A couple of years ago, the Business Journal ran a story about the hundreds of well-meaning, carefully drafted plans that were gathering dust in a forgotten city archive. Many were produced in-house, while others were created by expensive consultants. Most were ignored, while some were incorporated into city policies. Maybe...
Elon Musk does not think small. The 43-year-old founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, took on  legacy organizations that seemed impregnable, challenging the mighty on their own ground. A payment system that competes directly with Visa and MasterCard? How preposterous — didn’t he realize that it wouldn’t work? A couple of billion dollars later, […]
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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced yet another economic development program on Friday afternoon after most city employees had gone home. The “Spirits in the Springs” initiative is designed to encourage private and public sector employees alike to linger after work and enjoy life at any of the dozens of downtown and Westside bars and […]
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The “great man” theory of history has few adherents nowadays, except perhaps among men who think they qualify as “great men.” But forgetting for the moment uber-deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, who once said, “Thinking is what we already know that we have not yet begun,” let us now praise two not-so-famous men. Each had long rich […]
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The time has come to ask some difficult and uncomfortable questions about Keith King. The City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 22, was a particularly sad and dispiriting spectacle, magnifying questions about King’s leadership as Council president. King allows — even encourages — Councilors Joel Miller and Don Knight to make lengthy political speeches from […]
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There’s an opening in Denver that absolutely fits my skill set. During my so-called career, I’ve worked in four of America’s most disliked professions. I was a 1970s investment banker in New York City; I worked as a real estate broker in the 1980s, specializing in overpriced properties; in the...
News flash: today’s Election Day! And if you either didn’t know or don’t care, you’re not alone. The City Clerk mailed ballots to 207,155 registered voters. As of yesterday evening, more than 10,000 had been returned as undeliverable, while another 1,601had been issued by the Clerk’s office, leaving a total of 198,142 ballots to be […]
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Colorado Springs — are we the world capital of self-flagellation? Sometimes it seems that way as civic leaders trot off to cool cities like Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City and Papeete (they wish!) to gawk enviously at their betters. We in the media love to join the chorus. Woe is us, we write! Unlike (fill in […]
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Farmers know that monocultures don’t work. Plant corn in a field year after year, neglect water, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides and you won’t have a crop. Be diligent in such application, and you may poison your soil. Adopt the best organic and conventional practices, and you’ll have good yields, lower costs...
All cities face challenges at some point in their history. Fire destroyed much of San Francisco, Katrina drowned New Orleans and a 1900 hurricane leveled Galveston. War ravaged Beirut, Dresden and St Petersburg. The Black Plague decimated London, and more than a thousand famines have swept through Chinese cities. We dread the four horsemen of […]
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Walking from the Business Journal's office on Platte Avenue to meet my geezer homies for coffee last week, I thought about Jane Jacobs. The author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," Jacobs was the first urbanist, as we've come to understand the term. Written during 1961, 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...