Enhancing Infrastructure to Support Growth
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 @ 5:01PM
A city poised for growth needs a backbone that can support it: strong public transportation, roads, stormwater, parks, trails, and open spaces. I believe we need to engage a task force to address our stormwater issues, and consider innovative ways to fund this urgent need for our city.
My first turn in city government was as a member of the Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services Advisory Board. I love our parks, trails, and open spaces and I believe they are not just an asset to residents, but to businesses that want to attract the best employees to Colorado Springs, and to the many tourists who want to see for themselves, the wonders of Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, the Santa Fe Trail, and our world-class skateboard park.
Public transportion is also a priority for me, as we must have a reliable and full-service bus schedule to adequately support those community members who do not have transportation to get to and from work, school, and to buy food. We must also begin considering more alternatives for the daily commute, as demand increases for public transportation or safe bicycling. These services are important to a thoughtful city that wants to encourage its citizens to be employed, educated, and to enjoy visiting the many cultural and outdoor amenities Colorado Springs has to offer. Further, if we want to draw and keep younger residents in our city, we must offer them vital and consistent public transportation, especially downtown, as they desire a more metropolitan lifestyle, often free of personal vehicle ownership.