As July came to a close in 2001, Zydeco, the Santa Fe-based real estate company that owned Red Rock Canyon, put up billboards for "Red Rock Reserve," the upscale housing and golf-course development it envisioned for the west side property. But in talking with the Indy's Bob Campbell, some open-space advocates called it a bluff.
From "City, Zydeco in Poker Game over Red Rock Canyon":
They note that it remains in Zydeco's financial interests to have its 787-acre property annexed by the City of Colorado Springs because that eventuality would give the developer access to badly needed city utilities, water in particular.
Annexation talks stalled earlier this spring when the developer and the City couldn't agree on how much of the Red Rock acreage Zydeco should sell to the City for preservation of open space. Zydeco offered 245 acres, but the City wants up to twice that amount.
This week, development opponent Joe Fabeck asked, "How likely is it that people who can afford a couple million bucks for real luxury real estate sites will see billboards located on 8th and 31st Streets? The purpose of those billboards is to catch the attention of the City of Colorado Springs, not millionaire clients."
Cara DeGette's cover story profiled Jerome Page, retiring Urban League director. So IQ, the Indy's man-on-the-street feature, focused on race-related questions.
From "A different view," specifically an interview with local massage-therapy student Delana Smith:
What person of color would you choose for president?
"It's unrealistic to think that anyone black, Asian or Hispanic could become president. Let's face it; whites would never allow it."
Kristen Sherwood reviewed the debut album from a band fronted by Damon Albarn, best known as the lead singer of Blur, and marketed with cartoon versions of himself and other band members.
From the Play-List section:
Gorillaz is one of the best musical side projects since Greg Brady picked up a microphone and had a Sunshine Day.
Gorillaz plays like the Old Navy of dub, breaking beats for all personalities, looping samples for all ages, combining influences that even Mom and Dad can appreciate. A sophisticated London sound flows through most of the tracks, an almost jazzy elegance that carries the listener past the few over-produced rough spots. ...
The album stands brightly as a simple, shining beacon to other experimental dub fiends and cartoon DJs alike.
And Owen Perkins traveled to Coors Field to spend some time in the visitors' dugout while the San Francisco Giants were in town. At the time, outfielder Barry Bonds was pursuing Mark McGwire's three-year-old, single-season record of 70 home runs. He had 42 when he talked with the Indy.
"I'm not in Mark's class," Bonds says of McGwire, also 37, and a half season ahead of Bonds with 567 lifetime home runs. "Mark hits a home run, it's 500-plus feet. Mark misses a ball, it's 402 feet. Barry Bonds hits a ball, it's 440 feet. Barry misses a ball, pop up to the shortstop. Big difference."
Diamondback Luis Gonzalez is hot on his heels with 40 [home runs], but Bonds refuses to take either of them seriously. "Me and Gonzo, we're like, 'What the hell are we doing?' We both are laughing at ourselves more than anything else. We both know this is unrealistic what we're doing."