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Caught on film

Dear Editor:

And the second nomination for the “2008 Political Darwin Award” goes to Aspen’s own City Council!

The council won notice by its recent action to spend $40,000 to film a documentary about Ordinance No. 30.



For those who missed the hoopla around this bit of legislation: The council, late one evening without public notice, designated all properties older than 30 years “historic.” This not so coveted honor drew 100-plus unhappy homeowners to council meetings for weeks on end.

Even the citizenry not affected were concerned that notoriously cheap building thrown up in the 1960s or ’70s were to be Aspen’s “preserved” image. After months of a stalemate, the council saved face with a “catch and release” designation.




Though the year is young and in an election year there is heavy competition, the decision to use tax money to film their political misstep puts them in strong position for the 2008 “Evolving to the Wrong Conclusion” award.

Good luck lads!

Shellie Roy

Aspen


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