Like so many midsize cities stuck in the orbit of a much larger metropolis, Colorado Springs has always suffered from a certain existential angst. St. Paul can’t compete with Minneapolis; Dallas dwarfs Fort Worth; and Denver will always disrespect Colorado Springs. Indeed, Denver can be compared with a black hole,...
What’s history? The dull recital of dates, battles, kingdoms and presidents? The slow process through which societies grow, adapt and change? Or, is it what we experience ourselves — the events that define us, our family and our community? For most of us, history is shared experiences.
Deal — or no deal? USOC — or USnoC? City Council made a deal to keep Their Olympian Majesties in Colorado Springs — and now they have to do some quick repair work to keep everything from falling apart. Unpleasant Reality No. 1: The U.S. Olympic Committee’s first priority is not...
“The General Assembly shall, as soon as practicable, provide for the establishment and maintenance of a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state, wherein all residents of the state, between the ages of 6 and 21 years, may be educated gratuitously.” — Article IX, Section 2, Constitution of the State of Colorado. The Constitution’s authors sought to build, in the clear Colorado air, a new and better society — educated, humane, fair and free.
The American West. What do those words evoke? The last frontier? Wide open spaces (with “room to make big mistakes,” as the Dixie Chicks so memorably put it)? Outdoors in the mountains, skiing, fishing, hiking, climbing, trail running? Or maybe opportunity? New subdivisions sprouting on barren tracts of prairie? Jobs, businesses, entrepreneurs? A great place to work, play, raise your kids, enjoy the good life?
Every owner of a traditional detached single-family home in Colorado Springs knows that great landscaping improves both one’s property and the surrounding neighborhood. That’s abundantly clear in neighborhoods such as the North End and Briargate, where private and publicly maintained landscapes create green, leafy inviting spaces. When Gen. William Palmer’s...
So what do we have to look forward to this year? I’ve learned not to predict what our antic president will do, and whether his actions will harm or benefit the Republic. I do know from long experience that in Colorado Springs we are the masters and mistresses of...
Folks who live near the Gulf of Mexico are well aware of red tides. During such phenomena, the Gulf’s crystalline blue waters turn a murky red, thanks to sudden algal blooms. Oxygen-deprived fish die and wash up on beaches, while humans may become severely ill from eating shellfish contaminated...
Let’s see: A scant majority of city councilors appears to be dead set against the Mayor’s “City for Champions” proposal. Never mind that every other regional elected body has endorsed the application; never mind that we might get $55 million in state tax increment financing for the four Regional...
July 31, 8:30 a.m. I’m at the tail end of my usual morning bike ride, heading down 26th Street after having ridden to the end of the pavement on Gold Camp Road. It’s a beautiful day, the road ahead is clear and I’m reveling in the fast, sunny descent. That’s...
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...
“Clang, clang, clang went the trolley Ding, ding, ding went the bell.”  – The Trolley Song Colorado Springs residents once again could hear the clang of trolleys downtown, the ding of their bells near UCCS. It will just take some contractual wrangling, political will and some cash — but not as much as...