The week of July 13, 1994, Acacia Park was due for a makeover. When asked what improvements they would like to see, Springs residents called for the exodus of teens who had nowhere else to hang out. Editorial writers at the Indy argued for letting the kids run free. Here's why.
From "Fight Crime with Open Space":
A recent study released by the Trust for Public Land provides compelling evidence from cities across the country that juvenile crime drops when adequate open space and recreational activities are provided in inner-city neighborhoods ...
Forty percent of the average juvenile's time is discretionary. What do you do with your free time, if there is nowhere to go and nothing to do? ...
It only makes sense to promote the development of open space for recreational purposes at a time when juvenile crime is on the rise. It makes sense to say to our kids, "We care enough about you to give you a place to go."
There's no summer without the Renaissance Festival. Looking at the article celebrating its 18th anniversary, it appeared the festival hadn't lost its charm. Or its drinking culture.
From "RenFest Madness: Insults, Mongolian Warlords and Turkey Legs," by Greg Worthen:
Heather Reid, who works at one of the beer and ale concessions, says she loves yelling at people as they go by. Unlike the food vendors, who tend to keep a lower profile, the beer vendors hawk their potables loudly and, sometimes, lewdly.
"You can be stupid and they love it," she says.
People also love the beer, going through about 600 glasses of Coors a day at Heather's post alone.
Add that to other beer stands — and the four other beers that are available — and you've got a lot of happy visitors to King Henry VIII's realm.
"Your Turn," then as now, was a chance for readers to share the bees in their bonnets. One urban designer took us back to basics: What happens when a city gets bigger? Road rage.
From "Planning Growth," by Nolan E. Schriner:
There are two areas of concern that appear to be the most crucial in dealing with the basic infrastructure of future growth. These are a primary street system that can distribute traffic in an efficient manner and the funds necessary to maintain what is currently in place as well as paying for the major improvements and programs needed in the future...
When I was growing up, years ago, bond elections for municipal and school projects were routinely passed because the improvements were seen as a community benefit. The current trend is to place personal interest above community interest. Our children will have to pay for this lack of foresight."
And the Depot Arts District had just gotten word that it would be allowed to carry on even as the Colorado Avenue bridge was rebuilt above it.
From "Putting the art in the party," by Daniel Goldman:
Like the lady who lived in a shoe, Marsha Whitesides is in charge. Under her watchful eye is Roby Mill, the buildings and gallery under the bridge that house numerous artists and a myriad of artistic enterprises. It is a bee-hive of activity. Whiteside's nurturing and tireless attitude has paid off.
"I want to push the whole area, make it a home for the arts and artistic happenings," says Whitesides ... "Down here we work really hard at our art in order to produce and provide things for the art lover and the general public. We want everyone to see that and benefit from it. We want it to be the Soho of Colorado Springs."