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It’ll be interesting to watch the forthcoming dustup between The Independent and The Gazette’s new four-day-a-week free publication, which will distribute 10,000 copies of each issue in the city’s core areas. Somewhat to its embarrassment, The Gazette has had to abandon its original name, “Ink” (turns out that name’s taken), and replaced it with FreshInk.… Continue Reading No early line on who’ll win Indy vs. G battle royal

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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it’s always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always get their share – this… Continue Reading Decline, debt and the demise of the daily newspapers

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As roads go, Academy Boulevard is a newcomer. As recently as the early 1960s, there was no Academy Boulevard — just a dirt road running through the unpopulated prairie east of the city limits. Growth changed all that, and brought with it the unplanned, unanticipated and eminently unworkable suburban model that would characterize many Sunbelt… Continue Reading It’s not too late to save Academy Boulevard from a slow, linear death

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Walking from the Business Journal’s office on Platte Avenue to meet my geezer homies for coffee last week, I thought about Jane Jacobs. The author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jacobs was the first urbanist, as we’ve come to understand the term. Written during 1961, the book is a devastating critique… Continue Reading Zoning plan looking back to ensure the future of downtown

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Economics: the dismal science. Making fun of economists: a respected journalistic subcategory. Pretending to understand economics: our incurable national delusion. And one of the most persistent of our national delusions, one which affects businessmen, politicians, the employed and the unemployed alike, is that of autarky. True believers know how to cure whatever economic ills may… Continue Reading Time to let the air out of the feel-good ‘buy local’ bubble

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Deal — or no deal? USOC — or USnoC? City Council made a deal to keep Their Olympian Majesties in Colorado Springs — and now they have to do some quick repair work to keep everything from falling apart. Unpleasant Reality No. 1: The U.S. Olympic Committee’s first priority is not a new office building… Continue Reading My humble suggestions for how council can salvage USOC deal

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All this “Dream City” stuff that The Gazette is pushing seems to be affecting my sleep. The other night I had a dream that was so vivid, that seemed to ring so true, that I wrote it down as soon as I awoke. Apologies to Samuel Coleridge, but journalists don’t dream of “Xanadu, where Kubla… Continue Reading What a wonderful world it would be if R.C. were still around

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Last week, a long-awaited bill to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would have designated Rocky Mountain National Park as a protected wilderness, and would have expanded the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The vote was 282-144, two votes shy… Continue Reading GOP boys put primary preservation before environmental preservation

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Every year, in order to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996, Colorado Springs Utilities provides its customers with an annual water quality report. To a lay reader, the report is alarming, even terrifying. As required by law, CSU lists every “contaminant” that is present in our drinking water. It’s an a dismaying… Continue Reading Tap water likely better — and it’s a lot cheaper

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He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind — Proverbs 11:29 Are you a Christian? Or do you subscribe to Islam, or Judaism, or Ba’Hai, or Buddhism, or Shinto, or Zoroastrianism, or Jainism, or Taoism or Hinduism? Maybe you’re a Wiccan, or an Animist, or an Agnostic or an Atheist. Welcome one and… Continue Reading Perhaps The Shepherd somehow missed the memo about the Clovis

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