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Main street offices banned
TELLURIDE, Colo. – Telluride has made permanent its ban on new banks, real estate and other offices at ground-floor locations on the town’s main street, called Colorado Avenue. Such a ban had been in temporary effect since December.
In doing so, Telluride follows in the steps of Vail, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and, most recently, Crested Butte. Park City has taken several hard looks at a similar ban, but concluded it would be ill-advised there.
In Telluride, real-estate agent George Harvey isn’t affected directly. His real-estate office is already on the strip, and as such, will be grandfathered in. But he tells the Telluride Daily Planet that he thinks the ban is unnecessary. “If the idea is to promote diversified businesses on main street, this is probably the silliest way to do that I’ve ever seen.”
He told the Planet that the town failed to offer proof that it worked elsewhere, and he just doesn’t see it creating more retail business.
Currently, 20 per cent of the total frontage on the main street is occupied by real-estate businesses, whereas restaurants have 12 per cent and assorted retail makes up 49 per cent.
Tragedies, miracles recalled
PARK CITY, Utah – Monday was Labor Day in Park City, and elsewhere across the United States. The holiday was created in 1882 for the working man, and among the worst or at least most dangerous work anywhere was — and is — underground mining, as witnessed by the death of nine coal miners in Utah this summer.
Not too far away from that tragedy is Park City, which was born as a mining town. Among its dark moments was a 1902 blast of a powder magazine, which caused deadly gases that killed 34 men.
But another mining accident had a better outcome. That one was in 1929, and a cave-in blocked the exit of miners. It also blocked the flow of water. By the time they were rescued, the men were standing on their tiptoes on ore carts gasping for breath against the ceiling of the drift, as horizontal mineshafts are called.
Among the youngsters who saw the rescued miners leave was John W. “Jack” Gallivan. “They looked like they were worn out, exhausted,” he told The Park Record. “They all did go home to bed and come back to work the next day,” he added.
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