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Marketplace will fund vital projects

Dear Editor,

As many other residents, I was first attracted to the funky, quirkiness of Carbondale. Rarely a day passes that I don’t celebrate the privilege of living in this town and this Valley. I’d prefer to oppose any further growth to the area (now that my family lives here); and I find most shopping centers and strip malls visually and culturally repugnant. Nonetheless, I support the Crystal River Marketplace.

The first plan was better that the current proposal. I suspect the longer we wait, the more likely Carbondale will see an even less desirable project; and be either more desperate or less legally able to object.

The Mothers offer no well-reasoned or comprehensively planned alternative. Mothers’ motto: Don’t solve it, we’ll figure it out later.

Most important, TABOR limits our town’s ability to generate revenue for the town in ways other than sales tax. There are too many projects vital to Carbondale that we can’t do now!

Contrary to the Town Mothers’ suggestion, most residents of Carbondale go to Wal-Mart more than once a year to buy underwear. Each time we make a purchase in Glenwood, or Grand Junction or Denver, it’s money out of Carbondale’s collective wallet.

I prefer my hard-earned money to be spent in town. Now, Carbondale does not have the retail diversity for economic self-sufficiency.

I wish it weren’t the case; but in the long term, Carbondale will lose more of what we love about the town if we reject the Marketplace. Crystal River Marketplace needs to pass.


Jonathan Shamis


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