After spending the semester researching the environmental history and land-citizen relationship of the suburbs of Applewood, Colorado, many conclusions have seemed to unfold in respects to the present day Rezoning/Redevelopment debate between Molson/Coors and the community of Applewood. The largest of which, revolved around the changing role the Coors brewing factory played in the community of Applewood as they merged with the industrial brewing powerhouse, Molson, in 2005. Molson’s immediate goal was to build his global business and he in turn neglected to reflect on the Brewery-Community relationship that had been established over 100 years earlier. There had been a symbiotic relationship between the brewery and Applewood where the Coors family had assisted in the development of the Golden Valley and foothills as well as providing jobs and a consistent water source for the inhabitants since the 1800’s.
In Leopold’s eyes, Adolph Coors possessed a land ethic that allowed the Golden Community to flourish as he cared for his assets (land, water, and resources) as a farmer would care for his fields. This land ethic evolved as the asset ownership transferred from Coors to Molson, a non native of Golden, who viewed his “farm” as commodities to be sold as a means to improve their global beer business without regard of the sentimental importance open space meant in the Applewood community. If Molson had embodied more of the ideals that Coors set forth when opening his brewery and assisting in the development Golden, the Molson Coors v. Applewood debate may have ended quite differently.
One of the aspects of this project I enjoyed the most was working closely and bouncing ideas off of our group members. Kurt and I began our projects with very similar places and after we both delved into the history of the land as well as the history of its inhabitants, we seemed to develop a very similar understanding of what Applewoood was all about. However, when it came time to synthesize all of our research, we developed very different Place Projects. Kurt focused more on a creative approach to tell the tale of Golden and I took a more analytical approach, synthesizing primary sources and historical papers. This allowed us to play off of eachother’s approaches to tell the story from two perspectives and incorporate both writing styles into the final report. I believe this had the most positive influence on my project as it motivated me to observe my place from different perspectives improved the quality of my analysis.
All around I really enjoyed this project as well as learning how to use the wordpress software. I intend to continue to update my blog as the rezoning debate progresses!
The End… so far