Pioneer readers show plenty of interest in finding new name for No Man’s Land
Suggestions keep coming in to the Westside Pioneer's request for new names for “No Man's Land.”
That's the derogatory nickname (for those new in town) that in recent years has stuck to the older area along West Colorado Avenue between about 31st Street and the Highway 24 interchange in Manitou. As described in the May 3 Pioneer, a $300,000 consultant study is just getting started to plan and design public infrastructure upgrades there. The actual construction is to be funded with Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) funds that would become available if voters reapprove the 1 percent RTA sales tax in this November's election.
Initial new-name suggestions appeared also in the May 3 Pioneer. As in that article, people's ideas are printed here in the order they came in. Also, three related responses that had more of a letter format appear under the Letters heading below.
“How about 'Red Rocks,' after the open space and shopping center?” - D. Sherwood.
“I am formally throwing in this name change for No Man's Land: 'Red Rocks Gateway,' because it's a gateway from Old Colorado City and the Westside into Manitou Springs.” - Paul Kavanaugh.
“In observance of the singularly American penchant for naming real estate what it aspires to, rather than its marginal reality [and] in carrying forward the long-held developers' idea of truth in advertising, we might refer to the property in question as 'boulevard of seams' or 'oasis in the palms.' We could also take the current epithet to become an acronym: NML, which offers a myriad of possibilities, such as 'not much left' or 'not my lowlands.' After all, with this area, a rose by any other name might smell sweeter still.” - Marcia Marden.
“I like the idea of a Highway 24 sign pointing to 'Quarrytown' (between OCC and MS signs), which would probably draw a considerable number of visitors. Mel McFarland's “Cobweb Corners” has talked about quarry operations along West Colorado Avenue when the Garden of the Gods formations ran above ground. Many visible retaining walls and foundations on Ridge Road and the surrounding area came from those quarries. As well, Greenlee Quarry workers were known to live in the Arensdale area. I have had discussions with several Colorado Springs residents who never recognized that the red cliff on the south side of Highway 24 and south of Safeway was a man-made cut-away in what once must have been a grassy bluff of underlying red rock descending to the banks of Fountain Creek in the Arensdale area, a present-day missing link between GoG and Red Rocks Open Space.” - Peter Dunn
“Well, we do have a West End post office and a Westend street. Let's just call it 'The West End.' ” - Carla DeKalb (postal employee).
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