Make a stand, preserve Monarch |

Make a stand, preserve Monarch

(This letter was originally sent to the Aspen City Council.)Dear Editor:Re: 202 N. Monarch – The Blue Vic, when a leadership moment arrives it is incumbent on those individuals who have made the choice to be in such positions to lead. Think for a moment what would have happened if Teddy Roosevelt had not taken the lead, at the behest of Pinochet and Muir, to put aside land for the preservation of the national parks and natural resources for the greatest good. Where would we be today? The City Council and the Historic Preservation Commission are faced with such leadership choices, and they have yet to turn down a project. No other block in the entire West End has remained as unchanged or as historic in nature. Simply put: Make a stand. Preserve something rather than just giving lip service to your community plans.I attended the meeting on Feb. 27 and it was obvious that collusion was afoot with the 180-degree turn by the majority of the Council as led by the mayor. Only two council members, Rachel Richards and Torre, stuck to their guns. The city planning and zoning commission [recommended against] opening the alley. HPC met on the subject but now finds questionable research to support a second lot split and another development right. Here is a novel idea. Preserve something, follow your plans, show some leadership while there are still city blocks with character. There are plenty of alternatives for the developer if you can get him to come clean. If you and your staff do your job, he cannot demolish by neglect. It is your job to lead, not to be led.John MarkalunasBuena Vista

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