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A couple of decades ago, no one would have put Duluth on a list of America’s best towns, let alone at the top of the list. Located 150 miles north of Minneapolis, on the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, Duluth was a dying Rust Belt city with a collapsing economic base and an… Continue Reading Here’s a different role model: Duluth!

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

Makepeace, Miller, Suthers & Lathen — it has a certain mellifluous ring, don’t you think? It could be a long-vanished New York law firm, sharing an office building with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell. But as the April 2015 municipal election approaches in Colorado Springs, it’ll be clear that MMS&L aren’t amiable partners… Continue Reading Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Banning Lewis deal might face tough hurdle

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Nor’wood Development Group’s acquisition of the 18,000-acre Banning Lewis Ranch, announced last week, was greeted with cautious optimism by regional open space/conservation advocates. It has been widely assumed that half or more of the total acreage would be set aside as parkland, open space, paleontological reserve with limited public access, and a portion reserved for… Continue Reading Banning Lewis deal might face tough hurdle

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Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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When Colorado Springs voters go to the polls to elect a new mayor next April — only about 140 days from now — there will be at least three well-qualified candidates to choose from, four if incumbent Mayor Steve Bach chooses to run for a second four-year term. Bach, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, John… Continue Reading Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Mary Lou Makepeace knows how to fill a room and give a speech. Those talents were on abundant display Wednesday morning at the packed downtown Gold Room (a Mining Exchange event venue) as Makepeace formally kicked off her mayoral campaign for the April 2015 city election. Makepeace called for “collaboration and unity among our civic… Continue Reading Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead… Continue Reading Pavlovian response prevails in stormwater vote

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It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

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City Council agendas are at best boring, often disturbing and sometimes infuriating. They’re never fun to read — the best you can hope for is that Council and the administration have taken to heart the ancient admonition to physicians: Above all, do no harm. Item 8i on Monday’s work session agenda, innocently titled “Cumbres and… Continue Reading City shouldn’t give away relic from its past

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Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Remember the old song? “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town / the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” Physical geography is easy enough to learn, but what about economic geography? Is Colorado up, or is it down? Are we, as Gov. John Hickenlooper would have it, a state with a powerful, diversified… Continue Reading Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Election night party news

Want to go top an election night party, have a glass of wine, munch some light appetizers and schmooze with your favorite Republicans/Democrats? The Republicans will be whooping it up on Nov. 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Stargazers, while the Dems will open the doors of the Gold Room (just south of the Mining… Continue Reading Election night party news

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