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In 1987, as the owner of Mazzola's, I went before city council and shared the stories of trying to find employees and hearing from the employees we did have about the struggles they were having finding housing of any kind, affordable or not. I listened to the stories of paying then $400 per bedroom for a place. It's much more than that now. Steamboat went through a phase where the "white picket fence" housing dream dominated city council discussions. What those discussions never took into account was the need for housing for service workers and especially those who were making Steamboat a short stop on their life journey. True, many decided to stay, and there should be housing available at an affordable price for those that choose to do so. Ski Corp and Curt Weiss created a solution at the time by building the Walton Pond housing units, rental units where unrelated tenants could share the housing and have a roof over their heads. Nothing like it has been built since. Many older condo units have been turned to rental housing, but there still is not enough available for those who don't wish to purchase. More rental options would be helpful.
I am so sorry to be missing this presentation. Ute history in the area is much older than those who arrived during westward expansion. I will be out of town. Maybe he could do it again sometime.
I agree with Jeff Kibler. Why do we not have more manufactured home developments than we do? The mental picture of run down trailer parks with trash and clutter in the yard does not have to be the norm, nor is it across the nation. Manufactured homes, whether they be mobile homes or modular homes, are an affordable option for housing, both within our community and out in the county. In the case of a mobile home park, rules and enforcement can go a long way to keeping up the appearance of both the land and the structure. Look at West Acres. Look at Copper Mountain Estates. And in developments, where the land would be owned by the homeowner, covenants can help to control appearance. Or is suppression of this type of housing meant to keep the riff-raff out? Yielding to fear, rather than managing the process and outcomes, is keeping our options limited. Affordable housing doesn't have to cost $200 a square foot (or more).
I love this column. What a fun idea... collecting odd words about traveling. And I love the stories that actually fit the definition. Nice job, Janet.
The original noon whistle was steam-driven at the Steamboat Laundry in the location where
The Laundry restaurant is now. That was replaced by the air raid siren in the 8th Street parking lot in the 50's when we were all afraid of the Russians and students hid under their desks during air raid practice.
One of the most asked questions by guests of Steamboat Springs is, "How did Steamboat get its name"? When the downtown noon whistle was removed in 2008, Main Street Steamboat raised the funds to have the noon whistle restored but using a steam whistle which sounded more like a steamboat than the former air raid siren. Because of complaints by neighboring businesses to the 8th Street parking lot location of the siren about how loud the siren was, city fathers required the sound of the new whistle be removed from downtown and made quieter. The new whistle was installed at the Parks and Rec offices and is barely audible, losing the whole point of having a steamboat-sounding whistle in the first place. Since the new whistle is basically lost and most people think it is a train whistle anyway, I think it would be great to have a new LOUDER steam whistle at the ski area. It is a unique way to educate our guests with a little bit of Steamboat history (the French trapper story) and help make a connection. The more people know about a community, the more real it becomes to them.
I am so glad to see the downtown sidewalk improvement plan finally moving forward. As a planning commissioner more than 10 years ago, I was an advocate for completing the long standing sidewalk plan sitting on a shelf in the planning office. The city had adopted a policy of requiring property owners to put in a new sidewalk if there was none if they wanted to make other improvements to their property. This policy proved to be a disincentive to improvements.
Sidewalks help to improve the walkability score of a community, a measure of community desirablility. Walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities. (Quoted from link text) With the city willing to bear the upfront costs to build or improve downtown sidewalks, and to negotiate with a contractor for the whole job, property owners will save more money than they would if they contracted to have the work done individually. Additionally, with the city only charging the property owner 75% of the already discounted cost, and offering up to five years of financing, another thing the property owner would not have individually from a contractor, this should be the least painful way to improve downtown properties. The disincentive is now removed. Thank you, City Council for taking this project off the shelf.
I will never understand this kind of wanton vandalism. Prosecute to the full extent of the law, please.
This is Tracy Barnett, speaking personally and not on behalf of MainStreet Steamboat. For the record, MainStreet is not included in the the negotiations with Triple Crown. That being said, I am also a resident on Pamela Lane and was never approached about this letter. Perhaps it is because the neighbors know I am not opposed to Triple Crown or any sports teams using the Emerald Fields at the end of our street. I think it is a bigger question than Triple Crown. I think there needs to be a clear policy on the use of the fields rather than making this all about Triple Crown. I do agree that the access to the fields via the proposed alternative road should be completed before more tournaments of any kind (soccer, la crosse, baseball, softball, etc) is added, but once that is complete, the fields could accommodate more use. The businesses in Steamboat, that help to generate the sales tax that maintains these fields and all amenities we enjoy, thrive when there are events in Steamboat. Organized events help to bring people to the community. Those people eat in restaurants and buy things to take back to where they are from. The money from those sales help to support the employees of our community and are also the users of the amenities. While it is true that there is a large part of our community that does not depend on guests for their livelihood, there is also another large part that does. Without the sales tax generated by our guests, we would have fewer and less well-maintained amenities for us all to enjoy. Let's get a workable policy in place and make this about the use of the fields rather than whether to allow Triple Crown or not.
The wonderful things that are taking place at the Art Depot under the direction of Kim Keith are so exciting. Kim's Art Space project, part of her Change Leader training this past year, is a wonderful resource for art materials for young creatives like these girls. What a creative use of recycled materials! Way to go, Arts Council.
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