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Burlington, Vermont: The West Coast of New England

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Published on Dec 27, 2010

Burlington, Vermont is one of the best examples in the Northeastern United States of successful urban planning and downtown redevelopment.

In the late 1970s and the early 1980s, under Mayors Gordon Paquette and Bernie Sanders, the city underwent a dramatic economic transformation from a depressed post-industrialized mill town into a bastion of tourism and high-tech commerce.

Today, the Church Street Marketplace is the centerpiece of Burlington's downtown district and was constructed in three phases - in 1981, 1994, and 2004. The Burlington Town Center (formerly the Burlington Square Mall) opened in 1978 and has been one of the only successful urban enclosed malls in the nation.

(Burlington, Vermont, VT, Church Street Marketplace, City Hall Park, Flynn Theatre/Center for the Performing Arts, Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington Criterium, Bike Race, Lake Champlain, Urban Planning, Economic Redevelopment, Bernie Sanders, Gordon Paquette)

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