Don’t think the Brush Creek plan comes without a public subsidy

Take out all the ancillary angst and the Brush Creek decision almost seems too simple. A philanthropist/developer heeds the call to help with the affordable housing issue in the Crested Butte community. He comes up with a plan and gets the early nods from everyone, including representatives of Crested Butte. The proposal looks good and will take a bite out …

Brush Creek concerns very dierent om the Snodgrass situation

Dear Mark: While it is usually easy to dismiss Norton’s Notions, as he is a stuck clock perpetually chiming out growth at all costs, I found his conflation of the Friends of Brush Creek with the Friends of Snodgrass to be particularly noxious. While one can debate the merits and impacts of lift-served skiing on Snodgrass ad nauseam (and we …

Brush Creek and the smell test

Editor: It seems to me that the chief problem with the Brush Creek proposal is that it does not pass “the smell test.” In Texas, suburbia seems to begin with a developer buying a piece of farm or ranch land some distance from an urban center, one reason why the price may be so cheap. The developer then subdivides the …

Adults need to step up and be real with Brush Creek

To the Gunnison County Commissioners, the Gunnison County Planning Commission, the City Council of the Town of Crested Butte and the City Council of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado: My only question is where have the adults gone? If they can be found, I would ask that they please stop for a moment and look at where our elected officials are …

Funny Things

There are a few things hanging out there I find sort of funny in a funny-weird sort of way. Not necessarily funny-ha-ha but just perplexing in their, well, funniness. I don’t want to keep putting Brush Creek stuff in the paper all the time so I’ll lay off a bit, but there is one really funny claim that keeps being …

Working together in One Valley bliss…Not

It is so easy to be One Valley blissed out when it is easy. It’s not so easy to be all One Valley when it’s not easy. And the Brush Creek affordable housing process has made it not so easy. Welcome to reality, everyone. The town of Crested Butte and other neighbors of the proposed 240-unit, 700-person development feel more …

Bringing a taste of Denver to Brush Creek

Last week, one of the big reasons for what seems to be a general visceral negative reaction to the proposed housing project at Brush Creek Road finally hit me. It is not the intention to put some workforce housing on the property—it is the overall mainstream feel of the proposal and where it leads Crested Butte as a funky mountain …

We need to do more than see if the pasta sticks to the ceiling

When I lived in the old Disneyland and Sylvanite condos, my roommate and I ate a lot of spaghetti. That’s what you did when you were financially challenged and hungry. We would test the al dente pasta by throwing it on the ceiling. If it stuck, it was considered done. Success! If it didn’t stick, we kept boiling the noodles. …