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Colorado Springs is, unlike Denver or Pueblo, an artificial city.
Pueblo began as a trading post, and, thanks to east-west rail and nearby deposits of coal and iron, became an industrial city — the Pittsburgh of the Rocky Mountains.
Denver, located at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River, was a natural site for settlement. Beginning in 1858, when the first settlers arrived, the city grew rapidly and haphazardly. Continue Reading After fast start, Springs’ growth took a breather

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Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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And if foreclosures continue to mount, we may see a repeat of the disasters of the late 1980s — a local economic slowdown combined with a glut of housing inventory — which, if history’s any guide, means a Wal-Mart moment … Watch for Falling Prices! Continue Reading Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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It’s time to get in on the ground floor

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But if you own an average house in Aspen — just a rickety old miner’s shack, updated with electric lights, a space heater and running water — it’ll be worth a cool $57 million come 2016. Continue Reading It’s time to get in on the ground floor

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Some preconception-shatterers to start

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… It’s always interesting to have your worldview turned upside down or your most treasured preconceptions shattered by cold, hard facts. Continue Reading Some preconception-shatterers to start

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Looking into the crystal ball for next year

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Another year gone, and what do we have to show for it? An optimist would say that he/she has grown, learned and flourished; a pessimist might note that he/she is just that much closer to dusty death.
But since none of us are dead yet, let’s be optimistic. Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for next year

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Jerry Smith, 1940-2006

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“He had the soul of an artist — everything he did was done with such an artistic and wonderful flair — these wonderful gatherings, with his garden and the little divas from the opera. He was such a delightful friend — to me, to everyone, to the whole community.”<br>-Kathleen Collins Continue Reading Jerry Smith, 1940-2006

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2006 Politics and water

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The maneuvering began as the New Year dawned. Colorado Democrats prayed, not for rain, not for forgiveness, but that wildly popular Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper would deign to run for governor.
None of the other contenders were thought to have a chance against the GOP’s anointed candidate, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez. Continue Reading 2006 Politics and water

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Tom, it’s high time to do the right thing

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Tom should recuse himself from all SDS-related votes, and not participate in closed council sessions when council discusses such matters. Failing that, he ought to be removed from council. Continue Reading Tom, it’s high time to do the right thing

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Sometimes there aren’t ‘right’ choices

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“No other national endeavor requires as much unshakable resolve as war. If the nation and the government lack that resolve, it is criminal to expect men in the field to carry it alone.”
Those sentences were written in 2001 by John McCain. They are from his foreword to a new edition of David Halberstam’s book “The Best and the Brightest.” Continue Reading Sometimes there aren’t ‘right’ choices

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No one said it would be easy

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At City Council’s Nov. 28 meeting, agenda item No. 20 drew little apparent interest. After a brief discussion, the item was approved on first reading.
Item No. 20 was the 2007 city budget, a complex document which spells out, in excruciating detail, the city’s anticipated revenue and scheduled expenditures for the next fiscal year. Continue Reading No one said it would be easy

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