Sacrificing town’s charm |

Sacrificing town’s charm

Thirty something years ago I left California and came to this valley because it still had the character and quality of life that I had watched disappear while growing up there. Now I’m watching the same thing happen here.

Our latest growth controversy has been defined many ways, but if “a town is like a child,” as Carol Terry has suggested, wouldn’t we want Carbondale to grow at a natural pace, nurtured with care and directed with intelligence, and hopefully uninfluenced by strangers whose motives and background are questionable? I see our town as “13 going on 21,” the prospect of which is terrifying to more than just the “Mothers.”

The consequences of the Crystal River Marketplace will be more air, water, noise and light pollution. The developer and his designers have shown little regard for many of our concerns about the scale and design of the project. They refused to negotiate many critical points using the excuse that Target’s standards were driving this design.

Well, since Target isn’t coming to town I suggest that we send Mr. Huster back to the drawing board to come up with something that more than half of the community can accept.

We are at an important crossroad that will define this town forever, and if we don’t pay close attention, we will surely sacrifice the qualities that keep Carbondale from becoming the kind of place so many of us came here to get away from.

Please vote no on July 15.

Russell Hedman


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