If Wal-Mart built appropriate scaled stores in downtowns, we all would benefit. Consumers would have access to the nation's largest retailer. We would have a healthy mix of locally owned stores and national chains. Downtowns would be reinvigorated. The trend toward sprawl into the countryside would be reversed. Communities would maintain their tax base. Retail jobs will not be lost.
2011 Interview by Fran Stoddard, Vermont PBS Web Extra
Although there are a great many antecedents, the Community Supported Enterprise phenomenon seems to have blossomed in the last few years.
If, at the end of the day, Vermont begins to look and feel more like the rest of the nation we will undermine our future -- economic and otherwise.