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What could have been

Dear Editor:

I read with interest that Councilor Anne Freeman is championing her role in preventing the Riverwalk development from being larger than the downtown development recently built.

One of the gems of Basalt, the swinging bridge, happens to be located on the river boundary of this development. The previous development proposal rejected by Freeman (that was incidentally supported and approved by the P&Z) proposed a community park fronting onto the river and encouraged pedestrian connection to the bridge.

What a fantastic thing, a community riverfront park in the middle of downtown Basalt!

Unfortunately, the council elected to support the alternative that has resulted the sea of asphalt that contributes absolutely nothing to the community fabric. It is fortunate that A4 architects managed to salvage the project with a great streetscape.

Freeman says: “I’ve seen sprawl ruin a lot of places,” but surely if we reject supporting sustainable density in the core, then aren’t we are simply encouraging that “sprawl?”

I would encourage the citizens of Basalt to go down to the swinging bridge and imagine would could have been.

Scott Bartleet


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