Crossroads clears hurdle |

Crossroads clears hurdle

Don Rogers

Watch, Crossroads indeed will fit in and bring a distinct improvement to Vail in that neighborhood backed against the Frontage Road.The new Crossroads will serve as a bridge between Vail Village and the shops and such to the west where the current worn structure dominated by a parking lot made a little desert.That this project flared into such controversy is a little odd. Isn’t half of Lionshead taller? Nearby Four Seasons and the phoenix rising out of the old Village Inn site right there with it?Besides, only in Vail would Crossroads be called “giant” anyway. Now that the Town Council gave the first of two approvals for the project, maybe it can finally get built and we all can move on to the next bit of progress.The whiff of referendum yet lingers. The clique against just about everything in Vail has been rumbling anew. Perhaps they can stir up enough petition signatures to keep this going to an election.There’s enough honest concern about the size of the new Crossroads to make for an interesting campaign, and it would be interesting to see how a direct up and down vote of the people would go.But given how the council election went – the nay votes up for election losing their seats – the outcome is predictable. Without the bogeyman of public debt to scare voters, an election is unlikely to be more than a nuisance. Alas, for some, that alone serves as an agenda.Vail, Colorado

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