Let’s assume that 2C fails, and that our fair city’s fiscal woes continue. Let’s further assume that the votes split.
Voters from the North End, Broadmoor, Patty Jewett, Ivywild, Cheyenne Canyon and Skyway are supportive, while residents of the suburban ring oppose the measure.
Such an outcome would confirm once again that Colorado Springs is not one city, but two – a blue heart encircled by a red rope.
Take the city’s historic core, add Manitou Springs, Cedar Heights, Pleasant Valley, and everything west of Interstate 25 from Fillmore south, and you have a diverse little city, characterized by historic architecture, museums, mom-and-pop businesses and moderate politics.
It could well be the finest place to live in America.
Denver’s culture without Denver traffic! Boulder without crazy politics and drunken students! Aspen without high prices, obnoxious celebrities and too much snow!
It could be, but for one thing. Most of the residents of our could-be city don’t control their own destiny.
The “Red Lords” of suburbia reign over them.
Better funding for city services? No! Historic preservation? Nonsense! Fix up the historic City Auditorium? Why bother? Close the Pioneers Museum? Works for us! Pay cops and firefighters less? Good idea!!!
If 2C goes down, maybe it’ll be time to think about jurisdictional realignment.
Why shouldn’t the now-powerless residents of the city’s blue heart get together and secede from the city? I know, I know – secession has not been a popular concept since the late unpleasantness between North and South during the 1860s. But that was a long time ago – think of it as divorce.
Like an endlessly quarreling couple who might once have been well-suited to each other, the two cities which share the name of Colorado Springs ought to face the facts and negotiate an amiable separation.
Suburban residents will no longer have to spend time dealing with/apologizing for the lunatics in the city core, and vice versa. Taxaholics can tax themselves, and taxophobes can keep on cutting. We’ll all have the best of possible worlds, regardless of our political leanings.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that’s our new motto!
Secessionists of the city, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!