Time is now to save Shadow Mountain | AspenTimes.com

Time is now to save Shadow Mountain

The immediate potential for development through the Midland Trail by Lyle Reeder is not a city or county problem, though it straddles the border and allows our politicians to point blame at each other. It’s our problem.

It is true that multiple past bad decisions and agreements by both city and county governments have endowed otherwise worthless mining claims with development rights and value. They shouldn’t have, but that’s past.

We voted the money for open space. Bonding is almost at its historical cheapest cost. Across the valley there’s huge support to save Shadow Mountain and the Midland Trail.

So what’s the problem? Must every civic problem be intractable and without solution? I say pay fair-market value for these speculative lots. Condemn if we must. Solve this once and for all. Make it our mountain.

Joannie Klar

Brush Creek

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