Downtowner expansion hurts companies that help locals | AspenTimes.com

Downtowner expansion hurts companies that help locals

I am trying to understand why the Aspen taxpayers are OK with the city of Aspen spending around $2.5 million of their hard earned money to replace private enterprise, taking over yet more business from the taxi drivers and TNC drivers (Lyft, Uber). There is a bigger problem here also. When I owned and operated a store in Aspen, the city did not try to take over my sales to locals, who supported my business through the non-tourist months (thank you, locals). It is well nigh impossible to run a business here without local support in my opinion, and yet this is what the city is attempting in this case. Only locals will use this proposed Downtowner expansion. So what will the tourists do when the taxi drivers, Lyft drivers and Uber drivers all find other jobs as there is not enough business to support them as drivers any longer? How will our guests get to where they need to go? Will the city need to spend tons more money ensuring that every tourist knows how to download and use the Downtowner app? Our high-end clientele deserve the same amenities they would expect to find in other cities. Taxis and TNC drivers are not luxuries, they are necessities to our guests. I ask the city to consider this before putting all our drivers out of business at great expense to the Aspen taxpayer.

Bronwyn Anglin

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