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Who else is in danger?

Dear Editor:

I have been following the stories in the paper, and then I noticed yesterday’s article regarding “Basalt’s goal to relocate 37 families from homes at risk of flooding” (“Basalt plots course to buy trailer park,” Jan. 23).

I have been wondering about it since I first learned of it a few weeks ago. I mean, if these people are in danger, then what about all the good folks living along the river on either side of Basalt? Shouldn’t someone warn them and protect them, too?

And, in your upcoming vote, do the people who actually live in the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park get to vote? Say they get voted out of their homes and relocated elsewhere in Basalt, will their rent still be $615 a month? Then, will more people occupy this space in peril in the future in safer, bigger buildings? Who will protect them?

I think I’m more confused now. But, I’m pretty sure this is what “pricing out” means, especially for a certain demographic, when “they will eventually be forced to move out and find their own accommodations.”

And, I’m pretty sure that’s what currently is happening in Aspen. Is this progress? Or, maybe, the high-priced real estate just makes it safer to be the buyer rather than the ones in danger of losing their homes.

Whatever the case, it sure makes me feel better to know that someone is looking out for those people living along the river in the heart of Basalt.

Molly Brooks


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