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Springs seems to be getting more independent and open-minded. The quirkiness of the downtown may indeed overcome the uniformity of
the outlying sprawl.
In the 1999 Colorado Springs mayoral race, Mary Lou Makepeace — a single mother with a fine surname for consensus-building — was
elected to a second term, soundly defeating a right-wing candidate backed by Focus on the Family. Mayor Makepeace had helped persuade
the voters of Colorado Springs, perhaps the nation’s most Republican city, to vote for a tax increase. The additional revenue was used to
protect open land from development. She has also spearheaded new investment in public parks. And she has helped launch the
redevelopment of fifty-eight acres of land near the downtown business district, an area that was once a thriving neighborhood but has been
largely abandoned for years. The project embraces the goals of the “new urbanism,” a movement opposed to mindless sprawl, combining
residential buildings with commercial and retail space in a way that encourages walking and discourages driving. The aim of the Lowell
Neighborhood is not to get rid of car...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08