Riding the Tiger: Town Planning at a Crossroads

Essay by Kenneth Munsell

Growth – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

I SAW GEORGE at the lumber yard a week or so ago. He lives in Roslyn, a nearby small town in the mountains. He moved there perhaps 10 or 15 years ago, bought a house cheap and has survived, perhaps even prospered, since that time. The picturesque, old, coal-mining community fell on hard times after the mines closed in the late 1950s. Many residents even locked their homes and just walked away — who’d want to buy a house there? The town became virtually a ghost town.

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