Certainly, many Payson residents care how our town looks. And, it depends on where you stand.
It looks pretty fancy standing in Chaparral Pines or the Rim Club. Not so fine just west of the water department.
Certainly we have industrial areas, commercial areas and everything in the middle. Building restrictions and codes are very important when it comes to building safe, and well-built permanent structures. All buildings should meet structural codes.
The better we build the better our community will be in the long run. When ordinances wander into the realm of design and aesthetics everyone has a position. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. In fact, the new library is a metal building.
If P.F. Changs wanted to build a restaurant in Payson, would we turn them down because is wasn't Western looking enough?
What if a Western art museum wanted to build in town with Richard Meier the architect -- the design modern like the Getty, all metal and stone. What would we do?
Well, excellence in art, architecture and construction don't necessarily come in "materials compatible with small mountain communities."
How about a suggestion toward that goal rather than a group who will surely get all tangled about what we want. Let's instead be the Western town that kept the Western idea of letting folks do what they want.
Bob Breen, Payson