Steamboat Springs When are we, the residents of Steamboat Springs, finally going to stand up and say, "We have an incurable illness"? Construction and deconstruction has gotten to the point of being ridiculous, especially when the only thing driving this madness appears to be greed.
It is one thing for our community to grow responsibly, and quite another for it to develop into a cancer, growing exponentially beyond all civic measures to control it. Evidently those in control of our community do not care about what is happening or they would be seriously considering a moratorium on all new construction indefinitely. How many of you want our community to end up like Vail or Aspen? Let me also remind everyone of the many disruptions in our water, electrical, phone and cable service due to irresponsible deconstruction.
Along with that, we all have to put up with an endangering increase in the local traffic, making a drive through town seem like a California freeway at rush hour. It is also very plain to see how the seasonal fluctuations in our population already have put a strain on our local infrastructure. A trip to either of the two food supermarkets or to the only major department store during these times is evidence of their inability to provide for the present population.
How are we going to manage the future population increases? Don't get me wrong, I am all for progress, but the latest trend in Steamboat Springs is very troubling. If those in charge don't get a handle on this disease soon, we will all be seeing our community's obituary in our local newspaper. Please, let's not let Steamboat Springs die.