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Glenwood needs proper traffic management

Dear Editor,

Local control has slipped away. It starts and ends with traffic, and its effect flows into every other aspect of the city. Properly directed, it will improve commerce and put all other decisions in proper perspective. Mismanage it, and all becomes a bigger pawn in some distant chess game.

Cal Craven from Catherine was married in “pretty little” Glenwood after the war. In the eighties, he wished to retire back to Glenwood, but found it lost some of its original charm: Without reflecting pools and swan ponds and quaint tree-lined lanes, the city was less than what had beckoned and enticed, four decades before.

True, these things he spoke of no longer existed. The newspapers, banks, theaters, the hotels, and the pool were still there. A hospital had been built. Grand Avenue was widened. Stoplights were installed. These, at the small cost of a few swan ponds, treed lanes, and reflecting pools!

Twenty years later, aside from the pool, every other major business has sold. Much local control has slipped away. What’s left on Grand Avenue is a few desperate local merchants prostituting themselves at the expense of the city.

Since Grand Avenue is the heart of the city, why are we unwilling to better our lot by addressing traffic concerns? The repaving of Grand Avenue is a cosmetic necessity; it doesn’t really facilitate traffic flow. For example, will it have RFTA pull outs? Will it speed traffic?

Commercial and commuter routes around business districts are vital. Cal Craven died, and so has old Glenwood. Proper traffic management would go a long way to restoring Glenwood’s spirit, her commerce, her soul.

Fred Stewart

Glenwood Springs

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