EDITORíS DESK: Miscellany

       Random observations...
       Sorry about the bleak report on Highway 24 this issue. Maybe deeper investigation will reveal loopholes in the "all-or-nothing" scenario. But after enduring hours of meetings, asking numerous questions, and sifting through mountains of files, it seemed worthwhile to share the current reality facing the "loyal opposition," as it were, to the interstate-style design solution that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) seems so determined to hand us...
       Colorado Springs' land-use process is not perfect, by any means, but there are aspects that seem to be working. The article on Page 15 is a good example. Instead of just putting a sign on a project-proposal site, as in the old days, the city now routinely sends out postcards to neighbors to be sure they're in the loop and know how to reach the assigned city planner. The neighborhood responses also give Planning a barometer reading on how a project or use change might fit with a given area...
       Speaking of CDOT, many of you already know its director, Tom Norton, refuses to consider rubberized asphalt for sound control on major roads. He would do well to drive the portion of Union Boulevard on which City Streets has applied the stuff. We hear (well, barely) that the quietness is remarkable...
       Lastly, we got a few phone calls this week about the new paint markings on Broadway and 17th streets. One person was panicky that the state was already starting to expand Highway 24. But everyone can relax, or maybe we should say, stay calm, because the markings are for future "traffic calming" configurations to slow down cut-through speeders on these two residential streets. The city could put up signs to let people know these things...

- K.J.