, Colorado Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, will either be confirmed in office for one more year or recalled. If the recall fails, we’re back to status quo ante. Democrats will still control the both houses of the Legislature. John Hickenlooper […]
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Sorting through boxes of junk in the basement, I came across a copy of the May 4, 2000, issue of the Colorado Springs Independent. Here’s a strangely topical excerpt from my 17-year-old column. “If you want to know how government works, in its innocent, conniving way, go take a look...
So, next time you read a breathless account of mis-or-malfeasance in local government, take it with a small grain of salt. What you may be seeing, rather than the laziness and incompetence of government, is the natural inclination of journalists to take their shots at the easiest targets available.
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Minneapolis-based Artspace may soon begin construction of an affordable live/work complex for artists on a roughly 1-acre site at 315 E. Costilla. The existing building, which once housed the Gill Center for Public Media, has been acquired for $1.8 million by the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority (managed by...
<em>Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. — Charles Dickens, “Bleak House” For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th’oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th’unworthy takes… — Shakespeare, “Hamlet”</em>
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As we all know, Colorado College’s takeover of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is a done deal — like it or not. In the accepted narrative, Colorado College is the FAC’s sugar daddy, rescuing a poor threadbare maiden from poverty and insecurity. Thanks to the college’s kindness, the roof...
Remember the old Roadrunner cartoons that entertained generations of kids before video games and the Internet? Remember when the Coyote would suddenly arrive at the edge of a precipice? He wouldn’t stop. He’d just keep going, running in thin air — and suddenly, he’d look down, realize his plight, and plummet to the ground, to the audience’s shrieking delight.
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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s […]
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