- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A vision for Vermont’s state capital with more people and fewer cars has earned its creators a $10,000 prize in a design competition.

Team Bridges made up of 12 professionals from Vermont and neighboring states has won the yearlong “Sustainable Montpelier 2030” contest held by nonprofit Net Zero Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2iXLjhD) the team proposes replacing parking spaces in the downtown area with a range of housing types and small businesses, easy access to public transit and a reinvigorated riverfront. It says a reduction in car use would allow Montpelier’s population, now about 8,000, to grow by about 3,500 residents.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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