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Re: “Will PlanBTV Disrupt the South End's Original 'Makers'?

Thank you for the article - many people do not know what the real estate planners have in mind for this lovely city. There should be no housing in the area of Enterprise. There should continue to be blocks of trees. That is not underutilized space - it allows people to be close to Nature. I'd settle for a well-designed building on the Blodgett site. Do not build any condos at the waterfront. Do not build highrise buildings downtown. Do not ruin what makes this city a good place to live. In ten years, all the consultants and Planners will be GONE, working on another project, and we'll be stuck with their "accomplishments". No more urban renewal, please. The folks who will be able to rent or buy the new apartments (the 80 or 90% which are not "affordable") can afford to drive in from the suburbs, as they do now.

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Posted by Charlie Messing on 08/10/2015 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Will PlanBTV Disrupt the South End's Original 'Makers'?

The reporting of planBTV South End includes "more bike lanes" means going backward in time. Burlington boasts miles of bike lanes--yes the ones where about 8% of our population, mostly young adult males, take the risk (often losing) of bicycling busy streets adjacent to fast moving traffic and through dangerous signal intersections (the last Burlington bike fatal occurred at the light at Manhattan Driver/VT 127). Simply, we have tried bike lanes and they do not serve all who can bike but do not do so because of the obvious danger. We know the solution--the North Avenue Corridor Plan contains end-to-end protected bike lanes called cycle track and yes the 5.6 miles of cycle track is "dooring free" from any too-close parking. In addition safe for all roundabouts at key intersections with separate pathing for cyclists. No more unsafe bike lane thank you very much on our busy streets--cycle track (its at the top of list from cyclists in the Illinois State Bicycle Plan from last year). Tony Redington Blog:

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Posted by Anthony Redington on 08/09/2015 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Will PlanBTV Disrupt the South End's Original 'Makers'?

Great article! To learn more about what the South End Alliance has to say about Plan BTV South End and manufacturing, housing, and sustainable development, check out our web page at and our facebook page (South End Artist Talk) and join the movement for a more participatory planning process for the South End and citywide. -Genese

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Posted by Sud End on 08/05/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Vermont Mulls Pros and Cons of Privatizing Liquor Sales

This article is correct about the effect in Washington state. Some common items got cheaper, especially in big box stores like Costco; the price for almost everything else went up. You can make an ideological case for the state getting out of the business, but don't pretend it's gonna be cheaper for the end user. It'd be convenient to buy liquor at the grocery store (we even had drive-thru liquor stores where I grew up); that's the only good outcome I see from this.

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Posted by Joe Weinmunson on 06/22/2015 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Map: Vermont's Best-Selling Liquor, Store by Store

Fascinating. Why are so many nips sold? Are there really that many alcoholics?

Posted by BD802 on 06/16/2015 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Vermont Mulls Pros and Cons of Privatizing Liquor Sales

Why would they want to Privatize liquor when it will mean that they will either lose their jobs or their job functions may change so they'll have to think a little while doing something different.

I see this as a positive, it would create more jobs. Regarding price increases that's a toss up,hough one can shop sales at one place and another vs every place having the same price. A lot of people would probably stop being liquor in NH which would add to tax revenue. As far as increased drinking and minor access, I don't see that as being a thing. That sounds like a scare tactic.

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Posted by Jay Thomas on 06/12/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Vermont Mulls Pros and Cons of Privatizing Liquor Sales

Hate to disappoint but I don't work for the liquor industry. I am however, heavily involved in privatizing Pennsylvania and the same points apply to both places. While there may not be direct savings it is up to each consumer to decide if the increased convenience and selection has a value to them. Does the increase in employment offset something else? Will competition provide a downward price effect? Since the store density in Vermont is about 1 per 7800 residents convenience may not be as important as it is in PA with one store for every 19.800 residents. If the population as a whole is satisfied with only being able to get 2500 products instead of 25,000 and having some government bureaucrat decide for them then privatization may not work in your state. If the population wants more than privatization will do it.

Being a control state does not automatically mean that you are safer, look at Montana as an example. For PA 4 of 6 border states have better DUI rates, 5 of 6 less binge drinking. I don't know about Vermont but in any case it is still up to the citizens to decide what is best and after 80 years now may be the time to have a look and see what else is available.

