Good lesson for our kids
August 14, 2002
In case you aren’t familiar with it, Spring Board is a group of young people, 18 to 32, who work to empower and encourage other valley youth. With funding from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation we award grants to youth-oriented groups each year.
As a member of the Spring Board, I voted to fund the Art Now mural project at the corner of Hyman and Hunter, not only because it is a great esteem builder for at-risk children, but also because that wall is an undeniable eyesore.
As you probably read, the absentee lot owner from California nixed the whole idea, despite city support, for fear of liability. I assumed he was worried about one of the children getting hurt, but it turns out he was more concerned for the cars that park there and his real estate.
Well, this is a good lesson for Spring Board and the Art Now kids. After all, if you don’t teach us while we’re young that money and real estate are more important than community spirit, we may get our priorities all wrong.