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I Can’t Believe A Town Actually Considered Building This. What Were They Thinking?

This may sounds like the plot of The Simpsons Movie (or Under the Dome by Stephen King), but one town in Vermont almost voluntarily had their town covered by a giant, plastic dome.

The original reasoning behind covering the town with a dome was that it would drastically cut heating. Winooski was a poor town of 7,000 at the time, and received the second-most federal assistance per capita in the country. The town”s annual heating bill was $4 million. That”s not a small amount for a poor town.

The original reasoning behind covering the town with a dome was that it would drastically cut heating. Winooski was a poor town of 7,000 at the time, and received the second-most federal assistance per capita in the country. The town”s annual heating bill was $4 million. That”s not a small amount for a poor town.

The original reasoning behind covering the town with a dome was that it would drastically cut heating. Winooski was a poor town of 7,000 at the time, and received the second-most federal assistance per capita in the country. The town

The town council rejected the idea…until they heard about the money. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had funds allocated for new housing concepts. Constructing a dome over the town meant millions of dollars flowing in from HUD to finance construction.

The town council rejected the idea...until they heard about the money. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had funds allocated for new housing concepts. Constructing a dome over the town meant millions of dollars flowing in from HUD to finance construction.

The town and the media embraced the idea of a dome over Winooski. While the problems with such a project are fairly obvious, it wasn”t logical opposition to the dome that killed the project. It was a presidential election.

The town and the media embraced the idea of a dome over Winooski. While the problems with such a project are fairly obvious, it wasn

President Jimmy Carter was facing a tough reelection against newcomer Ronald Reagan at the time. As a way to give his opponent less to criticize, Carter told HUD to cut off funds for the project.

President Jimmy Carter was facing a tough reelection against newcomer Ronald Reagan at the time. As a way to give his opponent less to criticize, Carter told HUD to cut off funds for the project.

The idea of a dome in Winooski went down with Carter. By the time Reagan took office, the funds HUD allocated for the project were gone. I suppose that wasn”t necessarily a bad thing.

The idea of a dome in Winooski went down with Carter. By the time Reagan took office, the funds HUD allocated for the project were gone. I suppose that wasn

Here is Winooski as it stands today. I think a dome would have ruined the view.

Here is Winooski as it stands today. I think a dome would have ruined the view.

Via: Ski Curbed

I still want to know how they planned to solve the problem of car exhaust inside the dome. I guess it was a nice idea in theory, but there”s no way it could have worked in real life. It”s probably better if we just leave the whole town under a dome thing to the Simpsons.