Letter: Power Plant will help spur creativity
I work at a nonprofit in the neighborhood of the proposed Aspen Power Plant space. I live here full time and spend much of my time in this part of Aspen, and am fully in support of the plans for a shared office space mixed with events, food and beverage and a media station. I was a vocal supporter when the proposal was approved last year, and want to reiterate how many of us in the community are behind it.
When I lived in Denver, I used a shared workspace called Galvanize. As we have seen throughout Aspen trying to work freelance or remotely from coffee shops long term is not feasible, and is a strain on resources for small-business owners with limited customer capacity. The Galvanized model is similar to what the Aspen Power Plant team has proposed, and yes, it also had food and served beers. I didn’t go there to party, and legitimately credit my success in digital media to having a space in which other creative people were working so we could collaborate and challenge one another. Aspen needs entrepreneurial people to stay here and work so that the neighborhoods don’t increasingly turn into ones like Oklahoma Flats — full of second- and third-home owners trying to determine what’s best for the town. I truly believe that the Aspen Power Plant is striving to provide a creative space for generational entrepreneurs that otherwise couldn’t or wouldn’t have access to Aspen. Please continue to show your support for this project. Thank you!
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