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Aspen’s elected ‘experts’ drive away another lodge developer

The feds avoided a faux government shutdown. But Aspen City Council has a real lodging shutdown.

Example: the Boomerang fiasco. It isn't that lodge developers don't have rational plans. The problem is that every member of every City Council anoints him-herself as an expert on lodge design. No developer can present any plan that can't be "improved" by the "lodging experts" on City Council. Those "experts" keep piling on the "improvements" until, as with the Boomerang, the developers decide there are better towns for investing in lodges.

Aspen might be paradise for locals and visiting squillionaires, but it's hell for lodge developers. They'll find their heavens elsewhere.

Maurice Emmer

Aspen