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.
Vermont has numerous historic assets to preserve and protect including Vermont’s downtowns and village centers; and the conservation of its rural landscape. Paul Bruhn, Executive Director of the Preservation Trust of VT, joins Newsmakers.