(Editor’s note: The article mentioned in this letter was published in the recent Golden Transcript sample edition sent out to Golden residents. The story originally was published in the Golden Transcript in February.)
As to downtown Golden’s “parking crisis,” everything in the article by journalist Corinne Westeman likens to the metaphor of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
As long as the Golden City Council continues adding apartments, buildings, motels, businesses, et al., there will be a point where there are no solutions because there will be too many people crammed into too little space. At that point, all our quality of life standards swirl into a horrible outcome. What makes downtown Golden quaint and inviting will become a legend of the past.
Why can’t reasonable people see it? What’s so hard about simple solutions that would work…instead of kicking the can down the road?
More cars parking in outlying parking lots means more air pollution. More shuttle busses mean more toxic air. More growth means we all pay higher utilities. More water taps mean less and more expensive water. The more people we add to Golden, the lower our quality of life. We breathe more toxic air.
With more people, we accelerate catastrophic climate change. We never solve it. We make everything worse for our kids.
What would solve it? Answer: “Golden Population Stabilization Policy…Golden Stop Growth Policy…Golden Quality of Life Policy.”
Because in the end, when there is no more space to build, we will be forced to stop growing, anyway. Why not stop now?
Frosty Wooldridge, Golden