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Letters to the Editor, July 24-27, 2010

Editor:

Well — we are all on the edge of our seats, now that the Brothers Sweeney may or may not have landed the biggest fish of all — The Ritz Carlton, the ultimate "Big-Box Retailer" of luxury resort hotels. Oh Happy Day, Parkites, local business owners and workaday blue-collar types, for our economic future is now guaranteed.

"Trickle-up" economics will guide the negotiated destruction of Treasure Hill, extraction of enough of its priceless intrinsic value (read: historic context, watershed, habitat, location/viewshed, and access to recreation and services) in order to gain approval and financing for a development that would make The Montage look like a quaint B&B in comparison. At some future date, and after being built with outside financing and workforce, on the backs of local residents and against their will, the hotel will open and the "Glitterati" will soon flock here in droves, tossing tens and twenties to their valets, drivers and personal shoppers, and looking for ways to stimulate the local economy without actually interacting with the public.

Let’s get real, citizens, and understand that our town’s chapter of domination by extractive industries has come to a close, and our future truly lies in a balanced, vibrant economy based on green industries, responsible development and good urban design.

Steven Swanson

Park City


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