A plot of land, open to any possibility, then ordered by a set of intentions: the town plan. The city street pattern represents the most basic of those intentions. It’s a powerful, resilient element, one too often overlooked as we make our way through our cities and towns. The street plan represents first principles. It’s a template, arising from ideas about how to live: widths of streets, sizes of blocks and neighborhoods, green spaces, functional divisions. All these will govern daily life to a remarkable degree. In the plan resides the resonant structure of the city; its harmonics, a steady hum over which the discordant tune of city life plays. To know a city at the level of the grid and plan is to see the x-ray skeleton of a flesh and blood being.
Gov. Jared Polis immediately began delivering on many of his campaign promises after being sworn in as governor. Last week, he signed an executive order to promote electric vehicles with bipartisan support. In his first State of the State address, Polis announced a bold plan to provide full-day kindergarten to every child in Colorado and opened the state’s unemployment fund to federal employees who are being forced to work without pay during the ongoing federal government shutdown.
It is with a very enraged and dismal heart that I write this post today.
Trump Image Selected For Capitol Portrait In a Colorado Times Recorder report on the portrait of President Trump that’s scheduled to be placed at the Colorado Capitol in April, the artist describes Trump’s expression as, “Serious, Non-Confrontational, Thoughtful.” Readers added their own descriptions of the photo. Here are some of our favorites:
When I was about seven, in the days when color television wasn’t a given in every household, I was thrilled one Saturday morning to see pale colors emerging from the new tv set my parents had brought home. Cartoons would be more fun! I mentioned this to my parents, who were surprised: the new tv set was black and white. My parents quickly figured out that I was colorblind and was mistaking shades of grey for color. Still, I felt fine, and I insisted that I could see color in that set. Obviously it was my parents who had impaired vision. After all, they wore glasses.
I work in the reproductive rights field. Every day my colleagues and I work to destigmatize abortion and encourage people to be open and honest about their own abortion stories. One of the most compelling things we discuss is that most pregnancies are terminated at around 7 weeks. As a matter of fact, that’s when I had my abortion. At 7 weeks along, whatever was hanging out in my uterus was itty bitty and looked nothing like a baby, as the anti-choice movement wants people to believe.
I was bit nervous when I took a Trump piñata to Denver’s 16th Street Mall recently–even though I had no plans to wrap a blindfold around my eyes, grab a bat, and hit it–or to encourage anyone else to do so.
In 2013, I received a call from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking me, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to support a pilot program to allow farmers to grow hemp. Knowing Colorado farmers’ interest in the crop, I jumped at the chance and pushed to include the program in the 2014 Farm Bill.
The squirrel you see in your yard might be there thanks to me.
It’s great that we recognize people who’ve served in the U.S. military with the simple acknowledgement of, “Thank you for your service.”