Calling the silent majority |

Calling the silent majority

(This letter was originally addressed to”friends of Aspen.”)Dear Editor:For many years, I have been involved in a small way in helping to preserve the core historic nature of the Aspen community. Ten years on HPC, five years on Asset Management, and many of the smaller battle groups. And of course, many letters ad nauseum.It has always basically been one step forward, with two steps backward. First the small lodges were abandoned, then the historic nature of the West End started to evaporate with the lot splits. Now, the worst of all, certain members of the City Council and city staff have decided to abandon the historic commercial core of the community itself.The infill is and will be a total disaster. As building after building comes down, and is replaced by three-story monsters, the future scenario is looming. There will be hundreds of time share people roaming the streets at night looking for the last remaining restaurant.For years I have talked to council about the silent majority. Those of you who have made the Aspen area your home. You work here, have raised families, and will spend your golden years here. Whoops, here might not be here. This is my challenge to you. Just once, on April 10, come to a council meeting and with your presence let them know that there really are people living here who care about this community. Let them know that the Aspen history and historic presence is what drives both the living community and the commercial-tourist presence also.The City Council meeting is at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 10. Showing up at 4:45 p.m. at the south sunken entrance to City Hall would be good. This is not too much to give back to the place we all love, so please make the effort.If no one shows up, I probably would be relieved. The knowledge that there is no longer a community out there will let me stop writing letters, and stop caring about the group of you that must just exist in my mind. Then I can start sleeping at night and start looking for another windmill.Leslie K. HolstAspen

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