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Dear Editor,

In the weeks before the election on the Crystal River Market Place (CRMP), the developers are resorting to a tactic of oversimplification, misrepresenting the issues as growth vs. non-growth.

Mr. Tindall (spokesperson for CRMP) suggests that all opposition to the proposal equates to a backward-looking, head-in-the-sand desire for a never-changing, zero-growth Carbondale.

Are all those new buildings on Main Street, the proposed design for 4th and Colorado, La Fontana Plaza, and the Mason and Morse Building figments of our imagination? If not, we have to conclude that the developer’s argument is simply an attempt to scare voters into believing the town will stagnate without CRMP in its current form.

One does not have to look any further than the commercial component designed for Willits in El Jebel, the design for Obermeyer Place in Aspen, or the wonderful Riverwalk Shopping area in Edwards for examples of shopping developments that are attractive, vital, and fit the character of the surrounding communities.

Please do not be misled into believing that this is only a growth vs. non-growth issue.

Growth does not mean accepting just any development. And growth does not mean having to accept a bad development because it meets the developer’s bottom line. We should look at the more progressive models, both in our valley, and throughout Colorado, to see what is truly possible.

Please vote no on July 15. We can do better.

Dr. Scott Tesoro


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