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Letter: Frisch bad for the community

Frisch bad for the community

In this election season, it is even more obvious the changes that have happened to our Aspen community. Gone are the days when we valued our community over the real estate commodity that the town has become. I was fortunate to grow up in an Aspen that was a real community, not just a real estate development. Contrary to what is espoused by election candidates, our vibrant community continues to erode in favor of empty penthouses and expensive storefronts.

I encourage Aspen voters to vote for Referendum 1, as the City Council has demonstrated time and again its inability to vote against inappropriate development that is over that allowed by the code and that, in their opinion, requires extra allotments of free-market development to make even an 11-room lodge expansion viable. If you like what has happened to our historic commercial core, the loss of our mountain views and the mass and scale of development along Hyman Avenue, then by all means you should vote to re-elect Adam Frisch to the City Council. If you like the fact that he has traded the protection of Aspen’s historic and valuable water rights for the support of a few streamside homeowners, then certainly consider voting “orange” this election.

I think it is time to bring some new blood to an existing City Council that appears to be interested in continuing development at any cost. I will support candidates who understand the value of Aspen’s water rights and who are interested in supporting a process to revise and enforce a stricter land-use code and who will consider reducing height limits and building mass in the best interests of saving our mountain views and what is still special about this community.

Lisa Markalunas


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