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CC's land grab
Colorado College would have us believe the motivation for creating one-lane streets around the campus (Cascade, Nevada, Wahsatch, Fontanero and Weber) is for student/pedestrian safety. I see differently; it looks like a land grab designed to expand their campus.
KKTV reported there have been four pedestrian/vehicle accidents in that vicinity in the past year. While disturbing, it does not reflect an honest statistical analysis. What about the thousands of successful street crossings? Students don't have to push the crosswalk button and wait for the walk light as citizens do several blocks south; Cascade Avenue now has lighted crosswalks and signs indicating pedestrians have the right-of-way. Is this not good enough for Nevada, too?
If safety is the main concern, elevated crosswalks would be a logical solution. Elevated crosswalks exist across I-25 over Circle Drive near Harrison High School, and in Denver, where University of Denver students walk over Evans Avenue.
CC plans to develop student housing east of Nevada and south of Uintah. Making Nevada a one-lane street would certainly make it easier for students to cross over to campus. But it would be a great inconvenience to motorists traveling north-south on what once was the main road through Colorado Springs (and one of the nicer streets to travel). North End residents are coat-tailing on this proposal as an opportunity to increase their property values and quality of life by reducing traffic flow.
You cannot blame CC's administration for wanting to expand; that's what administrators do. Nor can you fault North-Enders for wanting a quieter neighborhood. But at what inconvenience to the greater community? I hope we do not cede that beautiful part of Colorado Springs to a college campus and an enclave of property owners.
— Mike Frohardt
It already works
A recent letter suggested Colorado Springs residents go to Boulder to find out what happens when streets are safety-sized — from two lanes in each direction to one lane. Safety-sizing makes it pleasanter to live on arterial streets, doing away with two-lane car racing and hot-rodders cutting in and out from one lane to the other. It also makes arterial streets safer for children and college students to cross.
No need to go to Boulder. Colorado Springs has been safety-sizing streets for many years and all over town. Most people who read this are currently driving on them. A few examples:
Lake Avenue from Nevada Avenue to The Broadmoor; Hancock Avenue from High Street to Memorial Park; Cresta Road past Cheyenne Mountain High School; Flying W Ranch Road; Templeton Gap Road from El Paso Street to Fillmore Street, and more.
The best proof that one lane from two lanes will work in the Old North End, Colorado College and through north downtown is that you can find it — and drive it — all over town.
— Bob Loevy
Old North End Pedestrian
and Bicycle Safety Committee
Donald Trump is not only "A" liar, he is one of the most persistent and predictable liars of all time. What I don't get is that the media (and that includes The New York Times) acts surprised every time another Trump lie is uncovered.
Trump actually lies before he ever opens his mouth. He will say whatever comes to mind, without any consideration for the truth. I am actually sure he does not know the difference.
— Peter Brebach
Who's in charge?
It's becoming more and more apparent that there is a pecking order with our city government. Philip Anschutz seems to be at the top of the pyramid. It appears Mayor John Suthers has expectations to move up politically and needs Anschutz's and the Gazette's support.
City Council has reelection next April for six district members who need to be endorsed by Mayor Suthers, The Broadmoor, RBA, Gazette, etc.
Anschutz wants Strawberry Fields for horseback riding, picnic area, a 100-seat pavilion, barbecue spot, weddings and social events... plus a million-dollar write-off because appraisers say the city is coming out a million ahead.
We're losing 189 unique, gorgeous acres of our open space that could be partially walled in (the 9-acre meadow) and inaccessible to the public unless we pay an access fee. The Broadmoor is getting prime spectacular land and we're getting separate land parcels that the public already uses and The Broadmoor has no practical use for.
How manipulated is our city government? It's obvious our city officials' main concern is that they keep Anschutz happy. Sounds like a pecking order to me.
— Cathy Chambers
See for yourself
What about the land swap has much of Colorado Springs lining up for, against, or somewhere in between? After being exposed to adrenaline-fueled meetings, opinions, diagrams and drones, I decided to see, experience and walk this property.
To say I was stunned is an understatement. The meadow that has The Broadmoor salivating is a small, pristine, quiet haven, a testament to the natural and rugged beauty of our area... a gift to anyone lucky enough to experience it. To imagine hotel-sponsored events cluttering up this meadow is unconscionable.
I challenge any and all to walk this land... listen to the quiet... see the majesty, and then decide.
— Jean Wheeler
I was disappointed to learn the bill to make the hospital provider fee an enterprise was killed on a 3-2 vote along party lines in the state Senate. The change seemed to offer tremendous benefits, mainly in the form of future funding for transportation infrastructure and education — and it didn't involve any taxes. Seemed like a win-win scenario to me.
Do our elected officials look at these bills with a long-term lens? Do they listen to what their constituents want? Everyone I talked to thought this was a good idea. It is my understanding that most legislators were flooded with communications favoring this bill. Hopefully those same people who communicated their support will remember in November who killed it.
I understand thousands of good jobs are not filled in Colorado because there are not qualified candidates. Making higher education more affordable would help fill those jobs. Also, companies thinking of relocating can take one look at our transportation infrastructure and realize Colorado does not care. This bill could have helped alleviate both problems.
— Jane Dillon