View Full Version : Entire State of Vermont Becomes Endangered

24-05-04, 20:51
WASHINGTON (May 24) - Famous for its fall foliage, quaint towns and covered bridges, the state of Vermont - and its charm - is threatened by a corporate behemoth, a nonprofit preservation group warned on Monday. The alleged culprit: Wal-Mart.

Because of plans for several new Wal-Mart Supercenters across the state, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the entire state of Vermont on its 2004 list of the most endangered historic places in the United States.

The 10 other sites on the list include Nine Mile Canyon in Utah, with its 10,000 Native American rock-art images; the Ridgewood Ranch in northern California, the home and final resting place of legendary racehorse Seabiscuit; and Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Works steel plant.

Vermont is the only state ever to make the annual list in its entirety.

Richard Moe, president of the trust, said Vermont's ''special magic'' would vanish with the onslaught of the giant stores.

''Vermont is uniquely a state of small towns, and many of these downtowns would be decimated by this,'' Moe said. ''A lot of small businesses just disappear in the face of a huge Wal-Mart.''

Moe fears one giant retail store will attract others to the Green Mountain State. ''It will totally change the character of Vermont over time, and that would be a tragedy,'' he said.

The state is making a rare reappearance on the trust's list. It was first listed back in 1993, when Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart, and the trust worried about impending plans for construction of several stores.

''We're not telling any communities that they shouldn't have a Wal-Mart,'' said Moe. ''We simply want communities to have their eyes wide open when they make these decisions because it's within the ability of a community to affect the location, size and design of these stores.''

One alternative, said Moe, would be to persuade the retailer to build smaller chains in existing buildings that have been abandoned or are otherwise not being used, saving rural landscapes and not having quite the devastating impact that a superstore would have.

AP-NY-05-24-04 1056EDT

25-05-04, 00:12
Guess that is one way to keep WalMart out.

25-05-04, 02:37
So what about for the rest of the country where Wal-Mart's famous "low, low prices" are affecting the economy when other stores are going bankrupt when they cannot compete?

25-05-04, 04:06
The only way Wal-Mart will lose in the long run is to hit them at the source...

25-05-04, 06:01
Good to hear. I hope Vermont is successful.
I said it once here at this forum and I'll say it again....Wal-Mart is an Evil empire. I could on and on about their "evilness".
I'll just say this, for every two jobs created at Wal-Mart, three local jobs are lost. They destroy communities. Bad, evil Wal-Mart! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif

25-05-04, 16:51
And draco what do you think is the source of WalMarts evil power?

25-05-04, 20:35
Well that would have to be their low low prices...

12-06-04, 09:15
Please preserve the characters of those fascinating American landscapes I'd still love to see them! ;)

We don't want to spend our lives in a world-mall.