Trip to ‘real
world’ is overdue
Valley Mayor Dave Wilson and the Sun Valley City Council minus one were
off to Aspen, Colo., this week.
about time they went.
they’re being criticized by lame-duck Councilwomen Linda O’Shea for
spending taxpayer money at a time when the economy threatens to put the
squeeze on Sun Valley’s budget.
went anyway — as they should have.
is no pleasure cruise. Along with looking at Aspen’s cultural
facilities, the group will meet with city leaders to talk about parking,
transportation and affordable housing¾ all hot-button topics in the Wood
council has been crippled for years because it refused to seek out lessons
already learned in other mountain ski towns. Studying the experiences of
towns that have already traveled the bumpy road called Growth gives local
officials a chance to adapt the best ideas and avoid the worst mistakes.
knows this because she is the single official in Sun Valley who ever
completed a study trip to other mountain resorts.
without the information that can be gleaned from such a trip is to govern
deaf and blind. Every problem is new and solutions scarce.
time Sun Valley city leaders emerged from their hermetically sealed
borders and ventured outside to see what’s happening out there in the