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

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

This comment is from Burlington resident Susan Robbins.

Regarding Laura Waters’ August 2 comment: Definitely a bold move to try to link a music venue opening in a commercial industrial park to global destruction and ecological collapse, from a recent Higher Ground opinion piece coming to the south end of Burlington. She failed to mention the looming zombie apocalypse.

We in the south end of Burlington have been listening to the loud and increasingly hysterical complaints of a small group for quite some time. It’s puzzling that people choose to live near noisy three-seater factories with trains, semi-trailers and buses rumbling by regularly, along with hundreds of traveling employees, but rise 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 too long ago that a similar affected subset rose up, declaring strongly against the terrible problems a grocery store (!) would bring to our neighborhood. It is amazing that people would complain about traffic, noise or other associated issues when these highly desirable businesses are so welcomed by the majority of residents and add so much to our quality of life.

Increased traffic is a small price to pay for these amenities that others work so 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. As does Higher Ground. City Market has been a long-standing asset to our community. We live by the lake and parks because we love to play, swim or walk, enjoy the noise and music of outdoor concerts, nearby breweries and the park.

Of course, it’s not all unicorns and roses. Fireworks can be disruptive and late night summer celebrations are sometimes noisy and it would be so nice if the factories were replaced with yoga places and gardens. This is lake life alongside the factories, tractor-trailers, traffic and noisy businesses that were here before us. We don’t love their presence, but we understand that when we decide to move here, we will be living with these less desirable and sometimes annoying aspects of this highly desirable community.

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