Tag Archive | "Colorado Springs"

Colorado Springs: Battlefield of liberals, conservatives

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


There’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned left/right bloodbath, especially when it involves our own fair city. Lefty commentator David Sirota started the ball rolling with a bitingly snarky column in the Post, which also ran in the Gazette, characterizing Colorado Springs as “a shining example of what happens to a community when conservatives’ anti-tax […]

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Broadmoor CEO ponders city’s problems

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


The city’s ongoing budget crisis became slightly less acute this week with the discovery of a few million extra dollars that, it appears, Colorado Springs Utilities owes the city as a result of an inadvertent miscalculation of the so-called payment in lieu of taxes (PILT). That’s good news, since it enabled the city to pony […]

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The Springs’ real estate school of hard knocks

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


In Colorado Springs, commercial real estate markets move in predictable cycles. We get a decade or so of prosperity, as rents rise steadily and prices follow.  New entrants flood into the markets, brokers show up for work, answer their phones, write offers, collect commissions and move on to the next deal. Owners cackle with glee as their […]

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City still fighting ‘new brutalism’

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Utopia or dystopia?  What does the future hold for our city?   How can we, individually and collectively, shape this community?  In endeavors such as Dream City, the 6035 project, and a dozen predecessors, we’ve asked ourselves the same question:  how do cities thrive? Forty-eight years ago, Jane Jacobs published “The Death and Life of Great […]

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USOC peddles Pepto-Bismol

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Since we are members of the press, it stands to reason that we get lots of press releases. But one I received yesterday, originating from our very own United States Olympic Committee, and provided by a helpful reader, is a minor masterpiece of the art. It contains all of the elements of the classic press […]

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The Pikes Peak region needs a slogan

Friday, June 19, 2009


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 […]

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USOC/LandCo/City circus ending?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


This morning’s joint press release from the USOC and LandCo, announcing that they have “resolved all disputes relating to the USOC and LandCo’s relationship as part of the project to retain the USOC in Colorado Springs” almost certainly signals that a similar resolution between the city and LandCo is in the offing. So here’s the question: […]

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Your tax money at work

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Press releases. They come. We delete. Life goes on. But every once in a while, we get one that piques our interest, like this one from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments: Colorado Springs, CO-The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) has released the 2008 Annual Report to the Citizens. The report highlights how […]

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