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An artist’s rendering of a NewVista community is shown on their website. (Courtesy The NewVista Foundation)

You must have heard the news by now that David Hall is canceling his controversial NewVistas plans. From this morning’s Valley News:

Faced with stiffening opposition to his dream of founding a large sustainable community in the rural White River Valley, Utah engineer David Hall says it’s time for him to “give in and get out of Vermont.”


Hall announced on Wednesday morning that he now intends to sell the 1,500 acres that he began accumulating in 2015 with plans to establish a community near the birthplace of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. …


In announcing the sudden reversal, Hall cited the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which earlier this week placed the towns of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge on its “watch status,” a special designation that accompanies its annual list of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” The trust warned that Hall’s development might permanently alter the “charming village centers and idyllic surrounding farms and forests” of the four towns.

So now seems like as good a time as any to repost this video and story from 2016, when Hall came to the Valley News newsroom for a chat with the editorial board to spell out his vision. Happy #tbt!