Questions for the mayor
(This letter was originally addressed to Helen Klanderud.)
Helen, are you really worried about Aspen’s economy?
Helen, in your run for re-election you said that one of your main concerns is the “economic sustainability of Aspen.” Well, Helen, I have to say that when Lexus, a group of 300 people, is coming to town in June and makes a small request to park seven cars on the mall June 4 (which is a Wednesday, in the middle of the week, with absolutely nothing going on) for 10 hours, and you show our community’s appreciation by denying the request, is it really about the economy?
Maybe you should have told them we really don’t want their business and to look at other resorts in the future that will accommodate them.
All winter we had to look at an Audi parked on the Gondola Plaza with a representative pushing brochures on visitors passing by. What about the hobo that will set up his operation at the end of the mall with his dog and dilapidated erector set ALL SUMMER?
Maybe if Stupid Pet Tricks is what you want, you should call the Letterman show and ask Dave for a recommendation. If economic sustainability is a real concern of yours, then get rid of the hobo and let Rocky Mountain Connections provide Lexus with the opportunity to park the cars on the mall.
Even a better idea may be to visit with local merchants and get their opinion, rather than just acting upon yours.
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A recent survey of Aspen residents shows that people are happy here, feel safe but are financially insecure.