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A vote for the future

Dear Editor:I have read with great interest the last few weeks the comments from both sides of the Burlingame issue. When I think of Burlingame, I see a project that encompasses every segment of the population. It is one of the first to include free market as well as every level of income in the affordable categories. Burlingame has the possibility to become what the West End neighborhood can never be again: alive. When someone from Red Mountain looks down, what they will see will be children on bikes, playing in parks with families, and neighbors having backyard barbecues, surrounded by 200 acres of open space. Rather than sneer, most will remember what it was like to live in a place where you know your neighbor and could feel safe that your future includes a sense that the future is secure. Think back to the friends we have all lost to places that they felt the future could include a decent place to live. Several weeks ago, I received a letter from my physician telling his patients that he decided to move his practice closer to his home in Basalt. In the last 10 years, how many of you see more old friends in the Wal-Mart in Glenwood than you do if you happen to walk the mall in Aspen?I encourage everyone to actually look at the plans and not just listen to the rhetoric and the emotional outcries. This is one of the last opportunities that we have to create something that no future city council or county commissioners can destroy with a bad land-use decision. The process on this project included groups that were opposed to it as well as supporters over a period of almost 10 years. I question the statements of some who have only come to meetings concerning affordable housing in the last several years when they were paid to be there as hired guns for the neighbors opposing any and all projects. Think about it, have you seen any of them speak out in favor of any project? I haven’t. I am intrigued that they now insist that infill is the way to go. My memory is not that short; I seem to remember the same people condemning the infill project. And they feel that if an affordable project has 10 units or more it must be voted on. Why not any development of over 10 units or does a free-market project not cause impacts? This May 3 will be one of the most important elections we have had in a long time. Please remember to vote and if you are going to be out of town, vote early or absentee. It is not just your future, but the future of the next generation as well, because they can’t speak for themselves yet.Marcia L. GoshornAspen


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