Susan Robbins: Why stand up to the music in a busy neighborhood?

Susan Robbins: Why stand up to the music in a busy neighborhood?

This comment is from Susan Robbins, a Burlington resident.

Referring to Laura Waters comment of August 2nd: Definitely a bold move to try to link the opening of a music concert hall in a commercial industrial park to global destruction and ecological collapse, from a recent opinion piece on Higher Ground, which appears at the south end of Burlington. She failed to mention the looming zombie apocalypse.

We at the south end of Burlington have been listening to the loud and increasingly hysterical wails of a small group for some time. It’s puzzling that people choose to live near noisy three-shift factories with trains, tractor-trailers and buses passing by regularly, along with hundreds of commuting workers, but rebelling against the music.

Whether it’s a music venue or some other factory operating all night, it doesn’t seem like it’s meant to cause as much trouble and controversy.

Not long ago, a similarly damaged sub-group rose up in strong opposition to the terrible problems that a grocery store (!) would bring to our neighborhood. It is inconceivable that people would complain about traffic, noise or any other related issue when these highly desirable businesses are so welcomed by the majority of residents and contribute so much to our quality of life.

Increased traffic is a small price to pay for those conveniences that others work so hard to lure into their communities. There are many of us who drive less because we can now walk or bike to so many coveted neighborhood attractions.

Burton is a popular Vermont institution. Just like Higher Ground. City Market has been a long-standing asset to our community. We live by the lake and parks because we like to play or swim or hike, have fun amidst the noise and music emanating from outdoor concerts, nearby breweries and the park.

Sure, it’s not just unicorns and roses. Fireworks can be unsettling and revelers can be noisy at times, and it would be so nice if the factories were replaced with yoga retreats and gardens. This is life on the lake alongside the factories, articulated lorries, traffic and noisy shops that were here before us. We don’t love their presence, but we understood that if we chose to move here, we would be living with these less desirable and sometimes bothersome aspects of this highly desirable community.

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