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Spinning with the best of ’em

Dear Editor:It looks like the developers are trying to change the English language before the giant forum on the 19th. First the words “historic preservation” have gone away from all communications, along with the word “demolition.” Tim Semrau seems to be leading the pack with changes like “replacement of decaying structures,” and “aged beyond their useful life.” Another good one is “adaptive re-use.” These are an all synonyms for the developers’ creed, “demolition.” The word “demolition” is the key to untold profits – projects are then free from preservation restraints. Free from any attempts at good architecture, and free from anything that would look like a requirement to preserve community. You guys must be taking spinning lessons from Karl Rove.Most other communities where there is no demolition, such as Carmel, are doing quite well saving hundred-year-old buildings. The real problem is not the rate of growth, it is the city giving variances, changing codes, ignoring the basic rules that govern our historic community. I do agree with Tim that government growth is a problem. They always seem to be expanding in areas to make it easier for developers and harder for the community to enjoy the quiet life.Leslie HolstAspen

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