Goldstein: Dillon’s current businesses support the public good (letter)
In your article about “urban renewal” in Dillon, Mayor Kevin Burns says, “The key is it must always be for the public good … it must benefit residents in the long run.”
I wonder how ripping up an open space on LaBonte St. to put in condos benefits residents. I wonder how getting rid of a laundromat, a Mexican grocery/butcher shop and a sports bar/pizza restaurant would be for the public good. (Maybe they aren’t tourist draws, but they sure are of use to the people who live here year-round.) I wonder how getting rid of the town’s only convenience store (at the Conoco station) and Italian restaurant (Adriano’s) to put in a hotel is a benefit for the townspeople.
As far as I can tell, the people who have the most to gain by making wholesale changes to Dillon are the town’s administrators (town managers, planners and politicians), as they beef up their resumes for future jobs in bigger cities. By the time they’ve succeeded in turning Dillon into a mini-Frisco or Silverthorne, most of them will be long gone.
I have nothing against new businesses coming to Dillon, but how about trying to lease the available building space before bringing in the heavy equipment?
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