Trolleys worth considering
April 2, 2002
Here are a few thoughts from a local merchant about the potential for trolley cars in Aspen … before it is too late.
Almost daily I hear from visitors that come to my gallery, “Aspen’s changing … it’s not what it used to be … it has lost much of its charm and unique character … it’s not as much fun as it used to be here … this will be our LAST visit to Aspen.”
It seems as if a trolley car system in Aspen would be a unique, charming and fun feature that would differentiate Aspen from other tourist destinations. It would certainly be in keeping with the historic nature and significance of the town and quite possibly a “highlight” of a visitor’s “Aspen Experience.”
If you think of San Francisco, one of this country’s most visited tourist destinations, you think of the Golden Gate Bridge and the trolley cars!
I understand that it would be quite expensive to restore these cars and install a trolley car system. Nevertheless, if the city is able to sell these to other towns willing to make such an investment, they must believe that there is a long-term, big picture value to having them.
Finally, although I realize that during tougher economic times with looming budget deficits the tendency is to want to find ways to “cut” instead of “spend.” However, at some point I feel strongly that it is important to be creative and think of ways to attract more visitors versus driving them away to other destinations. After all, isn’t tourism still the lifeblood of our community?
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At the very least, the trolley car issue is worth a vote to see what the public at large thinks about it … it seems that everything else regarding transportation and taxes have appeared on the ballots in the past several years!
Thank you for your attention and consideration in this matter.