Before there was a mall, before there was a Macy's, before there was a Hilton, Burlington had Little Italy. Granted the wood framed structures were largely dilapitated, and at times it felt a bit unsafe to walk through it still had a rich history filled with stories. Then the bulldozers of the urban renewal era plowed it all down despite the protests, which there were many. Over a hundred homes and a sprinkling of businesses and shops were all leveled at a rapid clip.
I remember as a kid picking up a broken piece of shiny black marble as a way to hold onto a bit of this Italian neighborhood. Izzo's Market now Deli Radio and Bove's Restaurant are about all that remains. Imagine those that were immigrants that settled there and made this slice of Burlington as a place to call home, saw it all vanish overnight. Today, that is hard to imagine. I grew up a few blocks away in the Old North End, it keeps evolving but never fully gentrifies, perhaps it doesn't have to.
Neighborhoods need to be honored, once lost you can't bring them back. The stories and memories fade as years roll by, soon it will be largely forgotten. There is a historic market in Battery Park to at least call our attention for a few moments back to a place that was once home to hundreds. Now, it's a parking garage and a mall.
Author:David Parsons Phone: 802-922-8768 Dated: June 16th 2014 Views: 233 About David: ...
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