Susan Robbins: Why rise up against music in a busy neighborhood?

Susan Robbins: Why rise up against music in a busy neighborhood?

This comment was written by Burlington resident Susan Robbins.

Regarding Laura Waters’ August 2nd comment: Definitely a bold move to try to connect a music concert venue opening in a commercial industrial park with global destruction and ecological collapse, from a recent Higher Ground opinion piece coming to the South End Burlington. She neglected to mention the coming zombie apocalypse.

We in the south end of Burlington have been listening to the loud and increasingly hysterical complaining of a small group for quite some time now. It’s puzzling that people choose to live near noisy three-shift factories with trains, semi-tractor trailers and buses rumbling by on a regular basis, along with hundreds of employees commuting but standing up against the music.

Whether it’s a music venue or another late-night factory, it doesn’t seem like it should cause so much anger and controversy.

It wasn’t that long ago that a similarly blighted subdivision went up, making a strong case for the dire problems a grocery store (!) would bring to our neighborhood. It boggles the mind that people would complain about traffic, noise or other associated issues when these highly desirable businesses are so welcomed by most residents and contribute so much to our quality of life.

Increased traffic is a small price to pay for these amenities that others work hard to attract to their communities. There are many of us who drive less because we can now walk or bike to so many desirable neighborhood attractions.

Burton is a beloved Vermont institution. So is Higher Ground. The city market is a long-standing asset of our community. We live near lakes and parks because we love to play or swim or hike, to have fun amid the noise and music from outdoor concerts, nearby breweries, and the park.

Of course, it’s not just unicorns and roses. Fireworks can be disturbing and late night summer revelers are sometimes loud, and it would be so nice if the factories were replaced by yoga retreats and gardens. This is lake life past the factories, tractor trailers, traffic and noisy businesses that were here before us. We don’t like their presence, but we understood that when we decided to move here we had to live with these less desirable and sometimes annoying aspects of this highly desirable community.

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