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Letters to the Editor

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Vail CO, Colorado

Losing Vail

The new “Vail City” seems to be well on its way. Our nice village will be turned more and more into a “mountain city,” offering all the facilities and things that those poor urban people who came to Vail seem to miss, like movies, bowling, a convention center, art center, shopping mall, parking spaces, entertainment and so on.

Basically there was the dream of a healthy, rural mountain community. But those ideas are forgotten. Also, how it fits in this valley is not the question anymore. The only question seems to be how much Vail can trade in and get for the little free space that is left over.



On the other side, we read now in The Vail Trail, the glorifying of our beautiful sister town Lech in Austria. What a funny situation. We admire this nice Austrian mountain village with its special style and at the same time we turn our own nice village into a city. Someday people from Vail may go to Lech to find the fun and the coziness of an alpine village that Vail used to have.

But turning Vail into a reasonable city is complicated. Every city has its city center and the center of new “Vail City” will be the I-70. So instead of becoming a nice city, Vail is on its way to become a collection of high buildings along the highway. What a beautiful sight! And for all of this Vail spends a lot of extra money for advisers from all over the country.

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Take the administration of our sister town, Lech. You wouldn’t believe how few people run the business there. And they really do a good job, according to the results they get. Without advisers and a lot of specialists, they show that common sense can’t be beat. I guess that little Lech hosts more guests then big Vail during a winter season and if you ask now over there for a free room for next winter, you may have a problem to get it.

I don’t mind if one of the new building is 10 feet higher than the others. In Europe every town has its “church” as the highest building. O.K. our “Vail Dome” seems to be Solaris. But how many churches do we get?

What worries me is the fact that all of this will change the lifestyle of Vail. May I ask: How far is the town of Vail willing to bend if somebody shows them a billion dollars? What kind of planning is this? Is it only important how much we can get now? Is that the goal?



Otto Wiest

Vail


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