BURLINGTON – In what many are calling a controversial move, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has turned the once pedestrian-friendly Church Street Marketplace into a strip for drag racing. Shoppers are still free to roam the street, but they do so at their own risk. Race cars have been zipping through the crowds since Wednesday morning, and the governor claims to have reached speeds of close to 200 mph over the four block stretch of roadway.
Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger says he plans to contest the governor’s authority to re-purpose the popular tourist destination, but Scott insists that Church Street is privately owned, and that he has secured the owners’ permission to race his cars on the property. An anonymous source in the Church Street offices claims that the governor is offering a large tax incentive in exchange for use of the street. Police are advising visitors on foot to use extra caution.