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Promises, promises

Dear Editor:

Aspen has a very popular city-owned, community space right in the center of town for community uses (meetings, dances, rehearsals, spiritual services, parties, theater, workshops, etc.) beside a beautiful natural setting with mature trees that frame one of our mountain views, and at a reasonable price to rent. I’m speaking of the Rio Grande Commons Meeting Room, which is someplace that is working very well in our town right now and meeting a long list of public needs.

So why don’t we tear it down, desecrate the scenery and serenity of the area and sell it to a private organization to build a big, new building that will have a lot fewer uses for fewer people? I know there have been promises of a variety of public uses of portions of the new building, but it’s hard to believe those kinds of promises based on past, similar projects. One gets a bit jaded after so many “forgotten promises.”

“I don’t think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are. But rather how well its people have learned to relate to the their environment and fellow man.” ” Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

Ricki Newman

Aspen


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