Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

A thorn to the Snowmass Village Town Council for holding a public hearing about Related Colorado’s application to extend its Base Village vesting today, the same day that the USA Pro Challenge is in town. This is an extremely important topic of public concern, and holding the hearing when interested individuals might be busy working the event, stuck in traffic delays or otherwise distracted by the big event is irresponsible. We understand that the officials adjusted the meeting start time to account for the road closures and that they want to encourage progress with the development, but a special meeting could have been held on another day in the near future. The bike race and the Base Village hearing both deserve more attention than that.

Thorns go to a certain long-standing Aspen barbershop that, now under new ownership, has not only raised its prices but also has eliminated the senior discount. That’s unfortunate, given the loyal customers who have supported the shop over the years.

Roses to former Aspen Mayor Stacy Standley, who introduced growth control to Aspen in 1973 and recently lamented the explosion of development downtown. Standley, in an interview with The Aspen Times last week, candidly expressed his disappointment: “Aspen really needs to get a handle, or we’re going to destroy the town we love.” If not for Standley and other elected officials from the 1970s, we can only guess how the look of Aspen would have turned out. We hope our city leaders heed Standley’s advice, but the new lodging-incentive ordinance doesn’t bode well.

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