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Housing by the numbers

Dear Editor: At Wednesday’s Squirm Night, Mr. Shellman threw out some numbers of affordable housing units he claimed were in Aspen. He gave the impression that we had built over 2,000 units, 500 of them in the last three years. His numbers also included Aspen Village, Woody Creek Trailer Park and Lazy Glen Trailer Park (all three of which have been in existence over 20 years), as well as everything built in Pitkin County, including North 40, Basalt and Old Snowmass. I would be impressed if we had been able to build that much. The total number he was using was close to the number of units built in the last 30 years. Not quite so impressive, is it? Honest mistake, right! If anyone wants to see the actual number of affordable units in Pitkin County, pick up a copy of the affordable housing guidelines at the APCHA office. The guidelines list every rental and sales project with the income categories and number of units. I supplied him with a copy of the document after the debate. When he was asked why North 40 is not sprawl, he did not answer the question. Could it be because he does not want to jinx the new development proposal, as outlined in Wednesday’s paper, for one of their contributors, who has also contributed to all of the anti-Burlingame candidates?Housing for residents who actually live and work here is sprawl in their mind, but a new gas station and grocery store is not. Give me a break! I do have strong opinions when hypocrisy and distortions are the word of the day. Please vote on May 3. Remember the Red Brick School Arts Center only won by three votes and Burlingame is an opportunity that will never come again. Marcia L. GoshornAspen


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