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Why not Park Place?

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Dear Editor:At long last, my question is answered. After searching for any reason for Helen or Rachel’s no votes on my Park Place application, it has finally been printed. The truth is, they had no reason at all.As evidenced by yesterday’s Aspen Times article, both Rachel and Helen are for more parking, it seems they just want to be the only ones collecting money for it.After watching my application be denied without any real consideration whatsoever, our elected officials would prefer to use our tax dollars to impose tighter restrictions on us or spend our money to build and maintain parking that would be used primarily by tourists. The night of my only one-hour meeting with council, Rachel Richards actually said, “I can’t support private for profit businesses in the commercial core.” There’s only one way to interpret that: She’s either a Communist or she doesn’t realize that every business downtown is private for profit. Now Helen is quoted in the paper saying, “I think we need to look at more parking spaces somewhere.” You had the answer sitting on your desk six months ago and you discounted it with no interest whatsoever. First, the city turned me down flat, then they went so far as to strip me of my citizen rights and railroad me and 1,000 other citizens by calling my petition “insufficient.”If the City Council really thinks we need more parking downtown, put my ordinance on the November general election. These people won’t permit my application in the core, but they will consider charging for parking in front of our houses. This is simply ridiculous.Watch out neighbors, next they will be spending our money to do a study on the matter.Peter FornellAspen

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