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Bared breasts vs. flying bullets

Mon, Dec 28, 2009

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Not so many years ago, when I was younger, carefree, single and ready to party, downtown was a wonderful place to be on a Friday night.

Clubs such as Eden, the Vue and Rum bay were safe and welcoming, if often rowdy. But, these days downtown is downright dangerous. There have been a number of recent reports about late-night downtown gun fights.

But, at the same time, there have been a number of stories about Springs police cracking down on public nudity.

They appear to care more about bare breasts than about public safety.

It used to be that if undercover cops were lurking downtown, they weren’t worried about nudity. They never bothered to arrest women for indecent exposure or shut down the clubs for liquor license violations or ticket patrons for excessive ogling.

But now things are different. The cops are out in force, and all of those skanky women have been made to change their ways. No more bare breasts! The elevated moral tone of our city must be preserved!

But as many of us have noticed, downtown has changed. Forget ‘Spring Break on Tejon Street’ – it’s now a fully-clothed free-fire zone.

It’s almost comical to listen to our elected and appointed officials solemnly declaim about the importance of the liquor licensing laws and how seriously the city regards violations of these ordinances.

Maybe councilmembers and cops alike ought to stop worrying about nudity and start worrying about public safety.

Downtown after midnight is about as safe as the South Bronx in the 70′s or Newark in the 80′s. Thanks to aggressive and effective policing, as well as neighborhood revitalization, barhopping in Brooklyn is a lot safer than partying on Tejon Street.

Why? Are the police underfunded? Or are we misapplying already – limited funds?

We have a problem. Gangs of armed thugs have essentially taken over much of the club scene, and we seem powerless to do anything about it. Forget the bare breasts, forget DUI sweeps, forget 20 year-olds with fake ID’s, forget speeding tickets, and stop mourning our vanished helicopters-just make the streets safe.

That’s your job – just do it.

And stop staring at those girls!!

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15 Comments For This Post

  1. Peter Wood Says:

    I agree completely. Government has no business trying to force their idea of morality on the citizens; its purpose is to protect us. Given the budget problems the police department should relegate all victimless to its lowest priority and council should repeal all such laws.

  2. Ken Cantin Says:

    I totally agree. The crowds that bring money to the downtown bars will not go there. The business men in town for conventions staying downtown don’t go out due to the reputation oh and the sound of gun fire. A woman whipping out the twins will bring the SWAT team out. We need leaders and officers that can focus on the real problems, Gangs, Drugs and weapons in the night clubs!!!

  3. jocko Says:

    Hey John, why can’t we have it all? A decent downtown free of all the filth that you itemized and gang free as well as bum free?
    When I first moved to Colorado Springs 25 years ago, you could go downtown with your family and not be concerned for saftey of exposing your children to the corruption that you itemized. Colorado Springs was a friendly, decent place to live for young professionals with families. Everyone wants to cater to ‘young professionals’ but the only ones they seem to think about are the ones that want to carouse. Why not go back to the nice times when real young professionals with families moved here and built up this town in the high tech industry. I think the professionals term is only applying to someone 20-21+ and out of high school today.

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

    >> When I first moved to Colorado Springs 25 years ago, you could go downtown with your family and not be concerned for saftey of exposing your children to the corruption that you itemized.
    ……. when i 1st moved to town 35 yrs ago, ladies worked the streets in front of the Cotton Club & south on Nevada and the bars downtown were NOWHERE that young pro’s w/ their families wanted to go. The life of a city runs in cycles.

    >> Why not go back to the nice times when real young professionals with families moved here and built up this town in the high tech industry.
    ……. because there aren’t any JOBS for nice, young, professionals w/ families that’d enable them to make their mortgage in addition to taking the kiddo’s out for an evening of quality ‘family friendly’ entertainment.

    ……. why not go back ? cuz you CAN’T go back, you can only move forward from where you find yourself.

  5. atomicelroy Says:

    “Downtown after midnight is about as safe as the South Bronx in the 70’s or Newark in the 80’s.”

    that is the wildest exaggeration I’ve heard in years.

  6. Rick Wehner Says:

    I am beginning to wonder how long the waiting list is within CSPD to get on the boob squad.

  7. Sean Holveck Says:

    I believe the term “young professional” may be used inappropriately here, and I believe many of the issues that we are talking about are the same.

    First and foremost if we have to choose between getting a bullet in the face or a breast in the face I think we can all agree that the misdemeanor here are the latter.

