I dont think that any of the posts regarding resistance to the Dollar General potentially moving in to Fairlee was waxing bucolic about saving our little town. It really was all about keeping more ugly out of it, and perhaps shaping up those buildings and businesses in need of some paint and architectural interest. Thats right, making something that looks shabby not so shabby anymore.
As to the traffic, I can attest to that having lived on route 5 for fourteen years. There IS traffic and sometimes theres A LOT of traffic speeding passed my house easily at more than 50 miles per hour. The posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour. I live on route 5 in the center of Fairlee and I walk, run and bike ride on it and I am certain that something like a Dollar General would generate at least twice as much traffic as there is now. Walking along route 5 when a truck bears down on your back at more than 50 miles per hour is a terrifying experience and more of that will be happening as trucks deliver all those lovely plastic trinkets from China to our Fairlee door step.
I think that those that dont really care about town planning and the future of Fairlee dont really live in town and therefore will never have to lay eyes on another eyesore. Its sort of like saying as long as its not in my back yard then its irrelevant. If I wanted to live next door to a big box store than Id pitch my tent right next to the nearly empty JC Pennys parking lot. Lets face it, if this were happening in Woodstock, Vermont, it would never be an issue because the idea of it would be squashed before it ever left the table. If the proposal was about building a large apartment complex that looked like a condo village, like the one built on Mt. Support Road in Lebanon, then that would be an entirely different argument for or against it. That traffic would be generated by new residents who will also partake of Chapmans, the Whippi Dip, the quilt shop and shopping at Wings. It wouldnt be a speedy drive through that may not generate business to any of the other Fairlee businesses. Thats my point. A Dollar General, or something similar, is not necessarily doing anything good for Fairlee in the long term. Most of us are living here for the long term and will have to live with the consequences.