Tag Archive | "downtown"

Ideas for downtown’s future won’t happen too fast

Friday, November 30, 2012

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Mais où sont les neiges d’antan? Francois Villon, 1461. That’s the final line of Villon’s “Ballade des dames du temps jadis,” an elegaic meditation upon the transience of beauty. Pre-Raphaelite poet/artist/girlfriend collector Dante Gabriel Rossetti translated it as “Where are the snows of yesteryear?” The translation is particularly apt and impressive since Rossetti invented the […]

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Should Springs grow downtown or into the plains?

Thursday, October 4, 2012


What do we want? We want a lively downtown, full of job-creating young entrepreneurs hiring ambitious young professionals who will live and work in or near the city’s core. No more power plants and parking lots for us — it’ll be all boutiques, craft beers and a baseball stadium. Getting there from here may be […]

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Let’s explore a different side of Colorado Springs

Monday, August 13, 2012

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John Kenneth Galbraith once published a lively book on macroeconomics titled The Liberal Hour. He explained the title in a brief preface. “Adlai Stevenson once referred to the moment just before presidential elections when even the most obsolete men become reconciled, if briefly and expediently, to the machine age,” Galbraith wrote. “He thought that this […]

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Bared breasts vs. flying bullets

Monday, December 28, 2009


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 […]

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Livin’ the Dream (City), part 2

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Bettina, Warren, Amanda – of course, you’re all correct…except for a couple of points. Like it or not, Dream City was conceived, organized publicized and pushed by the Gazette.  It is thought of, correctly or incorrectly, as a Gazette promotion.  And, it might be fair to assume that Dream City might share some of the […]

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Signs of economic recovery …

Thursday, April 9, 2009

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aren’t exactly everywhere, but here’s a hopeful little story. Spent some time chatting with Wayne Jennings a few days ago, who with his spouse, Sylvia, owns a storefront Re/Max office on Tejon Street — a few steps from the CSBJ office.  “We’re very happy with the location,” Wayne told me, “Until a Keller Williams office moved in on a side […]

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Downtown, or just down?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


For almost half a century, local businesses, elected officials, nonprofits, and concerned citizens have conceived, pushed, and sometimes implemented a variety of schemes to improve downtown-to make it what it once was, the vibrant center of our community, an exciting, fun place to be, full of lively shops, restaurants, residents, defined by broad boulevards and […]

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