The 'Paradox Of Development': Vermont's Tensions Between People, Land And Progress
It's an issue the Green Mountain State has grappled with for generations: how can Vermont develop its economy and attract new workers without losing the qualities that make Vermont, well, Vermont? We're talking about this "paradox of development," how Vermont has attempted to answer these questions in the past, and what that history can teach communities in Vermont today.Paul Searls, history professor at NVU-Lyndon, explores this paradox in his new book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century.
He joins Vermont Edition to discuss efforts in the past to engineer both Vermont's natural and human landscape, how shifting economies away from agriculture toward emphasizing tourism and outdoor recreation affected the people in (and those drawn to) the state, the tension between development and tradition, and ways Vermont communities today can weigh the benefits and drawbacks of change.
This summer, The Vermont Historical Society is partnering with the Vermont Department of Libraries for a series of community conversations on development and progress. Upcoming dates include:
- Wednesday, Aug. 28: Bennington Free Library, Bennington, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug, 29: Peacham Library, Peacham, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 17: Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Broadcast live on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.