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A creative approach to growth

Dear Editor:Aspen is clearly a world-class resort during winter and summer. Guests arrive from all parts of the world to enjoy our mountains, superb outdoor activities, cultural events, incredible restaurants and shopping. We are a resort and our livelihoods result from those who visit our city, buy property here and renovate or expand, or who buy land to build. Get it? We are a resort and should grow according to the demands of our potential clients.I feel strongly that the recently voted six-month building moratorium and cutback on building permits will send a negative and short-sighted message to those supporting our city. We just returned from another world-class resort who gets it. Building is being done to enhance the area and employing thousands who would otherwise not have employment – vastly improving their personal standard of living. Private houses, resorts, condos and retail space are being built tastefully and with superb quality at real estate prices equal to and exceeding those of Aspen and Pitkin County.It’s time we roll up our sleeves and think beyond today and find progressive and creative solutions to the growth in Aspen – putting the brakes on and implementing emergency ordinances send a negative message to those paying the way for thousands who are employed here.Here’s one creative solution: To save retail space for our local merchants who may not be able to afford newly developed mix-up space in core Aspen developments, how about having the option for a developer to either provide ADU units or offer the equal amount of space to local merchants (with existing businesses) for their retail businesses at affordable rental prices? Craig Petersen said in Wednesday’s Aspen Daily News that if the development where his Ajax Bike & Sports is located is built, he would likely not be able to afford the space and would have to move out of Aspen and concentrate on his other locations. When I first arrived in Aspen, Craig personally helped me buy my road bike, mountain bike, biking helmets, gloves and clothes and biking gifts for my friends. Ajax Bike is very important to those who flock here for our outdoor activities. Instead of closing Aspen down for growth, let’s think positively how we can all work together and live here in harmony realizing we are a first-class resort community that paves the way for all of us to enjoy our amazing city.Debra MayerAspen

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