Food & Wine banners OK’d |

Food & Wine banners OK’d

Aspen Times writer

Aspen will break with its policy and allow Main Street banners in conjunction with this year’s Food & Wine Magazine Classic, but the City Council refused Monday to allow the display of vehicles on its pedestrian malls.

Both requests came from the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

“I just don’t see our downtown for sale, and I don’t see our downtown becoming an auto dealership,” said Councilwoman Rachel Richards.

“Almost everything is for sale in Aspen, but not our mall space for cars. It’s a little over the top,” Councilman Tim Semrau agreed.

The ACRA could get sponsorship dollars from auto manufacturers on three different weekends this summer, according to Hana Pevny, chamber president.

The vehicles can be parked on the street, and the council agreed to displaying the autos on platforms of up to 18 inches off the pavement, if it’s OK with the Commercial Core and Lodging Commission.

The council agreed to allow banners on Main Street light poles during the 23rd annual Food & Wine next month – an exception to its policy limiting the display of banners to significant anniversaries of local nonprofits. Banners have been allowed for World Cup and the Winter X Games, as well.

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