Regular folks get the shaft |

Regular folks get the shaft

Dear Editor:Mick Ireland’s April 5 letter to the editor is right on in saying that there does not seem to be any end to the gentrification of Aspen. In fact, some of our City Council and the staff that reports to them are actively encouraging this gentrification. The Klanderization (aka Infill) ordinances are having their intended effect of pouring gasoline on the fire of conspicuous consumption and burning away what little messy vitality 30 years of development resistance had managed to preserve. The imminent conversion (i.e. loss) of long time regular folk businesses like the Isis, Stage 3, Cooper Street, La Cocina and Limelite into ultra-high-end residences and ultra-high-end businesses catering to those who can afford the residences should be a wake up call to the community that has voted certain pro-development people into office.Speaking of the real estate cash register, wasn’t it interesting that the April 2 Mary Hayes society page noted that local developer (Camilla Auger) celebrated approval of one of the largest developments in Aspen (Fox Crossing) with the guest of honor being the head city staff person in charge of approvals (Chris Bendon) and special toasts given to the head city staff person for historical preservation (aka development) (Amy Guthrie). Apparently the real estate development cash register has spare change to share with some City Hall employees, but the rest of us get the shaft as we watch our community slip away.Bert MyrinAspen

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