2C, or to secede?

Thu, Oct 22, 2009


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!

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9 Comments For This Post

  1. FactFinder Says:

    John brings us myths and fables for Colorado Springs. Stories about good, loyal neighborhoods willing to dip into their pockets, and which areas are filled with citizens of a lesser stature. You know, heathens who are opposed to city improvements.

    Two examples: The fabled North end homeowners association is considered one of the best blue hearts of the city. They negotiated for years with the City Street department about the upgrade of the Unitah bridge over Monument Creek. They wanted a splendid architectural monument. The city reasonably asked the North end group to support their requests with a small supplemental property tax from them, since the spectacular bridge was going to greatly benefit their neighborhood.
    The fabled North Enders voted down that tax and the vote wasn’t even close.

    In several recent elections, careful scrutiny of the voter totals showed that the Rockrimmon, Briargate and Pine Creek citizens (basically upscale SD 11 and SD 20 areas) voted strongly for the requested taxes, while John’s favored neighborhoods were negative supporters. (I got this information from one of the very top city officers.)

    But I think John has missed the point of this election.

    Mark Twain said you should always love your country (or your city) but the government has to earn your respect.

    This government (and city workers) have lied to taxpayers around here. They have lied early and often. They claimed they were poorly paid. Subsequent investigations shows just the opposite. They are among the highest paid employees in the United States.

    They have ignored the voters. They have gone out of their way to avoid required public votes for substantial increases in debt. They have tried to intimidate us with threats to close parks, and threatened to lower our public safety, all while they transfer $35 million plus interest to subsidize the USOC so a favored few can have luxurious offices. (Also without a public vote, and much of this happened in secret, illegal meetings.)

    They have kept Public Lands on Pikes Peak closed to Public Use, even though there was a vote by the people of this city in 1967, a vote which passed in a landslide. Never mind that Aurora and Denver opened their Public Lands to Public Use over two decades ago. Our city leaders are clearly keeping their private hunting and fishing club to themselves, while we the people pay for their fun.

    When the budget crunch came, they immediately eliminated funding for water to the Uncle Wilbur Fountain, (which is tremendously popular with little children) but continued astonishing bonus packages in the Utilities Department. A five million dollar bonus package at that. It’s too bad that five year olds around here don’t get to vote.

    Denver is also having budget problems. This vicious recession is hitting everyone. One of the obvious causes of this recession is excessive debt. So our council adds more debt. Last week, no less. Some people don’t learn.

    Denver employees agreed to taking a few days off without pay to help avoid layoffs. But not my city. Lay people off and protect the big salaries, that was their choice.
    Yeah, I’m going to vote.
    And I do love my city. But this city council is completely out of touch with the citizens of this city.

  2. Mary Says:

    Sign me up John! How do we make this happen!

    Factfinder should check his facts or comprehension. There wasn’t a $35 million one-time payment to the USOC meaning there weren’t funds sitting there that could have otherwise been used to pay for city services. It will be about $1.5m a year — having the USOC brings in about $3.6m by conservative estimates, but some people will never get that.

  3. Craig Says:

    Look a Chicago and Philly already had the mil increase, already have the enterprise plans in place and what now furloughs. Where they seceding to? That is where the lack of restraint leads.

  4. Bryce Says:

    I know this is tongue-in-cheek, but the idea is so appealing…

  5. Like it'll matter ..... Says:

    … so, if we seceded, we’d have to name a ‘new’ city. I’d s’pose that the core & westend would keep the name Colorado Springs, and we could call the rest of it, what ? NE.COS maybe ? NewCOS ? Powersville ? Focusburg ? Sprawlton ? SandHillston ? Develotopia ? Whattaya think ?

  6. FactFinder Says:

    To Mary:

    You know, of course, that the so called economic documents to support your and the City’s contention about the USOC economic contributions to our city have somehow managed to … “disappear?” Ah, the fascination never stops. How’s that for comprehension?

    We will all get to see how much business this downtown adventure will generate.

    Twenty more people eating lunch downtown is not going to recover fifty three million dollars.

  7. John Says:

    How very blue hearted of you to suggest division John. This article falls flat to encourage anyone to vote for 2C or secede.

    People made up there minds for and against 2C a long while ago.

  8. James A Speer Says:

    I think this is a great Idea, John . . . . let all those opposed to the “public good” have their suburban sprawl franchise heaven . .. . they don’t need a city!

  9. Vicki Says:

    I think you spiked this one John. Those northerners are really hurting our city.