The upcoming Village at Crystal River has to be a no-no, not because of myself or Carbondale, but because of the gigantic and toxic world population, pollution and environmental daily problems. Keep us a small, fun town – not part of another mall mania.
Build and develop the Village at Crystal River 24-acre suburban shopping mall, and here is what you will get: nothing pre-designed as organic ground or property. No crossover on Highway 133 for almost a mile from Main Street to the Village Road light. Good luck at Dolores Way, and good luck for any walkers, bikers, wheelchairers or baby-carriage crossers anywhere along Highway 133.
City Markets are absolutely limited by their Denver distributors, and it goes absolutely abusively downhill here weekly. Why not City Market on the south side of the Village at Crystal River? City Market currently uses between one to four of its checkout stands at a time. Expect shopping cart drop-off and trash mania to occur over all of the Village’s 24 acres on a daily basis.
The cost of us buying the Village lot over the last couple of years has been some $8 million to $10 million – the cost of one average Aspen mansion. The Village at Crystal River should be bought and kept organic open space by Carbondale. We would have access to multiple west-sided acres, using Colorado Rocky Mountain School ditch water for growing vegetables and using yearly solar domes.
We would also have a year-round gravel walkway and bikeway, either a big oval or a big figure-eight connector. We would absolutely end up with a world-class Frisbee course. This course would be lined up daily by people waiting to also try bicycle Frisbee; a football, baseball or volleyball throwing or kicking course; a plastic-holed golf ball chipping course; and even a tennis-ball racket or hand-throwing course contest. We would have weekly international tournaments with downtown-offered prizes. I would donate at least one Frisbee goalpost and a few trees and bushes. How about you?
Suburban shopping mall development in America stopped in the middle to late 1980s. Since then, some 17 percent of malls have disappeared, and often have been converted into little town cross-street areas, with two- to three-floor shops, businesses, offices and condos. Over the last four decades, the 1,670-plus worldwide Union of Concerned Scientists has communicated about the international threats (not just Carbondale) of downhill global environmental degradation of all life and its sustaining resources.
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