Aspen’s eyesore |

Aspen’s eyesore

Dear Editor:Aspen has beautiful mountains, amazing homes, exclusive stores, and world-class restaurants. Our town also has the most run-down laundromat known in America.Why is it that a town which is known worldwide as a magnet for rich tourists and celebrities fails to provide a decent facility for its working residents to wash laundry? Aspen has one laundromat, and it recently reduced its hours. The laundromat now closes at 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.Many apartment buildings in Aspen include a laundry facility for their residents, but not all. My building has no laundry room. Once a week, I make a trip down to the least-maintained, but most expensive laundromat ever. Repairs of broken washers and dryers are infrequent. The floor always looks dirty. The homeless of Aspen can be found either inside drinking, or outside drinking and smoking. Old broken light fixtures are piled next to the front door. The lighting is bright and inhospitable. A quarter only gives you a puny four minutes of dryer time. Open hours are being reduced. Since last summer, a man who lives/sleeps in his Jeep hangs around day and night claiming to be the maintenance man.The solution is simple and obvious: competition. Good old American-style free-market competition could easily improve the situation. Can someone please open another laundromat in Aspen? The presence of another laundromat in town would force Crystal Resort Cleaners to either make drastic improvements or go out of business. It would be nice if our town had a laundromat with clean floors, maintained washers and dryers, vagrant-free premises, reasonable prices and green plants. A good laundromat should have live plants hanging from the ceiling, lots of them.A rumor is floating around that the building is being sold and the laundromat is soon closing. If this is true, right now would be a perfect time for a new laundromat to open up in town.Jordan E. MollerstenAspen

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