The Fort Collins Coloradoan Editorial Board, Author at Colorado Politics

August 22, 20172min823

Joe Parker walked the Sheely neighborhood in central Fort Collins on July 20, answering questions about the under-construction stadium that loomed just to the north.

Barriers and bread were broken that day at a community block party that would have seemed impossible five years ago when Colorado State University decided to build a $220 million stadium in the heart of its nearby campus. Cordiality permeated the neighborhood as Parker, CSU’s athletics director, and other representatives of the university and the city of Fort Collins mingled with residents.

Sheely, the historic neighborhood one block south of the stadium, became ground zero of opposition to the project in 2012. Longtime residents already besieged by the issues of a growing city lamented the stadium as yet one more scourge to their quality of life.

They, and numerous others, aired their grievances in letters published in the Coloradoan, in open forum in front of the Fort Collins City Council, and, frequently, in front of CSU staff.

Read more at The Fort Collins Coloradoan.



August 20, 20171min500

Joe Parker walked the Sheely neighborhood in central Fort Collins on July 20, answering questions about the under-construction stadium that loomed just to the north.

Barriers and bread were broken that day at a community block party that would have seemed impossible five years ago when Colorado State University decided to build a $220 million stadium in the heart of its nearby campus. Cordiality permeated the neighborhood as Parker, CSU’s athletics director, and other representatives of the university and the city of Fort Collins mingled with residents.

Sheely, the historic neighborhood one block south of the stadium, became ground zero of opposition to the project in 2012. Longtime residents already besieged by the issues of a growing city lamented the stadium as yet one more scourge to their quality of life.

Read more at The Fort Collins Coloradoan.



August 14, 20171min460

A man waiting at a busy Fort Collins street corner is asking for money.

He knows that if he stands there long enough, someone will give it to him.

Fort Collins, though, doesn’t seem to know how to handle this situation.

Not just the city — which ran afoul of the American Civil Liberties Union with a 2015 crackdown on panhandling and ensuing efforts to blunt “disruptive behaviors” linked to the city’s homeless and transient population — but its residents and visitors, too.

Read more at The Fort Collins Coloradoan.



August 5, 20171min850

Do you want faster internet service for less money than you’re currently paying?

We do.

But as the city of Fort Collins gets serious about its push to build a high-speed internet utility that would rival anything already available in the city, the Coloradoan Editorial Board believes it’s time to think more critically on the issue.

To some residents, a fiber-optic network capable of delivering internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second sounds like an impressive asset for a city that prides itself on the pursuit of being world class.

To others, it sounds like government overreach into a rapidly evolving industry that would place the city in direct competition with cable TV and internet giant Comcast and other private-sector providers.

Read more at the Fort Collins Coloradoan