Anne Gorsuch, the mother of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, was a controversial Colorado politician best remembered (by me, anyway), for coining the phrase “nothingburger.” I thought of Anne as I plowed through the dismal bureaucratese of PlanCOS, the newest iteration of the city’s comprehensive plan. Here’s a sample paragraph: “In...
“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City/They’ve gone about as fer as they can go.” That Richard Rodgers melody from the 1943 musical Oklahoma! was about that bustling Midwestern city as seen by a naïve cowboy in 1906. Not surprisingly, Kansas City residents quickly adopted it, and Oscar Hammerstein’s gently...
As our trade war deepens with countries around the world, Colorado stands to lose both jobs and income. The state is not as reliant on exports as California ($5.6 billion in exports) or Texas ($3.9 billion), but there are 733,900 jobs and $276.8 million in exports at stake under the...
It’s 7 a.m. on a sunny June day — time to head for the mountains. I want cool air, sparkling vistas, snowcapped peaks, wildflowers in bloom, a fun day and a temporary respite from the urban clamor of the Springs. I’m not the only one. Turning onto Highway 24 from...
Next month, businesses and residents of Colorado Springs will see an additional fee on their utility bills: the long-awaited — and much-needed — stormwater fee. Voters approved the monthly fee during the last round of municipal elections, and the city now has the infrastructure in place to start collecting the...
Who owns downtown’s streets? That’s a question that never will be definitively resolved and one that we’ve been fighting over for 147 years. According to Newport in the Rockies, Marshall Sprague’s definitive history of Colorado Springs, by late July 1871, Gen. William Palmer’s associate, Gen. Robert Cameron, had platted “1,000...
New construction for apartments downtown, a start on building the United States Olympic Museum, groundbreaking on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex. Record employment levels matched with new companies and entrepreneurs; a city government that’s responsive to business needs and growing industry sectors in cybersecurity. UCCS, Colorado College and Pikes Peak...
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...
When President Donald Trump announced a 35 percent tariff on newsprint from Canada, one U.S. company immediately hired 50 people back to run its paper mill. But even as the North Pacific Paper Co. — the sole company complaining about Canadian imports — hired people for its plant in...
What does Colorado Springs have in common with Buffalo, N.Y; St. Paul, Minn.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.? It’s simple — we’re all second cities, traditionally eclipsed, overwhelmed and sometimes beaten down by our bullying big brother city. That was certainly the case for us a few years ago,...
Colorado Springs has a vital opportunity to grab onto high-tech firms and startups to create the kind of economic development and high-paying jobs that could transform the city. But we’re missing out on that opportunity. Lack of funding for firms that are inventing, creating and designing the next generation...
It’s getting to be that time of year in Colorado Springs — when throngs of people crowd the streets of downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs, when the cars snake around Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, when shops and restaurants are full, parks are busy and...