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Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

It all sounds so good, so promising, so bright. But there are two big problems with the south Academy Boulevard redevelopment plans that were released last week: They’re unrealistic and misguided. While there’s little argument that the 6-mile retail district along Academy Boulevard between Drennan and Maizeland roads is not what it used to be… Continue Reading Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

Streetcars can help Springs’ economy

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Bring back a streetcar to Colorado Springs? Why would we want to do that? What could an electric streetcar do for Colorado Springs? A citizen group, the Colorado Springs Streetcar Task Force, asked those same questions in January 2009. The task force undertook a streetcar feasibility study, the first step in a formal planning process… Continue Reading Streetcars can help Springs’ economy

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Despite the efforts of local streetcar advocates to revive urban rail, Colorado Springs officials have historically regarded light streetcars and trolleys with benign indifference. But that hasn’t always been the case. The Colorado Springs streetcar enterprise, which operated between 1887 and 1932, was at its height the most extensive modern and comprehensive streetcar system of… Continue Reading Streetcars dominated transportation for 45 years

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The Colorado Springs urban rail network of a century ago may have disappeared, but the fierce streetcar advocates have dedicated themselves to restoring local trolley service since 1982, when they founded the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation. Now, after ignoring streetcars for nearly 30 years, the city of Colorado Springs is sponsoring a $330,000… Continue Reading Foundation eager to get streetcars rolling again

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