Day Trip to Brattleboro, VT

kz1000ps

Senior Member
Joined
May 28, 2006
Messages
8,740
Reaction score
9,601
So I Made a little trip up to Brattleboro during one of those rainy days last week. I lived here from my earliest memories on up to age eight and it's always nice to go back and see what long-buried childhood memories I can dig up; I don't do it nearly enough.

Immediately as we got off I-91 we were confronted by gridlock which never would've happened back in my day, and I commented to my girl something along the lines of "dang I guess my little city has grown up!" But as it turned out there was a standoff(!) in progress that we got to just drive by and gawk at:

8811158514_7a2fcedb51_b.jpg


Welcome to Brattleboro I guess! Anyway here's a bunch of decidedly less exciting scenic shots.

8838406989_c24153c461_b.jpg


Main Street:

8838402101_e3ab650a8e_b.jpg


8839027768_4f8020ff92_b.jpg


8839021454_dc0d927852_b.jpg


8839011706_e3c591905f_b.jpg


8838976010_74b01bc025_b.jpg


8838340105_897932b470_b.jpg


8839005304_035da14bcc_b.jpg


8838278171_243d771a07_b.jpg


8838966876_2e9f8dc2bc_b.jpg


8838318689_475132761a_b.jpg


8838326225_aee0f55579_b.jpg


8838932710_d0a18086c2_b.jpg


8838386039_e8e869e6e4_b.jpg


8838928742_ff2923c4ec_b.jpg


8838284899_e31eeba94b_b.jpg


8838982092_7fd18b31a0_b.jpg


8838987272_67ca5b28e0_b.jpg


This building:

8838361687_a7c246016e_b.jpg


Looked like this after Hurricane Irene (Brattleboro was one of the harder hit areas):

Collapsing-house-in-Brattleboro-after-Irene-Photo-by-Acorn.jpg


8839002468_20dd27e88a_b.jpg


8838366889_d9722fe9d8_b.jpg


8838274275_db00074bfb_b.jpg


8838252971_04966f3385_b.jpg


8838878200_44a3f1de94_b.jpg


8838867108_8f4c949a94_b.jpg


8838241209_11a47f779d_b.jpg


8838229637_d37116b310_b.jpg


8838224061_4971d8c5c5_b.jpg


8838840586_449bbb06a7_b.jpg


More Irene damage...a bridge used to sit there:

8838833624_e16f2566c0_b.jpg


8838825146_ffacd4411b_b.jpg


8838815060_98510ca403_b.jpg


8838189741_c5ac2e7584_b.jpg
 
I'm a sucker for these dense little downtown blips dotting Vermont. Brattleboro is one city I hope to visit at some point, along with a slew of others. Thank you for sharing!
 
I've always wondered - are the brick mid-rises in these small New England town centers ever actually occupied as apartments or condos? Or are these fairly dense-looking downtowns just essentially business districts?
 
Great pics - I really enjoyed visiting that town when I passed through there a few years back.
 
I've always wondered - are the brick mid-rises in these small New England town centers ever actually occupied as apartments or condos? Or are these fairly dense-looking downtowns just essentially business districts?

A lot of them are offices, I think, just like a big city downtown.

The most surreal thing about these pics are the dense streets where you can look up and see equally dense stands of trees on the hills/mountains ascending into fog.
 
Hey I was just in Brattleboro a week or two ago. Great little city, although we were only there a few hours (most of which was spent at the architectural salvage place just outside the city). I really liked the new building they put up for the coop. I only got a couple of shots from the back because it started to rain.


The panorama function on my phone is kind of buggy...


It's incredible how much visible damage there still is up there after Irene. It seemed like half the bridges we crossed were brand new, not to mention the landslides and debris along the rivers.
 
Brattleboro is Cambridge in miniature. Lots of coffee shops, cafes, bookstores, and restaurants stuffed into a few blocks and a great location perched above the CT river. Sam's is an extensive outdoors store that is laid out like a rabbit warren with lots of levels, nooks, and crannies. I've stayed at the Latchis a couple of times, nice place.

The co-op is a good example (the parking lot is a little too big though) of new construction playing well with older buildings. It's modest modernism is just right and far more preferable than the 19th century caricature that could all too easily have been built instead.
 
I haven't been there in a few years, but I remember liking how all of the traditional elements of a downtown were right there, all a short walk from each other: a hotel, a movie theatre, at least one department store, lots of bookstores, restaurants, etc.
 
Yes, it's managed to survive decentralization better than the vast majority of towns out there. Case in point, the only multiplex theatre just folded, leaving downtown's historic Latchis Theatre (the one you would've passed by, Ron) as the only show in town. It's a great little burg and the people there know it and stay active in keeping it that way.
 
My recollection is that the Latchis is now a multiplex, though a small one (3 screens? maybe 4?)
 
Yes you are correct, Ron. I don't think of it as one because back when I went there (1980s) it was a single screen, but it has branched out and it did add a fourth screen just a few years ago. Good for them for expanding within their footprint without doing any harm to the original auditorium space (which is a true atmospheric riot).
 
This seems to be happening in a lot of towns and small cities. Large corporations killing off suburban-style big box branches because they're not the most profitable or going belly-up thanks to internet competition; small bookstores and cinemas revitalizing in the town center. Call it organic sprawl repair.
 

Back
Top