2006: The way it could – and should – be
So, Saturday night we’ll all say good-bye to 2005 and hello to a new year. It’s been another eventful year in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, with record real estate sales, juicy new ski terrain, grinding traffic and hardball politics, not to mention all the usual delights of life in the Rockies.Though certain events and occurrences were unique to 2005, it’s likely many of the ongoing trends will continue in 2006 and beyond. As we gaze into the next year, however, we’d like to venture a few thoughts on the way things could be.Here are a handful of things we’d like to see in 2006, from the staff – not just the editorial board, but the entire staff – of The Aspen Times.1. A foot of snow twice a week all winter, with nothing but bluebird days in between.2. Drivers slow down out on Highway 82, especially in snowy and icy conditions.3. A cautious, conscientious approach by Eagle and Garfield counties to new development in Missouri Heights.4. More long, articulated RFTA buses on more rush-hour downvalley routes, so commuters don’t have to stand in the aisle, jostling about with their backsides in seated passengers’ faces, all the way to Basalt or Carbondale.5. The Aspen City Council connects the dots between job growth in Aspen and traffic jams on Main Street. It’s impossible to approve development that requires hordes of construction workers and service workers without also upgrading the transportation system to move the downvalley labor force. What’s it going to be, Aspen?6. Night skiing (this from a former Summit County resident).7. The continued success of the Belly Up, which brings a rich, diverse mix of live music to Aspen.8. Send the X Games somewhere else (this from a crank who seems to want Buttermilk to himself) and bring in a men’s World Cup race.9. That Martin Beeson restore order and competence to the district attorney’s office and the newspapers can focus on what happens in the courtroom instead.10. The Skico opens more extreme terrain. Don’t ask us where – just more!11. Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Klug win medals in Turin.12. At least one locals’ hangout not be converted to an upscale establishment with a multimillion-dollar penthouse on top.13. Peace on earth, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and U.S. troops come home.
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