A visitor’s perspective
Last summer we visited Breckenridge. As we walked around the community we were greeted by well-maintained, quaint Victorian buildings with gardens and flowers abounding, excellent restaurants, unique shops and obvious pride in the town’s historical heritage. Every street revealed another treasure, be it historical, natural, artistic or musical. We applauded the planners, engineers and community members who used a natural resource (the Blue River) to create a gathering place and focal point for families, friends, artists and musicians at the Riverside Center.However, upon closer scrutiny, it was obvious that aside from this one area of the community, the city planners have had no respect for the majestic environment of Breckenridge. The mountains have been raped and pillaged by developers seeking the ultimate gold rush in the form of million-dollar houses and condos. It was with shocking disbelief that we gazed at the towering Rockies pockmarked from the foothills to the summits with houses and condos sandwiched on postage stamp lots on switchback roads. Evidence of erosion, destruction of head waters, habitat loss and clear cutting is rampant. A once pristine area is now a sad tribute to the ever greedy unchecked developers and entrepreneurs whom are ignoring the environmental impact of rapid development. They have no sense of responsibility for preserving natural resources. The overdevelopment and inflated prices cannot be sustained over time economically or environmentally. People of Breckenridge how can you let this continue? Rise up and insist on a moratorium on further development. Stop the destruction of your community’s natural resources. There needs to be a mechanism in place that will control the unchecked development and yet allow development that enhances rather than destroys what’s left of the natural beauty of Breckenridge.
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