Paula Cooper Black: ‘We made room for you’
To my fellow citizens:
“We made room for you.” This is one of the things I will always remember Hazie Werner saying as we made a fuss every time a new stoplight went in downtown.
Today, there are some of my peers who would happily close the gates on Rabbit Ears and never allow another person to move into Steamboat Springs. But, I think they have forgotten who we are.
All of the things that drew all of us to this amazing place are still the draw for many of the young people who live here. And, I’m glad they’re here. We aren’t like some of our fellow ski towns. We still have a young, vibrant community full of young families. People are able to live near where they work, and we are a better community for it.
I’m worried we’re trying to throw it all away.
If we turn away Brynn-Grey — a developer with a proven track record of building accessible family housing for locals in other ski towns — we risk never developing West Steamboat with the kind of locals housing we designated that area for over a decade ago.
Who is going to come in the door behind Brynn-Grey and try to build if the annexation ordinance is overturned? What will happen if we send the message that Steamboat Springs is closed for business? Nothing good.
I, for one, am glad we have a middle class, a workforce and the young people who make them up. I want young people to have the same opportunity I had to build a life, a family and contribute to the vibrancy that makes this such a special place.
That’s why I support Steamboat Springs City Council’s decision to annex the land for the West Steamboat Neighborhoods into Steamboat. I’m not signing the petition, and if you agree, then I hope you won’t either.
Paula Cooper Black
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