In PlanCOS, the city’s comprehensive plan that received final approval from city council in January, Mayor John Suthers states in the introduction, “The PlanCOS Comprehensive Plan positions Colorado Springs to take full advantage of its economic opportunities to create and maintain the very best places to live, do business...
It’s been interesting to watch the Cascade Avenue bike lanes war meander along, especially as the battle lines seem so clear. It’s Millennials versus Boomers, cyclists versus giant SUVs and monster pickups, urban tanks versus two-wheeled lane snatchers, liberal snowflakes versus conservative realists, deep state schemers versus plain folks...
Affordable housing advocates in Colorado Springs are worried. We’ve all seen what gentrification has done to neighborhoods in Denver, where housing prices are so high, workers there are seeking affordable options in other cities, losing the culture and character of neighborhoods in favor of expensive McMansions and luxury apartments. Gone are...
Small business is in my blood. My mother started a bookstore in her 20s and kept it going through the Great Depression, World War II and the challenges and opportunities of postwar Colorado Springs. My father was an independent investment broker whose once-thriving business shrank dramatically in the 1930s. He...
What do New Guinea, Suriname and the United States have in common? They are among the few countries, out of nearly 200 recognized globally, that do not offer federally mandated paid family leave. The U.S. is the only industrialized country on the planet that doesn’t guarantee paid time off...
Do geezers rule national politics? Let’s see — on Nov. 3, 2020, Donald Trump will be 74, Bernie Sanders 79, Joe Biden 78, Chuck Schumer 70 and Nancy Pelosi 80. Then there are the young upstarts; Kamala Harris 56, Beto O’Rourke 48, and Cory Booker 51. And last are...
This February, instead of celebrating black history and black accomplishments, instead of recognizing the lasting effects of slavery and segregation, we were all treated to news of politicians in Virginiawho wore blackface in their pre-politics youth and a new Gucci sweater that gives new meaning to racist and tacky. How...
“One line is too much,” a Florida friend told me 40 years ago, “and one kilo is not enough.” He was warning me about the dangers of cocaine (which I more or less avoided), but he didn’t touch on other expensive, life-altering, career-endangering, mind-destroying addictive behaviors. Consider running for elected office,...
Last week’s sale of Colorado Springs-based Transit Mix Concrete to Aggregate Industries, a subsidiary of Swiss-based LaFargeHolcim, raises a lot of interesting questions. Why did Continental Materials, TM’s former parent company, spin off TM’s ready-mix concrete operations and an associated sand pit while retaining the Pikeview quarry and the “potential...
2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy, from which descended the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The FAC, now a part of Colorado College, opened its doors in 1936. In 1919, Colorado Springs had a population of about 30,000. By 1936, it had increased...
On April 2 residents of Colorado Springs will go to the polls to elect a mayor and three at-large city councilors … wait a minute, there are no polls! Actual elections are so dreary, old-fashioned and inconvenient. Instead, we’ll cast our votes by snail mail, yet another dreary, old-fashioned...
What a long strange trip it’s been. Thirty years ago, Colorado Springs was a different city. It was smaller, for one thing. For another, it was reeling from a dual economic punch: the national savings and loan scandal and the local collapse of Frank Aries’ plans for Banning-Lewis Ranch. The year...