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Ginn never pretended that there would be no impacts. Traffic will get worse. Housing prices are likely to rise. But the company also contracted, in its annexation agreement, to build a recreation centre, create sidewalks, and do other things that Minturn, with a thin sales tax base, could not afford to do.
Helping boost his company’s image was Bobby Ginn, the company’s drawling, cowboy-boot-wearing principal. The 59-year-old Ginn was in town two weeks, and helped hump trash at the town’s community cleanup day the week before.
After the vote, Ginn paid for the drinks at a local bar until the booze was completely gone.
Elsewhere in the Eagle Valley, the vote was seen as no reason for celebration. One blogger on the Vail Daily website charged that it will turn Minturn “into a rich man’s paradise at the expense of regular folks.” Said another, bemoaning increased traffic on the town’s thin-as-a-whisp (and with no alternative routes) main street: “You made your bed Minturn, now lie in it.”
But another blogger took a longer perspective. “Mountainpilot” on the Vail Daily website said that Minturn had waited too many years to institute changes, to actively embrace economic changes.
“There should have been a balance. Instead there was a void... and a savior has come to Minturn. Hopefully it will work out as the voters planned.”
One thing worth observing as the development moves forward is Ginn’s oft-stated promise that it will not only develop, but then operate what has now been approved.
That, says Cliff Thompson, the project’s spokesman, will make a difference in many ways. As such, he says, the project at Battle Mountain will become a model for mountain resort development. The company has been studying green architecture and renewable energy technologies.
‘Car beds’ are costly
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – There is no such thing as free parking. It’s just a matter of who pays for it.
That was the message in Mammoth Lakes from Jason Shrieber, a transportation expert with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. The community there is looking at its mobility options as it becomes more densely redeveloped and also more affluent.
Automobiles are commonly subsidized, but subsidizing mass transit may well be less costly, he said. At Stanford University, officials estimated that each parking space built to accommodate commuting employees cost $156 per month. Parking passes were being sold for $8 a month.
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