Aspen’s version of globalization angst has spurred some interesting debate of late. With Aspen City Council in the midst of policy discussions on new commercial regulations for downtown, a proposal has surfaced to curtail the proliferation of high-end retail chains. But whether it goes anywhere is now the big question. Continue reading
After months of informal talks about how to encourage more lodging development and redevelopment, Aspen City Council is nearly ready to look at potential code changes to further the goal.
At a work session scheduled for this Tuesday, May 20, city staff is seeking Council’s blessing to move into a public-hearing process to discuss potential policy changes for its lodging incentive program. Council will also be able to comment on the proposed changes as they currently stand after several work sessions on the topic. Continue reading
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A new Aspen City Council was seated this summer, after Aspen voters chose Steve Skadron as their mayor in the spring election, as well as council newcomers Art Daily and Ann Mullins. Adam Frisch, who lost his mayoral bid, is fulfilling the second half of his four-year term, and former councilman and Dwayne Romero — who came in third in the race for two council seats in May — was tapped by a four-person council to fill the fifth, vacant seat.
In the wake of a lot of focus on Aspen’s economic vitality, The Aspen Skinny decided to survey the new council on two key questions: goals and economic sustainability. Here’s what they said (except for Art Daily, who declined to participate in the questionnaire). Continue reading