Dear Editor,So when did growth, positive investment opportunities, change and increased tax revenue become an “emergency situation” in a vibrant city like Aspen?Aspen is one of the most beautiful places in the world and people are drawn to our city for its glorious landscape, outdoor lifestyle, a caring community and inspirational settings. I think the City Council is making a mistake by approaching our building boom as something to be reckoned with. We should embrace our current good fortune. There will be a day when we will be looking for building projects … by then, those who are building will be in Utah or Wyoming or Nevada or California at other resort communities that boast about their grandeur. We are very fortunate to have people interested in our city with the means to help us improve our cityscape. Our real estate prices will only increase even faster when restrictions are placed on building, therefore driving residences further down valley to live. We are a world-renowned resort community; we are only as strong as those who help us service that industry. I think if your restrict building that will decrease the number of people to help us service our industry and take care of those who are building multimillion-dollar residences in Aspen. Development, growth and change are all good for everyone – for those who chose to build here and for those who chose to service our industry.I am very proud of living in Aspen and I am thrilled each time I share this paradise with visiting guests who ALL want to move here and raise their families. We can all take a few “chill pills” and embrace the traffic that is bringing in those who service our wonderful city and those who are building monumental and sustainable structures. We should all be grateful that our city has the means (via building permit fees, tax revenue, etc.) to take care of the infrastructure that a world-renowned resort demands.Debra MayerAspen
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