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Get a grip

Dear Editor:

In reading the Lift One proposals of the commission, I have decided that they and I live in parallel universes.

In their universe, Aspen “needs” an influx of luxury hotel rooms, money for the construction of which will pour down like mannah from heaven. In their universe, the substantial number of employees which will not be housed by them will find housing somewhere. In their universe, it is quite all right to replace a much-loved park by a multistory ski museum. In their universe, it is all right to have a ski lift that moves up and down the mountain and may or may not be serviced by a heated road. In their universe, the hundreds and hundreds of construction trucks that will clog this neighborhood’s streets for months and months ” to say nothing of the hotel traffic that will follow ” is worth it. That is their universe. Now here is mine.

This country is in a recession that may in fact turn into a depression. This kind of luxury hotel building is obscene. On the “need,” the Limelight may not be able to fill its rooms this season, and Breckenridge has just invested a quarter of a million dollars in PR to try to attract skiers. On the mannah from heaven, Related WestPac is not going through with a full program at Snowmass, and the company that is building the luxury condos at Little Nell is getting sued. One could go on. The point is that the people involved in Lift One need to get a grip before they commit an irreversible folly.

Jeremy Bernstein

Aspen


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