I read with interest the article entitled “Lessons from the success of downtown Springs.” As one who lived in Portland, Ore., I can attest to the importance of mixed use in a successful downtown. When I arrived last year to live and work in Colorado Springs, I thought of living closer to downtown. Not having a grocery store or drugstore is the least of Colorado Springs’ problems in encouraging downtown
living. Unfortunately, most retail stores close
at 5 p.m. and are not open on Sundays. Neither a downtown resident nor a downtown worker can shop after work.
I also agree with the authors on the transit system not working. There needs to be more bus stops in the central downtown. Now, a passenger has to go to the main terminal and often walk several blocks to the workplace.