Estes Park economy needs to diversify

The inset is outside of Kind Coffee on last Friday, Sept. 13, and this Wednesday morning as the new interior after $70,000 worth of restoration. Read more
Jake

Denver, CO

#1 Mar 14, 2014
With a flood like that, it doesn't matter how diversify you are....you are going to have problems.
Tom H

Denver, CO

#2 Mar 14, 2014
Agreed.
Why is "The Great Flood" such an easy excuse for development? It hurt, but, look at the way we are overcoming. Tourism is coming back, to support Estes. And the tourists say,"we come back year after year", "we love Estes Park, we wish we could live here"...
Diversify,yes, just carefully. Lets not misplace what we are, and always have been. A Japanese proverb; "Don't lose the Pearl in your hand gazing at the Moon"
Owen K

Lincoln, NE

#3 Mar 14, 2014
How would the effects of a flood the size of this one, be any different for a wellness center, or a performing arts center, or for any other of the above mentioned? If roads are washed out, they are washed out, period. Neither tourists nor anyone else is going to be able to reach Estes for any of the above mentioned projects. These projects are unproven and the economic benefits to Estes are not certain. Be careful lest the development in Estes destroys the reason that people like myself visit several times a year.
Pinewood Resident

Lyons, CO

#4 Mar 15, 2014
It would be a wonderful thing if Estes were to move away from tourism and towards high tech, light manufacturing, and other sustainable businesses that actually pay a living wage. The tourism economy leaves far too many folks struggling to make ends meet, encourages a transient population which does nothing for a sustainable economy and leaves the entire community incredibly vulnerable to the price of gas, the impact of a disaster such as the flood and worst of all, enriches a very few at the expense of so many.
Paul Ryan

Loveland, CO

#5 Mar 16, 2014
Diversity is great --- as long as it's done the white way.
obe wan

Aurora, CO

#6 Mar 17, 2014
I suggest Estes Park start printing its local town signs in Spanish (or Mexican). Plus they should put in on the Red Flagstone signs as you enter Estes Park. Make the illegals and store owners feel more welcome, you know!

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