Character 101 |

Character 101

Dear Editor:

I have the notes from all the “character” meetings for the Aspen Area Community Plan held over the course of 1991 in the meeting room at The Little Nell which produced the phrase, “messy vitality” as a goal to which downtown Aspen might aspire to, in fact a goal we could all look to which would allow us to expand our interactions with each other and might keep the creative juices flowing.

We members of the character committee took our mission very seriously and produced a number of papers from which I would like to quote here:

“Community character is a comprehensive and precise representation of an area that includes the relationships between the natural and built environment. It deals concurrently, rather than sequentially or functionally with all aspects of the community – land use, public facilities, economy and aesthetics. Community character analysis provides a model for describing a community’s character and addressing the land use and economic development issues that affect it.”

Maggie DeWolf


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