Keeping it high-end
October 6, 2007
As a local teen, I have some strong feelings toward the possible increased government regulation of the city’s mix of shops, restaurants, and offices (“Residents to weigh in on business mix,” Sept. 20). I feel that Aspen is known for the high-end retail. As a local, I could see why other locals would like to work on “zoning” or moving some of these high-end retail chains such as Prada or Gucci to make way for local shops. Aspen is a resort town and the majority of its business is from tourists. Many of these tourists come to Aspen, not only to ski, but also to shop. The article stated that Aspen has 41 home-furnishing and accessory shops, 51 restaurants, coffee shops and clubs, seven liquor/convenience stores and 118 clothing stores.
I was very shocked at these numbers, especially the 24 jewelry stores downtown. Many of the downtown shops are very high-end retailers. “Zoning” these shops to let local shops downtown is not in our best interest, especially with the opening of the Obermeyer Place that will have space open for retailers just a short walk from downtown. We also cannot forget about the Aspen Business Center that was designed to obtain lower-end businesses. Aspen seems to always be planning and “zoning.” I believe that our tourist town should keep the retailers and other businesses they way they are.
De Pere, Wisc.