When I first read this email I was quite alarmed that the negative Internet image was rearing its ugly head (again) to the point of affecting our livelihoods. Before I jumped to conclusions, I did a little research and talked to a few people and started to reflect on the bigger picture.
I've been here for 20 years, working this market for 24 years and I still can't quite figure why there is so much negativity in the first place. We live in one of the most picturesque, incredibly dynamic towns offering the best lifestyle imaginable yet we ( I mean this as a town in general) let our egos get the best of us, tend to know it all, have a tendency to focus on the negative versus the positive which creates the negative rhetoric in the first place.
I understand the nimbyism in Telluride, it's human nature yet it's enhanced in Telluride as people tend to be more passionate about everything. In our profession we have to be careful because there is the fine line of loving a place to death and I understand that concern from non real estate professionals. Personally I think Telluride gets better everyday and it’s the balance that makes it so, evidenced by forward thinking in regards to zoning and land planning which we as a community have demonstrated in the past.
Regarding negative comments being posted on blogs in the on-line newspapers, I think that everyone has an opinion and it's fundamentally wrong to censor those who are disgruntled. I think the Daily Planet and the Telluride Watch have done a good job of letting both opinions be heard and we can't expect our newspapers to print only the rosy side of things. What we can affect is how we treat our guests and what impression we leave on those people who decide to visit Telluride and purchase here. If we stand up as a community to be more personal to our guests, they have less to gripe about.
This includes everyone, Telski, the Realtors, the restaurants, the retailers, the grocers, the contractors, the professionals, government employees, the newspapers, you name it. Being nice trumps all else.
I welcome your comments. Thank you.
– Steve Cieciuch