Stalled developments, a slowing economy and interstate construction projects limiting access have put downtown Colorado Springs in limbo, suspended it appears between a resplendent past and an uncertain future.
Less than a year ago, three substantial developers seemed poised to launch major projects. Ray O’Sullivan and Sam Guadagnoli had put together a partnership to build the Cooper Tower, a 24-story hotel/retail/loft project on the southeast corner of Kiowa and Nevada.
Just next door, Chris Jenkins planned an office/retail project at Pikes Peak and Nevada avenues. The multi-story building was to be called Pikes Peak Place. Continue Reading City’s central core at crossroads (10607)
Kramer … not Lionel Rivera, has been the real mayor of this city, the man who took on Doug Bruce and beat him, the man who gave credence and legitimacy to major community endeavors like the Regional Transportation Authority. Continue Reading Glad the creatives haven’t ruined the cityContinue reading …
“It just doesn’t make sense to poke the Army in the eye with a stick, before they’ve even begun to study it. … What’s the legislature going to do if Carson is on the BRAC list in a few years, vote for a resolution begging the Army not to close it?”<br>-Sen. John Morse Continue Reading Both sides of aisle had plenty of wins, lossesContinue reading …
Unlike mere mortals, states don’t die. Colorado will be here 10, 20, a hundred years from now — and future Coloradoans will still be gambling away the rent money. Continue Reading One dumb idea that isn’t dead foreverContinue reading …
The arts are a major economic driver in Colorado, but not every city is benefiting equally.
The gains flow disproportionately to the seven-county Denver Metropolitan area. In 2005, Denver-area cultural facilities were responsible for more than10,000 direct jobs, and $1.4 billion of economic activity.
In Colorado Springs, a 2004 study about the impact of the 10 largest nonprofit arts and cultural organizations attributed 754 direct and indirect jobs and $85 million in economic activity. Continue Reading Separate and nowhere close to equal
Here’s a question for you: Which city raised more for Republican presidential candidates during the first quarter of this year, Boulder or Colorado Springs?
You already know the answer, don’t you? I wouldn’t bother to ask the question if the answer were obvious. Continue Reading Primary politics no place for indifference
Lawrence Leighton Smith and Thomas Wilson, the music director and associate conductor, respectively, for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, are being honored by ABE for their “Ongoing Support for Arts Education.”
As the citation says: “Knowledgeable, appreciative audiences, as well as instrumentalists and conductors, are being fostered by Messrs. Smith and Wilson’s commitment to the Philharmonic’s ‘Conductor in the Classroom’ and ‘Young People’s Concerts’ programs, the former bringing personal and musical exposure to working musician/conductors into the classroom, the latter bringing live professional symphonic performances to 7,000 children each year. Continue Reading Smith, Wilson committed to broadening orchestra’s outreach
What Radford was saying, of course, is that gays and lesbians are second-class citizens, eligible to pay taxes, but not eligible for the “special rights” that majority-approved groups qualify for by reason of their majority status. Continue Reading Springs used to lead way in toleranceContinue reading …
Eighteen years ago, Marc Murphy and Mike Chaput were living in California, when a friend contacted them with an unusual proposition.
Colorado had just legalized limited-stakes casino gambling in three mountain towns. How would they like to pull up stakes, move to Cripple Creek and open a casino? Continue Reading Successfully rolling dice on a gambling business
To recapitulate: State Rep. Larry Liston gets caught sending a foolishly inflammatory e-mail, and then his Democratic counterpart Mike Merrifield gets tripped up by one as well.
And before them there was Rep. Jim Welker, who made a habit of forwarding right-wing, faintly racist screeds to fellow legislators, lobbyists and members of the public. Continue Reading There’s trouble ahead, trouble behind