A blog to gain community input on the update to the Aspen Area Community Plan.
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Watching students participate in this session today at AHS was a rewarding and positive experience. Many of the students said they planned to return to the area.
First off, I'd like to thank the city planners for visiting the school this past Tuesday. To "Sustain the Aspen idea" I believe we need to maintain and expand on the local part of Aspen (i.e. Belly Up, Johnny McGuire's, New York Pizza etc.). For the locals of Aspen these spots have become almost iconic, and I believe that we need more Belly Ups and less Gucci stores.
First, I would like to thank the city planners for visiting the school on Tuesday. In order to "Sustain the Aspen Idea" we need to maintain the local part of Aspen. Places such as: Belly Up, Johnny McGuire's, New York Pizza etc. have become almost iconic to the locals of Aspen. I believe we need to create more places like Belly Up and New York Pizza and less Gucci stores.
Well, I for one, am extremely pleased that there are those who are concerned about preserving Aspen's personality, and that they actually want to know to how its inhabitants feel about the situation. I agree with Jaz, 15-20 years ago, Aspen was a place for leisure and enjoying yourself--without breaking the bank. In the last decade, it's now become impossible to hang out inexpensively. The mood of Aspen has changed from ski bum leisure to expensive yuppie snobbery. Since there's virtually no Serengeti/watering hole for teens and young adults alike to meet up and chat, all we can do is loiter and wander aimlessly. The only fun joint is the Belly-UP and even that dries up seasonally. There is the ARC, but it's not even in Aspen and it gets old after one day. I think there ought be more internet cafes, dancing clubs where young adults can blow off steam, hang and get a healthy workout, and a youth center that's actually in town. Quoting Jaz, "More Belly-Ups, less Gucci"
I think in the growth and maintaining of Aspen, it is important to remember that Aspen is still a town and a home to a lot of people. It's not just a resort town. We need to keep the number of resort shops equal to the number of shops for locals. The charm of Aspen to a lot of people is that we are a small community town. With more and more unneeded ski shops and high fashion stores moving in, Aspen become less of a home town and more of a resort. It's a huge concern to me that in 10 years i could come home to a resort and not to the small town i love.
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