    I would also agree police officers should have better things to do than pulling people over for going 4 miles over the speed limit (unfortunately that’s a personal grievance) but a half hour lecturing me about 4 miles over is a far cry from trying to keep children off drugs, murderers from running the streets, and in general violent abuse in homes and elsewhere.

    Are either acceptable? not according to law and conventional morality. Whose conventional morality, I suppose the mass of people that elected our representatives. Who elected them? that’s a whole other bag of worms. It’s a lack of responsibility on our part as well as their’s.

    John’s point most importantly is let’s tackle the big issues first. Is safety of our lives more important than the safety of our morals?

    I think i’d like to live to have my morals first.

    Then again according to some you strike at the smallest detail or crime as in New York a few decades ago (the police were ordered to jail turnstyle jumpers on the subway and seemingly this had a much wider spread effect than expected) and the major problems seem to scare into absence.

    I don’t think Colorado Springs will be the same. I don’t think breasts in public places are a cause for bullets or the influencers thereof.

    following is another issue…

    I must admit I have several complaints about the police. Because I can pay for a ticket when I do something wrong, but I have to suffer the consequences for someone else shooting my truck outside my house (in a relatively quiet neighborhood). or someone else hitting my parked car without a license when they are drunk.

    In both instances the police basically told me that it was “tough luck.” I also had a police officer in the case of my truck shooting tell me “at least it wasn’t a stabbing” when I told him the shiv that I found in the street from the shooter was marked by orange cones and then removed before he arrived by someone else (it took them over 2 and a half hours to arrive on scene, even though it’s less than half a mile from the police station).

  8. say it like it is Says:

    Hey AtomicElRoy,
    Have ya been downtown at midnight?
    Maybe you should see the circus after hours.

    This city doesn’t need this press or publicity. New Yorks reputation slowed visitors greatly until Ruddy cleaned house. Now everyone wants to go to NY. If that happens to CS, our tourism is at stake…. and it’s big money for this city.

    The CSPD is arresting the boob jobs, because it’s bragging rights. Grabbing a gangsta, doesn’t get you much PR.

  9. Dan Says:

    Not your town, but several years ago, I had just left a mobster restaurant and their was a policeman poking a big black guy in the chest and I asked his friend what happened He said he told a woman to lift her blouse and she did. Someone drove by with the bass booming and the cop ran to the street and told them to tone it down. Nearby, I guy fired up his harley and sat there doing a long, smokey burnout, the women waiting in line were cussing, then some of them drag raced through downtown. I did a little of that when I was younger. Priorities.

  10. brian Says:

    It all boils down to our city has grown ALOT since the 70’s and 80’s…Walmart has replaced the Duckwall’s and HobbyTown Ceramics and most of the small mom and pop outlets. Its a reality and we have to move forward. The gun toting gangbanger idiots of today are the results of a shallow gene pool of acid and dope heads that moved here from California back in the Jimmy Carter era. Plain and simple

  11. Eddie Says:

    Brian , plain and simple you’re stupidly wrong.

    Having lived here for 50 +years and remembering Duckwall, Busy Corner , The Cotton Club etc and how ’bout the Kiva… I know a little of Downtown and can say it’s problems today have nothing to do with :

    “The gun toting gangbanger idiots of today are the results of a shallow gene pool of acid and dope heads that moved here from California back in the Jimmy Carter era. Plain and simple ”

    It’s the fact the we’ve let Tejon become a mini’ Bourbon Street wannabee and have let Sammy G have the run of the street at the expense of a sane civic/downtown planning policy….

    Both the Denver and Boulder Malls co-exist with retail and bars… Tejon stuck in a stupor… As are our City “Leaders and Planners “.

  12. cleanitup Says:

    Hazelhurst makes a good point. Baring breasts and firing weapons downtown are both illegal activities however, when resources are limited, the police have to use a little “triage” when prioritizing which crimes to pursue. Public safety must be #1 (serve and protect), everything else (bouncin’ boobies, peeing in a dark alley, jay walking) has to take a back seat. A recent Gazzette opine discussed current police force budget cuts and addressed the fact that the funding for stripper (a legal activity) patrols were not cut while funding for actual crime prevention patrols was reduced. Non-sense.

  13. Dick Burns Says:

    I still say there’s no substitute like a nice set of tits!

  14. wolfy1 Says:

    Well written. Keep up the great work you are doing.

  15. Nancy Wilsted Says:

    Personally, I’m struggling to forget those bare breasts when in one lil’ ol’ article you mention them THAT many times. Let’s see now…..the other issue?