Letters to the Editor, July 3-6, 2010 - The Park Record

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There has been much written recently about the defaulting of Premier Resorts , both pro and con. Read more
Steven A Swanson

West Jordan, UT

#1 Jul 20, 2010
Sweeney Land

Well – we are all on the edge of our seats, now that the Brothers Sweeney may or may not have landed the biggest fish of all – The Ritz Carlton, the ultimate ‘Big-Box Retailer’ of luxury resort hotels. Oh – Happy Day! Parkites, local business owners and workaday blue-collar types, for our economic future is now guaranteed.

‘Trickle-up’ economics will guide the negotiated destruction of Treasure Hill, extraction of enough of its priceless intrinsic value (read: historic context, watershed, habitat, location/ viewshed, and access to recreation and services) in order to gain approval and financing for a development that would make The Montage look like a quaint B&B in comparison. At some future date, and after being built with outside financing and workforce, on the backs of local residents and against their will, the hotel will open and the ‘Glitterati’ will soon flock here in droves, tossing tens and twenties to their valets, drivers and personal shoppers, and looking for ways to stimulate the local economy, without actually interacting with the public.

Let’s get real, citizens, and understand that our town’s chapter of domination by extractive industries has come to a close, and that our future truly lies in a balanced, vibrant economy based on green, sustainable industries and good urban design.
Steven A Swanson

West Jordan, UT

#2 Jul 20, 2010
Sweeney Land

Well we are all on the edge of our seats, now that the Brothers Sweeney may or may not have landed the biggest fish of all The Ritz Carlton, the ultimate Big-Box Retailer of luxury resort hotels. Oh Happy Day! Parkites, local business owners and workaday blue-collar types, for our economic future is now guaranteed.

Trickle-up economics will guide the negotiated destruction of Treasure Hill, extraction of enough of its priceless intrinsic value (read: historic context, watershed, habitat, location/ viewshed, and access to recreation and services) in order to gain approval and financing for a development that would make The Montage look like a quaint B&B in comparison. At some future date, and after being built with outside financing and workforce, on the backs of local residents and against their will, the hotel will open and the Glitterati will soon flock here in droves, tossing tens and twenties to their valets, drivers and personal shoppers, and looking for ways to stimulate the local economy, without actually interacting with the public.

Lets get real, citizens, and understand that our towns chapter of domination by extractive industries has come to a close, and our future truly lies in a balanced, vibrant economy based on green industries and good urban design

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