EDITORíS DESK: Is the stepchild being punished?

       How things can change. Less than a month ago, as discussed in this column, the situation was looking rosy for Old Colorado City. City Manager Lorne Kramer seemed to be on board with the Security & Maintenance District's needs and wants after attending the July 5 meeting, at which he assigned a liaison to grease the skids of progress and communication. A long-desired crosswalk at 24th and Colorado seemed to be just a paint stroke away, and code officers were to review the district's newsbox proliferation problem and become appropriately aghast.
       In short, Old Town's status as "red-headed stepchild" for Colorado Springs seemed to be nearing an end.
       But, as they say, not so fast. Let's take things in order:
       Progress/communication: Some good could come yet with the liaison arrangement, but the committee chair had to learn from a reporter (me) that the crosswalk would not go in, not from the City Manager's Office.
       Crosswalk: Kramer evidently was talking out of school. He should have said he'd investigate, not make a careless promise, then realize afterward he'd have to defer to Traffic Engineering.
       Newsboxes: The city found no problem. But it did find, in a separate effort, other public-use problems in Old Town. So many, in fact, that the majority of its businesses are now written up as having one kind of violation or another. The goofiest of these has to be the allegation that Pikes Peak National Bank's American flags encroach on the right of way. But disturbing on another level is the citing of signs that have been in place for many years. If they were in violation, why did the city not say so during the original permit process?
       No one in Old Colorado City was asking for entitlements from the city, or a special set of rules. The hope was that by bringing the city closer to the situation over here, its officials would respond with better clarity. It's responding all right. Sometimes, as a district committee member recently observed, one should be careful what one wishes for.

- K.J.