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Posted by Albert Brooks on 06/11/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Vermont Mulls Pros and Cons of Privatizing Liquor Sales

Is the Albert Brooks account a shill for the beverage industry? That post sounds suspiciously like talking points.

If we're not saving costs or money, why would this even be considered, if not for lobbyist money?

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Posted by JamesMason09 on 06/11/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Vermont Mulls Pros and Cons of Privatizing Liquor Sales

Whistle Pig is not a VT product.

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Posted by clamjam22 on 06/11/2015 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Vermont Mulls Pros and Cons of Privatizing Liquor Sales

The DLC is not being very forthcoming. Washington State craft distillery licenses increased 83% in the first year after privatization from 35 to 64. Their DUI fatality rate decreased since privatization and is better than the rate in Vermont. With over 30 stores that stock 10-12,000 skus of beer wine and spirits it is impossible to say selection went down, especially compared to the ~2500 liquor skus that Vermont carries.

The Seattle Times notwithstanding, the Forecasting and Research Division, Office of Financial Management report of January 2015 doesn't agree. Since they actually track this information; what they list (on pg 7 of the report) is that the average price for a liter went from $22.28 to $24.52 and that is also counting 3 years of inflation.

What privatization would do for Vermont is provide more convenience, greater selection, increased employment and greater amount of tax revenue from sales along with getting government out of what most of the country looks at as a retail business and removes the inherent conflict of interest of selling and enforcing liquor. If that meets the wants and desires of the citizens then that is how it should be..

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Posted by Albert Brooks on 06/10/2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Gas-Station Owner Skip Vallee: Competition Crusher or Creative Capitalist?

Vallee stands for greed, Sanders for the people. He's looking out for the people, Vallee is looking out for his wallet.

Posted by Tristan Henderson on 06/08/2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Vermont's Medical Marijuana Industry Is Growing — in Chittenden County

Chief Whipple, where is the challenge, no need for law enforcement any longer, huge reduction in drunken driving, few fights and domestic violence? Alcohol is what keeps the cops busy and they know it.

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 06/05/2015 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Vermont's Medical Marijuana Industry Is Growing — in Chittenden County

Calling all patients and patients in need and all cannabis supports

Posted by Jennifer Atkinson on 06/05/2015 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Mamava Pods Make Breastfeeding Easier

given the backlash against the pods (e.g. 'why do we need to hide breastfeeding moms') the title of this article should reflect that these are designed primarily as clean, private breast pumping stations - rather than feeding stations per se. I'm sure there are many breastfeeding moms that will find them a welcome alternative to feeding on airport seats, etc. but it's clear that the designers and promoters of the product were solving the 'where can I pump?' problem with outlets and a place to sit usually only found in public bathrooms.

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Posted by Kate 1 on 05/09/2015 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Middlebury's Latest Trash Haulers Are Equine

When I was young, our neighbors used our back field to plant their potato crop. They plowed it with horses. They also used the same team, Molly and Dick, to cut and gather hay from our other field that was too uneven for a tractor drawn baler. Horses have a place in our "modern" world and it would be great if other cities and towns could have a service like this.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 04/25/2015 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Middlebury's Latest Trash Haulers Are Equine

Should be good for the tourists and people wanting the attention but not much good for anything else.

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Posted by laeppa on 04/22/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Entrepreneurial Dream Team Sets Sights on Marijuana

Unfortunately the very changes needed at the federal level (banking, interstate commerce, etc) will be the catalyst for big tobacco to come in and dominate the industry

Posted by Ian A. Malone on 04/20/2015 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Entrepreneurial Dream Team Sets Sights on Marijuana

I embrace their input, but with a billion dollar market ready to launch off the ground if Vermont does go that way~ you can't tell me these people aren't involved for the $$! "They want to make sure Vermont gets marijuana right!" People are not going to believe that. It's about the lucrative money involved in the marketing and sales of the product. Let's get real people.

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Posted by Courtney A Brown on 04/20/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Entrepreneurial Dream Team Sets Sights on Marijuana

Not every idea that smart people have is a good idea.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 04/18/2015 at 8:42 PM

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