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Will council change its mind?

After visiting many special places, I selected Aspen as the place to live because of the obvious, and also because it offered one thing that the other cities did not. Aspen had adopted a rational growth policy. I thought that this would protect this unique place. Over the past several years I have seen the council support the erosion of these adopted policies and the values that they represent.

Now they are considering adopting an infill approach that would destroy the look and feel of our town. Rezoning the city to allow for taller buildings (additional floors) will exacerbate our severe parking traffic problem, eliminate views to the surrounding mountains and block the winter sun.

The impact of adopting this new zoning is irreversible. The long-term effect would lead to the demolition and replacement of most of our buildings. Do we want to lose our charm and end up looking like Vail?

Will this council change and start protecting our community values, or will we, the voters, have to make the change?

Bill Wiener Jr. A.I.A.


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