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Heading down the wrong path

(This letter was originally addressed to Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud)Dear Editor:I am a longtime resident of Aspen, having co-founded a business here in the 1960s and have been here since 1974 full time.Let me say briefly that the changes occurring to the core of Aspen are ugly, destructive and totally out of scale, balance, or meaning for what Aspen was, is, and should be.I can’t imagine what good the destruction of the character of the core of Aspen is going to do for the city. These new large buildings are a blight on the town. Someone said they are doing this to revitalize the town. I can’t imagine a more vital place than Aspen was and is. The character of Aspen has been greatly aided by restricted growth. The current Aspen is the descendant of a silver-mining town from the 1800s. As much of that character as possible should be retained.The unrestricted growth with new four-story buildings with penthouses on top in downtown are destroying this character. It is this character that has been key to retaining and creating the real estate values that currently exist in Aspen. What a destruction of aesthetics and value is now currently taking place. Stop this before it is too late!Morton GurrentzAspen