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Posted: August 01, 2009

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WALKING THE TALK IN HIGHLANDS RANCH

Being a resident in the eastern half of Highlands Ranch, I am pretty offended by your article (“A lovely walk,” Jeff Rundles, July) – lumping the city into a far-flung development and (saying) we could see our property values “plummet” due to its “walkability.”  Having said this, I would assume that you really have not done much research on the amount of parks and open space trails in the area.

In addition, many newer homes are much more energy efficient than older homes, giving them a lower carbon footprint than smaller older homes. I would rather have the larger more efficient home myself if it is offering the same carbon footprint, since so many people seemed concerned with this.

Personally, I think people like to write about this more than they really care about it, since you can only do so much unless you want to be one of those weirdos drying out your paper towels after you use them.
There are a lot of city dwellers that do not like planned developments like Highlands Ranch. But the bottom line is they keep property values up (more than a lot of areas in Denver metro), and they are a great place to raise a family, with top-notch schools and recreation. My house is still worth more than I paid for it four years ago, and I am a five-minute walk through the park and open space to a state-of-the-art recreation center.
—  DAN HARRIS, HIGHLANDS RANCH

NO SPACE FOR THE INCONSIDERATE

As a 40-year advocate of the rights for individuals who are disabled and/or handicapped I can appreciate your experiences (“Handicapped parking spaces,” Pat Wiesner, July).

My 89-year-old mother has her parking card, and part of the enjoyment in going out with her to a restaurant or to the doctor is the general availability of incredibly convenient parking spaces. One thing that sends hackles up and down my spine is when I pull into the parking lot of my local King Soopers and I spot someone sprinting from their car to the store entrance from a “handicapped parking spot.”

The more militant advocates I have known will aggressively “attack” the violator to the point of standing behind the car as it tries to exit the spot while calling for police support to issue a ticket. The number of parking spaces and the fact they are often vacant is a definite annoyance for many people who have not experienced the need for them.

Having been around many people who are quadriplegic yet are able to drive, I can only say that the Herculean effort they have to make to get from point A to point B just to go shopping, to a movie, or a restaurant, let alone a medical appointment is something to behold. 
— DAVID E. HENNINGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BAYAUD ENTERPRISES INC., DENVER

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