Barre Urban Renewal, 1966
In the mid-1960s, some residents of Barre noticed physical decline in the middle of their city. With federal money as an inducement, a commission proposed an urban renewal plan for the area bounded by Elm and Cottage Streets, North Main and Summer Streets. A campaign to gain local approval of the project ensued. The Leahy Library’s collection includes a promotional brochure and a newsletter from that effort. We also have a slide show that depicted current conditions (good and bad), showed how existing storefronts could be improved, and put forth an aggressive development plan. The plan was never implemented, but today planners are once again looking at some of the same areas for redevelopment, although on a much more limited scale.