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Letter: Aspen can learn from D.C.

I am originally from Washington, D.C., and when I first moved here, I thought “Why would there be a bus station in the prettiest part of town?” Where I’m from, we let the riders out at the tourist stops, but have enough sense to keep the buses parked and idling elsewhere. Where I’m from, the people are pretty serious, but they know how to let loose, i.e., happy hour on the Hill, July 4th on the Mall, snowball fights on DuPont. Where I’m from, there has been a building-height restriction in the core of the city since the Height of Buildings Act of 1899/1910. Even though the D.C. City Council initially passed the height restrictions in the city, it requires an act of Congress to alter those restrictions, which has been attempted a few times during the past century. Most recently, there was a movement to add an allowance for residential penthouses! Congress has not approved the variance. Why? Because it would ruin the magnificent landscape of the city.

I’m in Aspen now, and I’d like to be able to say, “Where I’m from, our mayor governs with conviction and a true understanding of the magnificence of our city, and he’s got a great sense of humor.“

Let him show you this election what he’s made of. Torre for mayor!

Shelia Brennan

Aspen


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