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Wild Idea One of wildlife overpasses in Banff National Park. Photo by Western Transportation Institute



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Clevenger also suggested a secondary motive for perforating highways to allow safe passage by animals.

"The road network, and all the luxuries it affords, is a remarkable societal and engineering achievement," he said. "But unless we, as a society, figure out a way to lessen its impact on wildlife and wild processes - the relevance of that achievement is diminished."

In recent years, experiments in reducing vehicle-wildlife collisions have also been conducted east of Durango, Colo., and south of Jackson, Wyo.


The lived-in look

JACKSON, Wyo. - Jackson continues to talk about what its famous downtown district should look like beyond the well-known gateways of antlers in the town square. What planning commissioners seem to agree upon is that they want a place that is more fully lived in, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

"Planning commissioners say they want to see buildings and businesses in town whose liveliness is indicated by lit rooms at night, and they want a community that fosters interaction between visitors and year-round residents."

This used to be called mixed-use development, although the phrase of late has been adulterated to mean pretty much whatever anybody wants it to mean.

But whatever you call it, not everybody in Jackson agrees with this drift of thinking. Save Historic Jackson Hole, an organization, contends that many of the ideas are not rooted in hard data.


Aspen hoping seeds bear fruit

ASPEN, Colo. - With real estate sales this past year jerking like a fast-moving car downshifted from high into granny gear, Aspen's city leaders decided to allocate $200,000 to be used as seed money for ideas that can draw tourists.

The ideas have been winnowed to the top 10, reports The Aspen Times. They include a curling tournament in September, as curling clubs apparently have a loyal following and teams would travel from across the country. Very different would be a singles event, modeled after Gay Ski Week. Yet another idea is a Winter Family Weekend, to be held the week before the People-Gone-Crazy X Games.

Among the more exotic ideas in the list is a singer/songwriter festival, in which struggling and established artists would be invited to participate in an outdoor festival. Think of a grassroots-level Austin City Limits.

Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland said that big ideas sometimes start with just a little bit of seed money. For example, the Food & Wind Classic several decades ago was seeded with just a $5,000 grant - and now is one of the biggest, most lucrative events of the year. It is held in June.