"Great Streets" Plans For Academy Boulevard

By: KKTV News Email
By: KKTV News Email

Academy Boulevard in the Springs could have a different look in the not-too-distant future.

The "Great Streets" program has spent months looking at ways to improve the stretch of Academy from Maizeland to Drennan, and Wednesday night they went through some of the alternatives they've come up with.

After talking to the community, they're now looking at a lot of possibilities, like allowing businesses to be closer to the road and burying the utility lines. And they want to make it easier to get around.

Project Manager Carl Schueler says "we'd still have lots of cars on the road. Busyness is what we're looking for. But also enhanced transit at the same time."

That could include bus rapid transit, streetcars, bike lanes... and maybe even light rail.

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  • by GM Location: WP on Jan 28, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    The improvements on North Academy are largely funded by the developers building businesses in that area. The reason they choose to develop that area is it's proximity to money and lower crime rates. So if police around the south end would stop the drugs, robberies and gang activity, that area may become more appealing to the developers to build and improve there. Don't get the cart in front of the horse and beautify and area for criminals to ruin it as soon as it's done.
  • by Common Sense Location: C/S on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Fix all the pot holes around town first, then get ALL the street lights back on and have enough funds to keep the medians neat and clean...then worry about "beautifying" Academy.
  • by ya on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    I agree there are other places to spend our money. Yes it needs it. But when our drug issue gangs/crime is very high. just compromise a little. This would also mean that police officers should not sit on sidewalks on their motorcycles. I saw one do this. A bicyclist went across Nevada by Penorse Hospital on a red light right in front of this cop and he did nothing. They need to go back to patroling not just trying to make moeny off tickets
  • by Heather Location: 80918 on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Making Academy Blvd is the last thing they should be worrying about right now. Let's work on the crime problem first.
  • by TW34 on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    Well they had said streetlights were coming back on but the ones around where I live are still out so I am not holding my breath on this one either.
  • by chris Location: colorado springs on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    excuse me, why not? Maybe it would put people to work and attract some businesses. Nobody wants to build a business in a cess pool. And from what I can see, we could use some bike lanes and not on the road. People on south academy are , or tend to be poorer. Maybe if they can safely get to their job they can raise themselves up a bit. rapid transit in the city would be a great thing. I lived in europe for 4 years and we could take a cue from them. It would lighten congestion if it was on time and affordable. all I see is whining and negativity. Try adding to the conversation. At least the one guy said keep the bushes small...which I agree with. Why should only north academy be attractive?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    Let's get crime under control before we worry about beautifing the city.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Oh boy! Spend more tax money in the midst of a growing recession. The only "improvement" in the economy is through government pump priming (spending fiat money)which has never worked. On top of that, the plan contains at least one really dangerous idea - bike lanes on Academy??? How many suicidal bike riders would use them? Landscaping is alright as long as it is done sensibly where nothing taller than 24 inches is planted closer to the curb than 10 feet or within 50 feet of an intersection - and that goes for in parking lots as well.
  • by mark Location: monument on Jan 27, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    If you're looking for "busyness", then you need an interpreter. If you're looking to dress up Academy Blvd south get real.
  • by BusinessOwner Location: South Colorado Springs on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:42 PM
    I'd suggest using the money for a stronger police force first. "Great Streets" don't mean anything if you can't go out after dark on them.
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