What’s wrong with development?
Dear Editor:So, now the Aspen City Council has placed a moratorium on development in the city and plans to spend the next six months trying to come up with a plan that will make it more difficult, if not impossible, for development to come to Aspen in the future.I have a home in Snowmass and Lake Geneva, Wis., so I know Aspen isn’t the only small town in America dealing with rapid change – but can’t the city council continue to work with developers and judge proposals on their own merits?Several months ago, the Aspen City Council set aside $200,000 for a new study on the S-curves. How many studies over how many years do you need to know that the S-curves need improvement? The solution is to build a four-lane road starting at the roundabout, constructing a bridge and connecting to Main Street. This City Council, along with dozens and dozens before them, would rather do studies and bury them so no decision can be made.Why is development and revitalization wrong? Was the single chair at lift 1A better than the gondola? What about the St. Regis, Hyatt Aspen or Little Nell? Aren’t these wonderful examples of redevelopment and revitalization? My family stayed at the Deep Powder Cabins for 15 years, but we moved on because the rooms went from quaint to tired and worn out. The new Limelight will be terrific! Wouldn’t it be nice to see an Aspen City Council as visionaries looking toward the 22nd century instead of looking back at the 20th century?Manage development, make decisions and revitalize Aspen. Don’t call for moratoriums and studies to figure out ways to avoid making businesses successful.Tom KwiatkowskiLake Geneva, Wis.
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