It has been a great experiment in planning and building an old boom and bust mining town, but after 35 years, we are still arguing a fundamental planning conundrum--"Is more less, or is less more?"
Please join me.
As a new member, you should know that I was the fifth new person to move to Telluride in 1971. Telluride was virtually a ghost town with two businesses in town open--both bars--and essentially the rest of Main Street boarded up or the buildings had been burned down to save on property taxes.
Cute victorian houses were abundant, but in dilapidated condition.
I rented my first house, a nice one with plumbing that worked, for $10.00/month.
The Telluride Ski Resort started up in 1972.
The population is now around 5000 counting both locals and 2nd homes in the region.
A new muncipality was built from scratch and connected to the old historical town by a gondola that runs year-round for free.
Homes now average $2.5 million--well that was before the crash.
I was the Chairman of the County Planning Commission for all of the years of planning, zoning and approvals.
I was one the founders of the Telluride Housing Authority in 1974 and helped develop workforce housing in Telluride and then exported the knowledge to the world and have built in 20 different municipalities and consulted in many more.
Like so many other places, Telluride is at a cross-roads and I see this economic crisis as an opportunity to move--or fix the problems from years of arguing, bickering, and mass medocrity--and become what we had always dreamed of being.
I am also one of the founders of Telluride's festival culture (Bluegrass, Film Festival, Mountain Film, Tech Festival) and arts culture.
Also, used to own the newspaper and magazine, a development company and a real estate company and the Bank and ....