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Take a stand, City Council

Dear Editor:

Since you have asked for opinions, I will gladly oblige you. Without rehashing your approval of the Aspen Art Museum’s gross violation of the city code, I would like to publicly point out the horrendous ripple effects of your cowardice in the face of a lawsuit. Everyone who has applied for another floor on their building knows that all they have to do is sue the city, and they can settle the suit for something better than they proposed.

I would suggest that you immediately make 28 feet the absolute limit on height. Any proposal that exceeds that limit, for any reason, must be considered by special review and in the same manner that a new project is reviewed. No shortcuts!

If an applicant has a reasonable need for what had been allowed prior to this limit, let them make a case for themselves. Don’t use your approval in order to gain another extraction. This action is not to further housing or parking or whatever you think that you need at that time; it is only to preserve and enhance the character of our city.

Please pay attention to the opinions of the people who are voicing their concerns. Be transparent. Don’t ignore these as you did the 1,500 opinions against the art museum approval.

Please do something that you can finally be proud of.

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Richie Cohen

Aspen