Craggy-faced, erect, serious and besuited — the four men standing on the City Auditorium stage might have been retired bankers, Vietnam-era pilots or perhaps even tough old ranchers from the eastern plains. Nope — Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Bill Murray and Larry Bagley were there to be sworn in as newly elected (or re-elected) members […]
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Last week, we featured a feel-good look at the nine best things ever to happen to our sometimes benighted community. This week: a sourly opinionated account of the seven worst events in our city’s checkered history. Is the field of Armageddon located right here in Colorado Springs? Have we, like...
The periodic skirmishes between City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the mayor erupted into open, bitter warfare on Wednesday, as elected officials from the city and the county replied to Mayor Steve Bach’s criticism of the proposed stormwater initative. Earlier in the day, Mayor Bach had criticized the initiative at a press coinference, […]
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   Flown anywhere lately? If so, has your experience been anything like that of Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air,” who’s on the road 300 days of the year? Bingham moves effortlessly through “air world,” as he calls it, scarcely inconvenienced by lines at security check-ins, cancelled...
Here’s a suggestion: Head south on Interstate 25, get off at Bijou Street, go south on Cascade Avenue and eventually head west on Colorado Avenue to Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Where will you stop? What will attract your attention? What seems welcoming and fun, and what seems...
It’s almost the middle of July in an election year — time for prognostication. Who will win? Who will lose? Given my past record, you probably won’t find out here, but who knows? Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn, so here are my picks. Hillary’s running mate: Colorado Gov. John...
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...
When do you know that a potential downtown development really is moving from the planning stage to breaking ground? The answer is simple: when the developers start reeling in serious tax breaks. After discussing the percentages available to the project's developers, the Downtown Development Authority's board allowed them to keep 100 percent...
The official celebration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of Colorado City during 1859 came and went without much fuss. Thanks to scores of neighborhood volunteers, a monument was erected, ice cream was eaten and the band played on. It was as homey and unpretentious as Colorado City itself, once the...
Preparing to write yet another piece about local politics, I allowed myself to drift a little bit. Suppose that I didn’t have to write about politics? Suppose I could write about sports? Couldn’t we just apply sports metrics to the City Council’s performance? Everyone on board? OK, good, let’s look back...
Last week it was time for a haircut, so I made an appointment with my friend Tiffany, who has a salon in her south-side home. Tiffany’s a competent woman in her 40s who has been cutting hair for 20 years. Making ends meet was tough when she had young children, so she worked construction, bartended […]
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Somehow our once-forlorn little city has become America’s beau ideal, one at or near the top of every dreary metric created to sort and classify urban areas. We’re bike-friendly, dog-friendly, veteran-friendly, reasonably affordable and blessed with an equable climate. Our economy is booming, our schools are good, our politicians are...