Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Winooski's Dome

Several years ago I lived in Winooski, Vermont for awhile, a nice little town just across the Winooski River from Burlington.

It was a charming little town, and cold. Perhaps it was because we couldn't afford much heat that winter. Anyway, today I was reading the 2009 Old Farmer's Almanac, and saw a reference to a proposed dome over Winooski.

It turns out that in the last '70s the town was seriously considering placing a 200 ft high dome over 850 city acres. They obtained some preliminary grants, and did a lot of planning, but then the Reagan administration came along and put an end to all of that.

It was probably a dumb idea, but visionary. In fact, it was a dumb idea. Half the charm of Vermont is its deep winter cold. If you're not up for that, you're probably not up for Vermont.

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