And now these issues, and the long-forgotten passions of long-forgotten politicians, are figuratively preserved in amber like long-dead mosquitoes. Continue Reading Leadership all that’s needed for changeContinue reading …
Two weeks ago, contemporary art sales in New York at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury totaled $837 million. More than 120 artists recorded all-time high prices.
The prices achieved were staggering, as were the returns on investment that they represented.
A 1962 Andy Warhol, “Green Car Crash,” sold at Christie’s for $71.8 million. The painting was acquired by the consignor in 1978 for $71,000. His return on investment, before auction fees, was 100,000 percent. Continue Reading Beauty, bucks in eye of beholder
C’mon, fess up, did you pay your bill from the Stormwater Enterprise? It’s OK, neither did I.
Oh, I got the bill in the mail some time ago, and I put it aside to pay, and then I just didn’t.
I guess I had a Doug Bruce moment.
As you may know, ol’ Mr. Antitax, the Dougster himself, claims that the so-called stormwater fee isn’t a fee, but a tax; and as such, should have been authorized by a vote of the people. Continue Reading I’m not the only one breaking the law
In an interview published last week in New York Times Magazine, author/screenwriter Nora Ephron was asked whether there are any advantages to growing older.
“This insistence on the joy of aging — this is all garbage,.” said the 66 year-old Ephron.
Well, I dunno. As it happens, I’m exactly her age, and I’m eagerly anticipating an event which, absent the steady accrual of years, I could never imagine attending.
Yup, it’s a reunion — my 45th college reunion. Continue Reading 1962: We were brothers, we were young
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)
“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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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