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Side Streets: Goodbye Colorado Springs, it's been fun

Side Streets: Snit over Colorado Springs pond evokes memories of sprawling ranch that became Briargate
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Jun 28, 2015

When Ron Sherman saw a recent Side Streets column about a landscaping pond on the Briargate Business Campus, he flashed back to his youth when he...

Side Streets: Waldo Canyon fire anniversary doubly sad as vandals destroy memorial children's bench
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing...

Side Streets: Add peacock to the list of critters roaming neighborhoods of Colorado Springs
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Gary and Julie Scheer received a shock as they opened the door to their Pulpit Rock neighborhood home on a recent Sunday morning.

"I went out...

Side Streets: Colorado Springs residents shocked to learn 'neighborhood' park and pond was private property
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Jun 21, 2015

For 21 years, Joanne and John K'Miller have enjoyed walking their dog to their neighborhood park in Briargate and strolling around its pretty...

Side Streets: Sundance film about lives of Native Americans on Pine Ridge to be screened in heart of Ute Indian territory
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sat, Jun 20, 2015

It's red carpet time in Colorado Springs.

On Saturday night, One Nation Walking Together - a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of...

Side Streets: Explosion of weed complaints catches Colorado Springs code enforcers short-handed
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Let me guess: Your neighbors' weeds are waist-high and attracting bugs and critters and collecting trash.

You are not alone.


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About SIDE STREETS Bill Vogrin started writing Side Streets in July 2002 to highlight the extraordinary people of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region and reflect the issues that impact the daily lives of residents.

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Heywood Broun was a crusading columnist for The Tribune and The World in New York City from 1912 until 1939. Just months before his death in 1939, Broun wrote: "I would like to see some columnists do the side streets and the suburbs and chronicle the joys and tragedies of the ordinary run of people."

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