Living in the Shadow of Colorado's Mountain Playgrounds

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It's quite a paradox. Not only is it nearly impossible for the average working class person to live in Aspen but it's hardly affordable for a visit!

HI Suzanne! Thanks for your comment...I agree with it 100%!

Great article. I have a slight quibble with it though - when you're talking about historic mining communities, you shouldn't include Vail. Vail got its start in the 1960s as a town to support a new ski resort. As far as I am aware, it has no significant mining history, unlike Breckenridge, Frasier (which hasn't seen quite the housing increases that the other towns have), and Telluride. Lots of food for thought in this article and I look forward to reading the book.

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Hi Bonnie - Thanks for both the kind words and insights. You bring up a really good point and we appreciate your ability to see the bigger point beyond it. Also, this is a very interesting and extremely timely book - in addition to being a pretty good read.

Great post, Brian--much food for thought! Now many of those Aspen millionaires are taking over & destroying lovely Telluride :-( Guess they have already eaten the pear that was once pristine Aspen...gotta move over & out!

Thanks for the kind comment Leigh Ann! There are definitely some parallels between what you're describing and the children's classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"! 

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