This Week's Issue: Little Italy, Big Prisons and a Band Called Phish
Happy November, everyone. If you're cooped up inside bemoaning the chill in the air and the absence of sunlight, hey, more time for reading Seven Days. And more time for a couch tour, if you're a Phish-head — our own Paul Heintz took a break from politics this week to look back at the Vermont band's 30 years on the jam circuit. Once you're finished with that long read, here are this week's newsy stories:
- Burlington's Little Italy is gone but not forgotten. A new project revives the history of the demolished neighborhood (while urban planners wonder how to make Burlington a little more like it once was).
- Reducing Vermont's prison population? That's easier said than done. More local inmates are being shipped out of state.
- The feds are cutting aid, so Rutland's food shelf is stepping up to fill the gap for the hungry.
- In this month's Poli Psy column, Judith Levine takes a closer look at the rise of robots.
- This Vermont Health Connect mess is a something-burger, all right. In Fair Game, Paul Heintz says the health exchange's failure to launch is Gov. Peter Shumlin's biggest crisis yet.
- And lastly, a story for Veterans Day: How one Burlington woman takes unofficial care of Burlington's monument to military history.
Read it all in print, online or on the iOS app.