Wednesday morning, the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs revealed the results of an online survey completed recently by 1,100 persons in the region.
Respondents said they want new businesses to fill the vacant storefronts, they think downtown should be more pedestrian-friendly and they want the vagrancy problem to be reduced, said Downtown Partnership CEO and President Susan Edmondson. They want more transit options, more activities in parks and they want downtown to have more destination attractions.
Respondents did not list parking as a problem, which both delighted and slightly discouraged Edmondson, who laughed about it.
“Parking is a problem you sort of want to have. That means a lot of people are coming downtown,” she said.
Respondents said what makes downtown a destination would include a public market, a sports events center, completion of the Legacy Loop, an Olympic Museum and a city auditorium, Edmondson said. The Legacy Loop is a 10-kilometer trail which now is unfinished.
She added housing downtown is critical and important for Millennials as well as people retiring.
But the vagrancy issue is growing and is a younger population, unlike in the past when the demographic of vagrancy were older adults.
“Enforcement and services [for the vagrants] need to work together,” Edmondson said, saying building a center for vagrants to spend their days is a top priority with the city.
A downtown police substation will open “any day now,” she said.