Stewart recalls cruising Grand |

Stewart recalls cruising Grand

Dear Editor,Those who think that simply putting out a foot to trip up development will stop it are wrong. Are they the same people who believe closing off wing streets will create a small town riverfront mall on 7th Street? If it’s about small town feel, then it seems that the logic gets foreshortened.Glenwood will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first stop light. It was at the north end of the Grand Avenue Bridge at the intersection of Highway 6 & 24. That was just the beginning. Prior to that, cruising Grand implied a loop around under the bridge. Subsequent lights made it impractical. This old cruising loop made it possible to access both sides of Grand, especially coming from the south side of town.So, what’s the message here? It’s revisionist history to make the town seem small when one insists on plowing the equivalent of an interstate up Grand Avenue and pretending we have a small town feel down on 7th. A route up the rail corridor or a tunnel from No Name to Red Canyon would get commuter traffic through town faster and more quietly. This is needed to maintain the small town feel and allow for more growth.At that point, closing off wing streets and tripping up new developments would not be issues. Take me back to the real Glenwood Springs. Build a route around Grand Avenue.Fred StewartGlenwood Springs

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