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Old 04-30-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: New York, NY on the west bank of the East River
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This is why you need big box stores and not just a Main St.! Hopefully nobody needs to go shopping for awhile.
If that is the best justification for putting up those ridiculous stores, then I've been right all along thinking it was overkill how many of those things they build. Saddens me that people would rather go shop in a Walmart than in a beautiful, historic building in the downtown of a beautiful, historic town in a totally gorgeous state. What is wrong with everyone? You would rather shop at a faceless Walmart than a place like that?!

And the idea that you "need" Walmart should be quite humorous to most Vermonters. Or even better, trying telling Alaskans who live in the bush that they need Walmart. You'd get laughed out of there so fast you wouldn't have a chance to protest. Hopefully your mentality will stay where it is and not infect every state in the country.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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This is why you need big box stores and not just a Main St.! Hopefully nobody needs to go shopping for awhile.
It's those big box stores which can sometimes kill a Main St. Many downtowns where I live died when shopping malls and big box stores came to town. It would be nice to see the Brooks House restored, local businesses reopen and affordable apartment housing returned to local residents.
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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It's those big box stores which can sometimes kill a Main St. Many downtowns where I live died when shopping malls and big box stores came to town. It would be nice to see the Brooks House restored, local businesses reopen and affordable apartment housing returned to local residents.
From what I have read, one business, a restaurant, is closing for good. A second business owner is going to focus on her mail-order business. A third business, a hair-salon, has joined with another salon in town, and this arrangement, I think, will be permanent. A few others plan to relocate, although I don't know if their relocations are permanent or temporary.

The Walmart across the river is no longer as convenient as it was. It used to be within walking distance of downtown. Now it has become a superstore, but it is several miles away. People without cars are now less likely to go there.

The owner of the Brooks House plans to restore and renovate the building.

BTW, although the back of the building looks burned out, it looks almost normal in the front, and Main Street looks almost normal - unless you look at the burned-out "penthouse" on top, or at the display windows and boarded doors of the ground-floor businesses. But the storefronts are covered by an awning-like tarp. There is a path under the tarp, so the sidewalk is not blocked.

Maybe things have changed since I was last on Main Street. Things have changed rapidly over there.

What is heartening, though, is that the townspeople are really coming together to help the displaced residents and business owners.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:41 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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The Walmart across the river is no longer as convenient as it was. It used to be within walking distance of downtown. Now it has become a superstore, but it is several miles away. People without cars are now less likely to go there.
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I didn't know that. Still on the way to Hinsdale or on Rte 9?
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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The new Walmart is off the same road (I think Brattleboro Road), just a few miles down the road towards downtown Hinsdale. The sign is visible from the road, just like with the old store.

It's a superstore and it's huge. The appearance is similar to that of the old store, except that it is much bigger.

The problem is that it's not as convenient as the old store. The old store was just a stone's throw from the bridge. You could walk there from downtown Brattleboro. The new store is about 3 miles beyond that. So people who do not have cars are out of luck. Maybe a local bus will go there.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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The new Walmart is off the same road (I think Brattleboro Road), just a few miles down the road towards downtown Hinsdale. The sign is visible from the road, just like with the old store.

It's a superstore and it's huge. The appearance is similar to that of the old store, except that it is much bigger.

The problem is that it's not as convenient as the old store. The old store was just a stone's throw from the bridge. You could walk there from downtown Brattleboro. The new store is about 3 miles beyond that. So people who do not have cars are out of luck. Maybe a local bus will go there.
I don't know. I loved living in downtown bratt. I could walk to everything I needed without having to cross the bridge to Wal Mart. I think i went twice but that was probably just because I was walking back from Wantastiquet.
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