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Preserve the golden gates

Aspen is a small dot on a very large map. A little re-creation of heaven surrounded by a fortress of mountains.

This town, like all towns, has evolved with time, but the true question is, how much is necessary? Subdivisions are popping up everywhere. We have a new very modern school, the makeover of Highlands and four-lane highway running up the valley. All of this construction and more to come in the future if we are not careful; let’s give Mother Nature a break.

To propose something like a straight shot into Aspen is ludicrous. Along with this straight shot comes more buildings and street lights on the side of the road. All of this trouble for a little less traffic. In my opinion, it is not worth it.

The S-curves add character to Aspen. They slow people down and cause them to appreciate entering Aspen instead of driving through it like it is just another town on the road.

They are almost like golden gates guarding the small treasure we call Aspen. People come to Aspen to get away from the huge highways and crazy mess that big cities have to offer.

Why encourage the growth of Aspen when it is already big enough? Keep Aspen the way it should be, a small Rocky Mountain paradise.

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Jamie Walbert

Aspen

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