My family moved to Vermont from the city of Chicago 33 years ago. We have lived on Pond Road ever since. We intentionally selected a home in a location in Shelburne that would offer a more rural environment. We continue to enjoy having Pond Road unpaved.
Family members frequently take walks of two to five miles. We never choose to walk north or south on Dorset Street nor west on Irish Hill Road due to the narrow shoulders and the speed of traffic. It is simply not safe to walk on those pavements. Keeping Pond Road unpaved offers those of us living on Pond Road a safe location to enjoy the last vestige of country that still exists in this town.
Folks who don’t live on Pond Road also know and appreciate the qualities of an unpaved Pond Road. They park on or near the road and walk, jog, or bike its length, experiencing the same safe and yes, aesthetic opportunity to get out and enjoy the rural flavor that Pond Road offers, despite the dust and potholes.
Every time I read an opinion piece advocating for paving or think about the consequences of having Pond Road paved, I am reminded of the words to the 70s song by Joni Mitchell: “Don’t it always seem to go, You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Please don’t pave Pond Road.
Susan Kiniry, Shelburne