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While the leaders of the county profess a desire to make Los Alamos a more desirable “destination,” it strikes me that none of the places to stay have any ambience to make anyone want to spend even a single night.
So I wondered: without any constraints about something already being there, what and where would I put something that I thought would provide the desired asset.
Only one location in the entire town would do in my opinion — the east side of Ashley Pond.
So the current community building would need to go “boom” and be replaced with a curved 4-story hotel with a 2-story restaurant (ground level on the east side) that has a balcony for overlooking the pond and viewing the Jemez Mountains.
Hotel rooms would have west-facing balconies, too. Such a facility would provide peaceful ambience, a chance to relax with a margarita or wine and soak in the natural surroundings of Los Alamos, a central location to amble through the historic region of town, and a place to think about exploring Mother Nature.
Ah, some would say, but it is county land. So is Trinity Site where a 75-year lease has been granted.
If the old Muni building was deemed dispensable on the pond, what is so sacred about the community center?
Along with a hotel, it might be desirable to put a large “concert” pavilion over on the other side of the pond to de-emphasize the presence of the “law.”
Joel M Williams