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Fumbling with teen drinking

Don Rogers

Enough already! Maybe this needs to take the next step. Instead of suspension from a game or two, maybe the penalties should increase.

Back in the day for some of us, being caught partying, to use the euphemism, meant you were thrown off the team, period. Not for a game. For the season.

On schedule

Naturally, as if there ever were any doubt, the property owners’ appeal of a decision to move forward with the Middle Creek affordable housing project arrived on schedule toward the end of the last possible day to file it. Run that clock. Great tactic.

The items make up the familiar laundry list. The view of that lovely microwave tower will be ruined; rockfall hazards that six miles of buildings somehow escape even with steeper slopes behind them; traffic will go to hell with the apartments if Spraddle Creek has to share; the architectural style doesn’t conform to the neighborhood, which has no discernible style on that side of the interstate; pedestrian problems are likely to arise, which does seem to be an issue, though they exaggerate it greatly.

The list goes on, a veritable throwing of spaghetti on the wall.

There’s also this objection: “Aggravation of social, economic and public safety conflicts among tenants, as occurs at other similar projects in the community, because of the excessive intensity of homogeneous population and use.”

Well, string up the razor wire. Why oh why are apartment buildings allowed anywhere if they are so dangerous? Short answer: They aren’t. Even with that awful Timber Ridge, a much weaker model than, say, the Tarnes or other apartment complexes in the Vail Valley. This area falls well short of being a high crime mecca even with all the density of condo and apartment buildings.

Besides, this is yet another of a myriad questions that should have been raised and debated well over a year ago, before Vail chose the Mountain Bell site and solicited for bids to build a complex of up to 200 units.

Middle Creek would not transform Vail into the inner city any more than children would die by the bushel if the driving range at the golf course became host to the “bubble” covering the temporary ice rink during winter.

A town with a historical 1 to 2 percent rental vacancy rate – among the very tightest in the state, with prices to match – has quite a ways to go to reach that more preferable 5 percent mark, which would help even the second-home owners and other property owners so fearful of this project. The need is clear; the stated objections are smoke.


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