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Colorado Springs: A modern-day ancient Rome?

“To the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome.” – Edgar Allan Poe, “To Helen” The ruins of ancient Rome have fascinated historians, poets and melancholy romantics for centuries. Since Edward Gibbons’ monumental “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” historians have focused upon the politics of decay and collapse. But before… Continue Reading Colorado Springs: A modern-day ancient Rome?

Midland never has lived up to old dreams

Sixty years ago, the western entry to Colorado Springs was picturesque and beautiful. Emerging from the two-lane highway that snaked down Ute Pass, motorists found themselves on Manitou Avenue, where historic buildings lined the streets. Continuing east, travelers passed through the thriving motel district between Manitou and Old Colorado City, brightly illuminated by colorful neon… Continue Reading Midland never has lived up to old dreams

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It’s been a tough week for Colorado Springs Utilities. Continue Reading Utilities faces new hurdles

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Just how big is the city’s backlog of unfunded capital improvement projects? According to the city’s 2012 final budget document, it’s $2.8 billion. Continue Reading Infrastructure needs grow into the billions

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Colorado’s cities and towns are struggling to maintain the infrastructure needed to support basic needs of residents and businesses. That’s the report form the Colorado Municipal League, which shows two-thirds of cities list street maintenance as a major budgetary challenge. Colorado Springs is no exception – the city has a backlog of street and bridge… Continue Reading Colorado cities and towns struggle to maintain infrastructure

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The average age of Colorado Springs’ reservoirs and dams is 83 years old; its raw water pipe system, treatment plants and collection mains are in their 30s; and hydrants and water distribution mains are in their 20s. Because the city is not located on a major river, water infrastructure is a major issue for Colorado… Continue Reading Forget baby boomers, aging infrastructure real crisis

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