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Park City Leadership Class Reports On City Tour

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Park City’s Road Tour has returned from Crested Butte, Colorado, and those who made the trip—local residents and members of the Park City Leadership class—are mulling over their impressions from the trip.

The tour included 30 members of the Leadership Class, led by program founder Myles Rademan.

One of the groups, rancher Gregg Simonds, said that while Crested Butte is also a mountain resort town, it also has some differences. A large percentage of the land there is owned by the government.

“And it was real mountains, Rocky Mountain High mountains,” Simonds said. “And the town was basically taken over by a bunch of hippies, including Myles, in the 1970’s. And so, it’s cherry-stemmed, back into nowhere. Real-estate appreciation didn’t hit it as hard and fast as post-Olympics that it did to us.”

Another class member, Emily Quinn Loughlin, works for the Park City/Summit County Arts Council. Some of her takeaway ideas involve art and recreation.

“I definitely really admired the way that they have put a lot of money in, in just a very small town into their incredible arts center,” Loughlin continued. “I mean, it’s state-of-the-art. What we were learning about the acoustics, and the different things they used to build that was amazing. And they had also a partner space on their Main Street where they have an artist in residence. So, when we’re looking at the new Arts District, and ways of creating spaces that function for the community. I think they, even though they’re smaller than us, are definitely showing some great leadership in that area.”

And Enrique Sanchez was a member of Leadership last year. This year, he traveled as a staffer for the city, in the Police and Budget departments. He looked at affordable housing.

“They kind of do deed restrictions,” Sanchez explained. “They make those who are building new homes, build kind of a smaller home close to their home. That kind of forces them to rent that out to a local, long-term, which we found really amazing. I have to look into more detail into that. But yeah, that was awesome because if you want to bring up your own home, the city kind of forces you to build the smaller home nearby so that they’re your neighbors, and you kind of have a local living with you in your neighborhood.”

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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