You’re family chose to live in Golden for decades because its lifestyle was consistent with your “heart and soul” values.You know many of your neighbors and have watched their …
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You’re family chose to live in Golden for decades because its lifestyle was consistent with your “heart and soul” values.You know many of your neighbors and have watched their families grow.You’re disturbed however by the increased traffic that resulted from continued development and by the loss of lanes from “traffic calming” projects. The tall 4-unit multiplex that was built next door where the Smiths used to live is a particular rub: Street parking has become difficult, the view is gone, and where once there was light for gardens there now is shade from the multiplex.You wonder which house on your block is next.A developer knocks on your door and offers to buy your modest old house for a price substantially above market.You go to read the fine print, but have to walk to the other side of your yard since the tall multiplex casts a huge shadow.You step over the fruit trees that died from lack of sun.You imagine a neighborhood somewhere in Colorado where the old Golden “heart and soul” still lives; ... maybe Paonia or somewhere on the western slope.You again wonder which house on the block will sell out next.You accept the offer; you cash in; you move out.And so the cancer spreads.Bill Connelly,Golden
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