Imagine what Rob Bleiberg calls a "rubber tomahawk emporium" selling kitschy tourist trinkets where South Camp meets Monument Road south of Grand Junction.
Such an enterprise isn't unheard of in that kind of location — near the entrance to a National Park Service property. If one existed there, it wouldn't mesh with what the Monument Road corridor has become — a haven for trails, recreation and open space.
We take for granted that the corridor is an important playground. We treat it as if it always existed or was somehow destined to become what it is.