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Who knows what the future holds

Larry Oberhill, Keystone

Future paradigm shifts should not be neglected when planning solutions to the Interstate 70 corridor problem.Who envisioned the present interstate highway before the introduction of the automobile? For that matter, who gave much thought to humans strapping boards to their feet and riding magic chairs up mountains to glide down paths of snow, much of it artificial and machine groomed.The future may bring zeppelins to Vail. Perhaps Front Range skiers will get in a lift line in their home neighborhoods to step into luxury gondolas that will whisk them to the summit of their choice farther west.Check out the Airscooter.com website for the British engineered ultra-light helicopter with co-axial rotors (for quick training) and dependable, quiet four stroke engines, which may become common in the near decades. Many cars already have GPS navigation systems. Personal air travel may eventually be GPS guided through heavily traveled air corridors with computerized air traffic control.Or perhaps new, not-yet-conceived leisure activities will make skiing obsolete and everyone will want to go to Limon on weekends. How long was the Erie Canal used?

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