I Love Vermont

Back in the late 1970s, one town was preparing to dome itself over. Depending on your point of view, it was a great way to score some free money from HUD, or it was the Greenest and boldest plan of all time.

Either way: Only in Vermont. . .

One night in 1979 a group of its creative young city planners went to dinner and Mark Tigan, then the city’s 32-year-old director of community development and planning, decided that not enough attention was being paid to energy conservation. Then, in the way that only a few glasses of wine can facilitate brainstorming, someone said, half tongue-in-cheek, they should put a dome over the city. The next morning it still seemed like a good idea — or, at least, not necessarily completely absurd.