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Dear Editor:Attention those of you who treasure the trees of Aspen who were here long before the last few generations: Be sure to make your way down the 200 block of East Cooper Avenue soon, and look south mid-block while you still have time. The architecture team of CCY Architects, and the contracting team of R.A. Nelson and Associates seem to see fit to chop down a gorgeous remnant of Aspen’s last 100 years past, in order for brick to meet sidewalk for their $3.5 million to $7.5 million-dollar condos at Monarch at the Park (how ironic).There are a trio of spruce trees that have grown together as one glorious treasure of a tree for well over 100 years at this site, adding beauty and environmental assistance to this neighborhood and town. With the pollution proven in our small town, don’t we need all the trees we can keep? The only reason the huge spruce tree on the other side of Cooper (beside the lodge part of the redevelopment) is being saved is because it grows on the property of the residents of 210 Cooper who have been very vocal in wanting it saved. Otherwise it probably would be removed to make excavating more convenient. Also, there is no guarantee it will survive the cutting back and root trimming.When I examine several of the other redevelopment and construction sites around town (the Christiania Lodge, the Innsbruck condos, the corner of Sixth and Main, and many homes in the West End of town, among others), I see plans that were made to bend over backwards to save these respected ancestors that give our town so much quality and distinction. There is even a house in the 300 block of Hopkins that cut a hole in the roof of a carport to permit a tree to survive, and a condo complex in the 400 block of Hopkins that worked its sidewalks around the existing trees. Check out the back of the Explore bookstore for another example of man respecting nature.Why isn’t the Parks Department more interested in trying to save more beautiful, big old trees? Why isn’t the City Council concerned? If we have to tolerate more brick and concrete rising higher and higher into our view planes, shouldn’t we at least let those fantastic, natural giants who earned the right to stand that tall, stay and live out their natural lives (especially when they give so much in return)? If you appreciate and honor these giants among us, don’t miss your chance to pay your respects to the one in the middle of the south side of the 200 block of East Cooper. Its time is running out! P.S I mean no disrespect to the family business who needs this redevelopment. I just think it’s a crime more conscientious effort was not put into incorporating this trio of trees into the architecture and landscaping (especially when it was brought up twice at the last two City Council meetings).Ricki NewmanAspen


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