Dear President Obama,
Me again. When you sign the stimulus bill at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, I hope you’ll be reminded of some the successes of the New Deal in Colorado. Here are a few to contemplate.
The construction of U.S. 6 over Vail Pass was part of the New Deal. It paved the way for I-70 as part of the east-west interstate highway system through Colorado. Great for commerce in the west.
Significant parts of the Winter Park Ski Area were built from New Deal programs. Winter Park is still going strong, providing employment for thousands and recreation for people from all over the country. Full disclosure: I learned to ski at Winter Park, so it has a special place in my heart.
New runways at the old Stapleton airport were built from the New Deal, establishing Denver the major air transportation hub in the Rocky Mountain west. Again, great for commerce in the west.
Fitzsimons Army Hospital built its largest facility with the help of the New Deal. Fitzsimons was closed in 1999, but in those years treated tens of thousands of veterans, including President Eisenhower when he suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver. Oh, and your buddy John Kerry was born there.
The Civilian Conservation Corps built the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It’s been going strong ever since. The Beatles played there in 1964, U2 in 1983 and was a regular stop on the Grateful Dead’s summer tour. They host a non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service every Easter. It’s a beautiful place. If you’ve never been there check it out next time you’re in town.
So there’s a short list of some of the New Deal’s long lasting successes in Colorado you may want to ponder when you’re signing the stimulus bill in Denver.
Always glad to help,