Aspen’s Past Lives in Crested Butte

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Greetings from Crested Butte!

I just read an interesting opinion piece from Aspen Times writer Tony Vagneur: Aspen’s Past Lives in Crested Butte. Tony visited our town recently – for the first time – and he drew many parallels between Crested Butte today and Aspen 50 years ago. Crested Butte is experiencing an incredible surge in tourism and real estate investment causing many year round locals and 2nd homeowners alike to pause and wonder what our future holds. Crested Butte has done a lot of no-growth policy making over the years but it seems to me the more we’ve tried to stop it the more attractive we’ve become. Exclusivity does this. People want a piece of something special and right now the world is catching on to what has been created here. In some ways, we’ve already become a “mini-Aspen”.

Tony writes: “Crested Butte, the original town, is like any other mountain locale in that it must somehow find a way to keep its identity in the midst of rising popularity and growth. For now, it’s a wonderful slice from the past, a brand that says, “This is how we want to be.” There is a palpable fear among many of the residents that the Butte may one day become like Aspen.”

“That could happen, and may I say without blushing that Crested Butte is very similar to Aspen 50 or 60 years ago. Take a stroll down any street in town — there aren’t that many — and Aspen’s past jumps out at you. Wide residential streets with plenty of parking, dirt shoulders without sidewalks, and city lots considerably larger than the relatively small houses that sit on them. No lot-line-to-lot-line nonsense.”

Read the entire article at the Aspen Times.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer season!

Channing Boucher
Broker Associate
Crested Butte | Sothebys International Realty
401 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte CO 81224

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