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Different kind of urban renewal – in Las Vegas

Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Charlotte — now those are some wholesome, prosperous, family-friendly cities. During the past several years, Colorado Springs community leaders have visited all five. The goal: to learn, imitate and replicate. We want a new template, synergistic and outside the box, one that is sustainable, community-based, action-oriented, job-creating, attractive to young… Continue Reading Different kind of urban renewal – in Las Vegas

While a default on $55 million in revenue bonds to pay for infrastructure at University Village Colorado doesn’t seem to come with many consequences, there likely will be some cleanup required. When the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority announced last December that it wouldn’t be able to make the minimum payment on one of two… Continue Reading North Nevada default hurts only bond investors

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Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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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

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Urban renewal sites slow to yield results

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Urban redevelopment projects tend to start strong with big announcements of promising new office and residential projects. But the track record of such projects is decidedly mixed. Continue Reading Urban renewal sites slow to yield results

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