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The noise and the hurry

Editor’s note: Only three cups of coffee were involved.

RE: “Downtown housing since the ’70s” [Letters, May. 30]:

Defending in an editor’s note your reporter’s assertion that the Elliot Street high rise is not technically downtown must have been a notion that occurred with the sixth cup of coffee and five minutes before going to press. A factual correction by “sources,” no less.

Technically, the reporter wrote “downtown.” The official zoning map indicates an Urban Center. The high rise is well within that. There is no official downtown as such.

There is, however, a smaller overlay called the Downtown Historical District. However, the Flat Street building is being built on a property that is not in the Historic District. Empty lots were not included.

But wait! The new building planned on Flat Street has one commercial space on the first floor. It isn’t, in fact, exclusively dedicated to housing.

And if that is too picky, then we must take note that the Brattleboro Food Co-op is a new building — also with one commercial space and an almost identical number of apartments.

Interestingly, both properties are in the Urban District but not themselves in the Historic District. However, both properties abut a property in the Historic District, so neither can possibly be closer to it than the other.

At any rate, sources tell me that of the 846,212 people familiar with Brattleboro, only two do not consider the high rise to be located downtown.

Ask your sources if the parking garage is downtown.

Spoon Agave
Brattleboro

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Bev Matias (Connecticut, US) says...

Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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Janet (Venice, Florida, US) says...

You nailed it perfectly.

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banar Singleton (Michigan, US) says...

Spot on...thank you for challenging those who would blanketly dismiss your opinion/facts to do their own \"facts checking\". Unfortunately I fear many if not most of these sheep will be lead to slaughter thinking that they are going to the trough.

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Scott says...

Foreign hand on the scale isn’t an unbiased conclusion. You argument might be more forceful without highlighting this issue.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #462 (Wednesday, June 6, 2018). This story appeared on page D2.

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