A video released yesterday by the Downtown Partnership shows the upside of downtown Colorado Springs through the eyes of Susan Edmondson with the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Richard Skorman of political/restaurant/literary fame, and biking enthusiast Chris Carmichael.
It's really well-shot — if you can ignore the corny music — with fun angles of well-known landmarks. This includes shots of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Mediterranean Café, St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Breakfast, Blues Under the Bridge and a quick cameo appearance by our Mayor Steve Bach and his family.
Here's what the initial trio said.
You know, downtown never ceases to surprise me, and in really terrific ways. So when I think about the future, I don’t know what it will hold, but I know there’s going to be a new festival, or a new gallery, or a new restaurant, or something that’s going to give me another reason to enjoy the time that I spend in downtown Colorado Springs.
Well, downtown has treated me well over the years — being in business for 35 years — and I think that its future is gonna be brighter and better. We’re getting more and more of everything, and hopefully the people in the community will keep supporting us in the way they have.
The community reaction to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was absolutely stellar. People said to me, “Hey Chris, what do you need in order to get this race going and make sure we put our best foot forward as far as the city of Colorado Springs?” The Downtown Development Authority grabbed a hold, and same thing, they said “Chris, we’d love to have this race finish in downtown Colorado Springs. How can we help, what can we do?” And they were there with us every step of the way. Our expectations were exceeded.