This is Aspen’s decision
September 16, 2002
The Entrance to Aspen controversy rages on, giving us all some entertainment and provoking the thought process during off-season.
But don’t get suckered in by the specious arguments of government officials (Tony and Mick), CDOT analysts or downvalley commuting experts.
The decision belongs to the citizens of Aspen to make, according to the democratic process. The Entrance to Aspen project lies predominantly on city property.
Why should the downvalley workforce determine our destiny? Do I get to vote on important issues in Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood or Redstone. I only get to vote in the city (Aspen) in which I choose to reside.
Before you vote, take a minute to consider what a straight-shot option gives you.
1. You will approve all our tourists entering Aspen through a tunnel.
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2. You will approve tearing up the entire corridor from Buttermilk to Aspen just after it has been restored (which took almost 10 years).
3. You will continue to urbanize and industrialize Aspen’s core.
If you don’t believe me, check out the new light going up at the new Burlingame entrance (only 1,000 yards down the road from the Owl Creek/Buttermilk light), or check out the massive overbuild of Snowmass Canyon.
If you care about Aspen’s future, make sure you get out and vote.