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Business-unfriendly Aspen

Dear Editor:

Triple net with only one beneficiary!

The saga continues as landlords benefit and all others pay the price. Aspen community members need to wake up and realize that the five players in town who own and manage the commercial properties are continuing to destroy the chances of a non-trust fund business owner from making it work. It is time to stop leasing any property from these single-minded greed mongers until things change.

If the landlords have to drive 50 miles to get something to eat or drink, including coffee, maybe they will then begin to renegotiate with longevity and fairness in mind. If you take a look at how the rental market works in Aspen from the outside, you soon realize it is not a win-win scenario. In our world today it has to be to work. Wake up, Aspen, and smell the coffee that you have to drive 50 miles for.

Change in ownership is the only plan that will bring back truly vibrant and value-oriented business plans to Aspen. The city should buy free-market commercial core properties and set fair rents so people who have the energy to start a business and live in the same community can thrive. The offseason ahead will certainly shed more light on this forgotten point of view. A vacant downtown business core is the other option.

John Verity

Duxbury, Mass.

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