Consider Aspen’s broader interests
Dear Editor:Did massive hotels make Aspen?The following is a prospectus on that question.Lift 1A started Aspen as a ski town in the late 40s. In 1950 Aspen brought in a world-class ski race, the FIS. Natural development centralized around Lift 1A. Lodges, restaurants and an easy walk to the lift enabled a ski-in, ski-out convenience that is the norm in a ski town.The lodges, B&Bs, that pensions built then existed for decades, such as: The Norway, The Holland House, The Skiers Chalet, The Mountain Chalet, The Ski View, The Limelight, The Deep Powder Lodge, The Fireside Lodge, Hearthstone, St. Moritz and Lisel. All were built in order for guests to walk to Lift One. Aspens first condominiums were built in this neighborhood, such as Timberidge, 210 Cooper, Lift One and Southpoint.The attraction for using Lift One faded rapidly when the lift was moved above the Holland House, above all the accommodations, making a steep climb in boots and equipment undesirable for the average skier. Thus the lift that started Aspens growth stopped growth.First and foremost to reshape this once-central area of Aspen skiing, the lift must come down to Dean Street, its original location. We want to be able to walk to the lift. We want to breathe inviting life back into this neighborhood. We want to appeal to average affluence. We want to include them in our towns ski life with destinations within walking distance, such as a ski lift, attractive Aspen-like restaurants and inns.In our decision over this last big land parcel, let us be guided by our history and mindful that elected public servants are not responsible for the profits of developers. We encourage our City Council and the developers to guide this project toward the broader interests of Aspen, versus a cold, fortress-like development that serves only a small constituency.Irma ProdingerAspen
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