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Winooski, VT, nominated as the first Strong Town

On a recent trip over to Burlington, VT, I discovered a whole new urban residential area recently constructed in Winooski, VT, just two miles over the hill from downtown Burlington. There are seven new multi story buildings in one compact area with perhaps 400 to 600 new apartments or condos, and they are exactly what the New Urbanists would want to see. The locaion is 44.4903,-73.1842 on any of the internet maps, but you will find that the Google and Yahoo maps are more up to date than Bing maps, plus Google maps have the advantage of their streetview.

The population of Winooski increased from 6,561 in 2000 to a reported 7,267in 2010, for an increase of roughly 12%, and has probably increased another 3 or 4 percent since then, due to the amount of new housing recently completed. The city has a land area of only 1.5 square miles so the total length of streets and other utilities is relatively low compared to the growing tax base. Winooski is therefore unlikely to suffer the same financial squeeze as most suburban areas. In other words, Winooski may be one of the first good examples of a Strong Town.

Furthermore, it should be easy for a family to live there with only one car. Downtown Winooski is on a CCTA bus line into the city of Burlington, with about 47 trips per day on weekdays, and about half that number on Saturdays and Sundays. And it is only about two miles to the airport, easily done by bicycle in good weather.

Are there any other nominations for the title of first Strong Town in the US?

 

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