The estimable folks who brought us the “Dream City” project are searching for a slogan.
Appealing to the public, they wrote that “The Pikes Peak region needs a slogan, words that suggest all the great reasons to visit or live here. As part of the community engagement project Dream City: Vision 2020, we’re collecting your ideas for inspiring slogans.”
Far be it from us to fall short community-engagement wise. We asked for suggestions. Here are a few, and yes, we know that they’re sadly inadequate! That why we’re asking you, dear readers, to submit your own suggestions, in the hope that we can, collectively and individually, come up with the single perfect phrase, or scrap of doggerel, or limerick, or haiku, that inspires, informs and amuses.
Here’s what we have so far:
“Pikes Peak and Busted.”
“Nobody shares our views!”
“Colorado Springs – where only the view matters!”
“Colorado Springs: South of Denver-and to the right of everything”
“Dobson, Haggard – need we say more?”
“Colorado Springs: Where not even Katherine Lee Bates stayed for long.”
“No springs in Colorado Springs!”
“Colorado Springs hits the spot/One 14’er, that’s a lot?/The USOC, and what a view/At least we’ll always have one of two!”
“Colorado Springs – once a city, now a suburb.”
“There once was a town near Pikes Peak/Whose founders large fortunes did seek/But soon they did find/That the town fell behind/And now its reputation is weak”
“Go west young man and claim your stake/To Colorado Springs-where everything’s fake/There you’ll find nature/And government failure/And a town that’s rarely awake.”
You get the idea.
Actually, the city already has a slogan-“We Create Community.” That little phrase was stolen from a bumper sticker created by Citizens Project during the late 1990’s, which read “Celebrate Diversity/Create Community.”
We have no quarrel with the city’s deft plagiarism – it’s better than paying a P.R. firm 20 grand or so to come up with a catchy phrase. The city’s various departments, “friends” groups, and divisions also have mission statements. Here’s our favorite, copied directly from the city website.
“Business with a Competetive Edge”
Colorado Springs Utilities has its slogan as well – “It’s how we’re all connected.” El Paso County is without one.
But Denver’s slogan is simple and memorable -“The Mile-High City.” And just to rub it in, at least one city agency, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, has not only a mission statement (“To advance the arts and culture in the City and County of Denver”) but a vision statement (“To make Denver a community that attracts, cultivates, and mobilizes the creative spirit”).
Inspired by our neighbors to the north, how about “Colorado Springs-755 feet higher than a mile!” or “Colorado Springs – no mission, no vision, no slogan – and proud of it!”