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Holding on to party town

Dear Editor:I lived in Santa Barbara in the early ’80s, when it lost its “edge” to become a retirement community for the rich. I lived in Venice Beach in the mid-’80s, when the artists moved out, the yuppies moved in and Venice lost its “edge.” I moved to Aspen in the late ’80s and rejoiced to see a world-class party town. Worldly kids did the low-end jobs and spent their pay on skis, mountain bikes and beer. Now, poor immigrants do the work and spend their pay on Pampers, cars, and money orders going somewhere else. Corporate timeshares are replacing small lodges, real estate offices are replacing clubs, and everywhere you look in the valley, family dwellings are going up. Every year Aspen’s “edge” gets duller. I applaud the struggle to keep a middle class in the upper valley, but affordable housing means children, and children are the number one killer of party towns.It should be illegal to kill off all the party towns. I’m voting “no” on Burlingame and holding on to yesterday for as long as it lasts.Rand DouthitAspen

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