I care for Durango, particularly my old Durango neighborhood where I have lived for 40 years and wish to live out my life.
Durango is a highly desirable place to live with its downtown historic appearance and with its downtown commercial, professional, legal, governmental and tourist buzz of activity. The college adds to the liveliness, too. Then there are the marvels of the mountains and the rock canyons nearby.
I wish for my son and his family to live their lives out in Durango.
He owns a landscaping, tree service and sprinkler service business, and for his lasting success, he needs growth and building, a revived local economy.
Ive seen much growth in my 40 years of residence, most of it fairly well planned, thanks to the desires of old and new Durangoans who have voted in evolving City Councils and the Planning Departments and commissions they have appointed. We have not had growth and building with abandon, and we have built social services and some affordable housing for the young professionals, craftspeople, artisans and laborers who have made that and future growth possible. We only need more of all that as the economy revives.
Dick White is one of the candidates I see running who seems to realize all this, too. He sees the need for accommodating and spurring the economy with well-planned growth. He sees the need for in-fill in old neighborhoods done in conformity with the neighborhood.
Though he is among the new Durangoans, he cares as I do for Durango and is willing to work hard, rationally and convincingly to keep Durango growing on the path Ive seen these last four decades.
I know Dick White as a neighbor and friend. He is thoughtful, discerning and committed to the community I am proud to be part of.
Reece Kelly, Durango