Church St, Burlington, VT

Church ST Burlington VT


In 1962 architecture student Bill Truex experienced the transformation of Stroget, Copenhagen’s main shopping –from "traffic-snarled nightmare” to successful pedestrian mall. Seven years later, as chair of the Burlington Planning Commissioner, Truex enlisted the support of Pat Robins, chair of the Street Commission, to promote the idea of turning Church Street into an inviting pedestrian district. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and his chief of staff, Paul Bruhn, secured a federal grant and Burlington voters, with support from Mayor Gordon Paquette, passed a bond for the city's share of construction costs.

Church Street’s two middle blocks (between College & Cherry) were officially closed to traffic on July 7, 1980. The Church Street Marketplace, which opened on September 15, 1981, has been described as the "gem in the crown" of the Queen City of Burlington.

In 1994, the Church Street’s top block (between Cherry and Pearl Streets) was closed to vehicular traffic and resurfaced with brick. In 2005, City Hall Block (between Main and College) was the final block to be closed to vehicles and resurfaced with brick.

The Church Street Marketplace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been designated as one of America’s Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association.

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