Letter: Stop building and marketing long enough to plant a few trees
Richard Daily did a good job of describing the Book Train and what will be lost when it is closed. It was the one store on that stretch of Grand Avenue that offered the consumption of knowledge rather than the consumption of clothing, food or jewelry. Personally I have purchased calendars, cards, newspapers, books and magazines, at one time or another. The way I understand it, the business was making decent money, but there was a dispute between co-owners that caused the sale of the property. Counter to Mr. Daily’s closing statement, books were selling in Glenwood Springs.
I am afraid there is truth to the characterization of our tourists economy, however. Marketing of Glenwood was and continues to have the simple goal of as many bodies as possible.
The rumor is that the Book Train building will house an ice cream shop. The atmosphere created, and furthered by a stroll over the runway-pedestrian bridge, has the feel of being on the Jersey Shore boardwalk, not a leafy mountain town.
Can we stop building and marketing long enough to plant a few trees and planters? This could make Glenwood a more pleasant and relaxing experience for all.
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