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Signs of elitism

Since The Aspen Times is on a mission to photograph illegitimately produced “no parking” signs in the West End, I would like to bring to the paper’s attention other such signs which make public parking on the city’s public streets anything but public, though illegitimate is not my adjective of choice.

For example, the valet parking sign which usually appears at night on East Hopkins across from the Isis Theatre, precludes any member of the public who cannot afford afford the services of a manservant, parking there, even though that person might be able to pay for a delightful first-run movie.

There are other signs, on South Spring Street for example, which sternly warn the public that only a selected few might park there, the selection having been made how and by whom is not at all clear, and often there are no cars parked there, selected or not.



Have we lost sight of the meaning of the word public, free and open for the civic good, notwithstanding money, social status or friends in high places, or righteous indignation over gasoline fumes? Instead of “doing” lunch, maybe we should “do” a discussion of civic duties and public rights, from Aristotle to the present and convene it on the mall.

Maggie DeWolf




Aspen


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