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Re: “Cripple Creek's not feeling the Amendment 50 love

Cripple Creek finance director Paul Harris is completely wrong in his declaration that "Black Hawk has ignored state laws mandating historic preservation in gambling towns". Perhaps Mr. Harris would like to refresh his memory by visiting the Denver Public Library's Western History photographic collection (available online) and see for himself the state of Black Hawk prior to gaming.
Is he referring to our "historic" mobile home park that was moved? Is he referring to the burned out shell of the Gilpin Hotel that was resurrected? Maybe it was the "historic" shower/laundry facility that should have been preserved? Or possibly it was our dirt Main Street that was a dusty pothole filled mess in the summer and a mud slick in the winter that shouldn't have been paved?
I would suggest that Mr. Harris revisit the use of "districts" and see that our Ameristar Hotel is not located within the historic nor the gaming districts and is therefore completely appropriate for its location.
In Black Hawk we have worked diligently to restore, rehabilitate and preserve our remaining stock of historic properties of which some 75% are residential. We have restored historic properties, both residential and commercial, that any reasonable person would have suggested be beyond preservation. But, we did it, and will continue to do so. Those buildings will now be available for future generations where they wouldn't have been, without gaming and a strong city council and Mayor who are dedicated to preservation.
I would suggest to Mr. Harris and everyone to visit Black Hawk to see what we have done to bring our City back to life, from infrastructure to rehabilitation it's all there to see.
In the mean time, for Mr. Harris to lay their financial woes at the City of Black Hawk's door is simply sour grapes on his part. Perhaps if Cripple Creek looked more to it's incredibly high device fees and apparent lack of economic stimulus they might find a better approach in attracting additional businesses and revenue streams than blaming others for their poor economy.

Greg Moates
City of Black Hawk

Posted by GregMoates on 06/04/2010 at 9:36 AM

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