On the LAM
Dear Editor:As the City Council begins deliberating the proposed construction of the Lodge at Aspen Mountain on South Aspen Street, I would like to register my unalterable opposition to this massive building.It’s been said that “when you lose scale, you lose identity.” There are many arguments against building a gigantic hotel on South Aspen Street, but I think that quote goes right to the issue.Our family, now expanded to children and grandchildren, has been skiing in Aspen exclusively for 30 years. We live in the East but own a unit in Shadow Mountain, and are painfully aware that there are many ski resorts easier to get to if all we want is good snow. However, we return to Aspen year after year because we enjoy so much the unique character of the town, its spirit and its openness.All of us have seen considerable change in Aspen over recent years, much of it for the better. However, the emergence of a ring of large hotels girding Aspen Mountain will change the town’s character profoundly, and not for the better.Now comes the LAM project which promises to be a blight on the landscape that will endure long after any of us will be around to complain. The hotel will do more than any structure that has come before it to change the town’s character. If Aspen continues on this path, I think it will be only a matter of time before people begin to wonder, “If it’s going to look like Vail, why not just save the trouble and go to Vail?”For the sake of those who every day will have to look at this monstrosity, I hope you will give it a speedy rejection.Donald C. GilbertNew York
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