Charlotte VT: Built Capital

Built capital, as defined by Green and Haines is the “The permanent physical installations and facilities supporting productive activities in a community, including:  Roads, streets, and bridges  Airports, railroads, Electric and natural gas utilities, Police and fire protection facilities, Drinking water facilities, Wastewater treatment and waste disposal facilities,Communications technology networks, Public, private, and commercial buildings.”


Within the small town of charlotte there are many characteristics that define it as a whole. Driving through winding roads, it’s a tough task to take on in the snowyVermont days. Making my way across town, I drive through the blinking light in the center of the town and over and through the many covered bridges that lead me through the town center. The town center is compiled of the post office, volunteer fire department, library, a small market and general store; the heart of Charlotte. Charlottes built capital is necessary to access its natural capital assets. Composed of mainly rolling hills and farmland, there is in fact no sidewalks. For the small businesses and recreational aspects that are spread throughout the town, it is pertinent that the built capital along the way is up to high standards and are available to everyone. According to American Fact Finder, the town of Charlotte has a total population at 3,810. For the many tax payers of the town, having stable roads is not a choice. It is a necessity. Roads are just part of the built capital map that lead us to explore other capitals in our day-to-day lives.



  • U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2014, Table B09001;American FactFinder; <U.S. Census Bureau; Census 2010-14, Table B09001;American FactFinder; ; (December 3 2016)