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Conflict or synergy?

Let me get this straight: the Eagles want to give the citizens of Aspen a free concert and the City Council has a problem with that?

I can certainly see where this would be a problem. After all, it would be fun, free and bring people into town who might have a good experience. How many towns do you think have turned down such an offer from a top band like this before?

Aspen Highlands freely offered its facilities for the Jumbotron broadcast of the show. It was reported in the Daily News that “the City Council discouraged the use of Aspen Highlands because the city feared it would take business away from the downtown core.”

Is this the same downtown core where it was considered a special event to have businesses open past 5 p.m. two Fridays ago? Maybe we could get the City Council to allow the event to take place at Highlands, but require each person who attends to bring a photo of themselves knocking on the door of a closed shop in the core prior to heading out to Highlands.

Of course, the council doesn’t appear to want the show broadcast in the downtown core either, citing among other things that the event would cause a lot of people to be in town that night. We certainly don’t want to give the appearance that our town isn’t dead!

And, of course, there is the conflict with Ruggerfest that was cited in the paper. Let’s see, rugby by day, concert by night. Conflict or synergy?

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Doug Desenberg

Aspen