A modicum of open space
A much celebrated hallmark of Colorado Springs is the scenery - not just Pikes Peak and the forests, but also our open spaces. People come here to get away from the steel and concrete of big cities, to get back to man's inborn bond to the land, to nature.
At this point we still have a modicum of open space in the downtown area - Acacia Park, Antlers Park, the space around the Pioneers Museum. For the downtown to become more attractive, we need more open space than this, not less.
Please, let us not destroy what open space we still have by replacing Antlers Park with a sports/venue complex. Besides, there really isn't room to aesthetically cram such a complex into that relatively small amount of space.
Find a unifying public space solution
The envisioned Antlers Park Project is a golden opportunity for revitalizing a historical but also a future downtown hub. We should think beyond legalistic constraints and come together in finding a unifying public space solution with inputs from all stakeholders around the area, including the Penrose Library and the Pikes Peak Community College downtown campus. Such a collaborative project may even help us to get a much needed open air amphitheater for summer concerts in our community.
Storing extra solar energy
In a letter today a reader was at least somewhat dissatisfied with the fact that he had solar panels and could not store the extra energy produced. That is not a problem for customers of Colorado Springs City Utilities.
We recently had solar panels installed, and a provision that Utilities has is the following: "the customer may make a one-time election ... to request that the excess kilowatt hours be carried forward as a credit from month to month indefinitely until the customer terminates service with Colorado Springs Utilities."
So, Utilities gives our extra energy to other customers and "pays us back" when we need it, one to one, during the months of low solar production. My suggestion is to contact your utility company to see if they are considering a similar program. Good luck.