Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice | Comment Archives | Stories | News + Opinion | City

Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range

Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: City

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

Battery park is the best option for this market , it's got most of what i've heard people wanting , play ground for kids, bathrooms , paved path across front , beautiful views , electric , shade , lawn not gravel , come on people use what you have , can work out loading and unloading , close to church st , parking , with maybe a small shuttle , what more do you want or need ? it's a win win situation

Posted by starpaver on 12/11/2018 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

If you want to look at this in terms of winners and loser--"lost the vote"--then I would say everyone lost. The top picture sums it up nicely. Since this story is about parking perks, I fail to see why Sinex should be given accolades for "contributing" to what has become a yearly benefit designed to help downtown businesses. The guy stiffed his own employees on Christmas bonuses and it is unlikely his cold heart melted after being visited by three ghosts to produce this pure act of charity and goodwill.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mt.Philo on 12/05/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

You insisted on a vote. You lost the vote.

Lost.

The.

Vote.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/04/2018 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

I don't think anyone should resign but how has that PAC funded vote turned out so far? There's a razed section of downtown Burlington with no indication it will ever become anything and a coy developer not answering questions who seems more concerned with tracking down $29K from some hillbilly in Arkansas than pouring a foundation for his super project. Parking is a bigger mess now that there are hundreds of fewer spots but hey, limited "free" parking is an excellent trade off so I guess everything worked out great for everyone.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Lade on 12/04/2018 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

So the Mayor and some city councilors and the CEDO staff should all resign because you cant get over that you lost the debate on a downtown redevelopment project? A project that the Burlington voters supported when the antis insisted on a vote? That is truly one of the more remarkable notions I have seen here.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 12/03/2018 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

Who looked at Burlington's parking problems (a shortage of spaces a block from church st), and thought we can solve this by making it free? Do we respond to gas shortages by making gas free? If there were food shortages should we make bread free? Why not have an intelligent plan, like discounting underused spaces further from church st, and raising the price of those that are always full?

Unless the goal is just to make people feel good about a holiday gift from city hall, as long as they don't realize it exacerbates the perceived parking shortage.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by WinstonAtlasA on 12/01/2018 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

P.S. If you pay the meters with actual money, you don't get free parking? Sorry, poor people!

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by The Oracle on 11/28/2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

The empty space where the 14 story "Tumor" is supposed to go sits idle. Destitute Don Sinex is supposedly out looking for the money he said he already had in hand. And our real estate huckster mayor is busy wiping the permanent egg off of his face while he tries to dance away from his part in this fiasco.

The mayor needs to resign. He pushed this, he invited the outside money to push this on the ballot. Any councilor who flogged this mess also needs to resign. Anyone at CEDO who greased the skids for this needs to resign.

Of course, none of them will. In this Trumpian era of shameless greed and deceit no one will quit or even take any responsibility. They will just dodge questions or give non-answers and smug smiles and say they have done nothing wrong.

At all levels of government , we are being governed by lesser people.

Enough is enough.

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by NorthOldEnder on 11/28/2018 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

Burlington's mayor said he and his administration negotiated the seasonal parking deal with Sinex. "We appreciate this, but it's not all we're looking for, certainly," Miro Weinberger told Seven Days on Monday.


Also campaign donations?

9 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Mt.Philo on 11/28/2018 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

RE: your article about moving the farmers market because of City's plan to mall/maul City Hall Park.

It's not a done deal.

Last Tuesday Keep the Park Green collected almost 2000 signatures to put on the March ballot a motion to scrap the plan for City Hall Park. I myself collected 125 signatures in three hours at the Ward 4 polling site. For many people who signed the petition it was not just about saving trees. They questioned the 4 million dollar price tag, the need for a "splash pad," instead of a central fountain, increasing the paved surface area in the park, and wiring it for more performances. They wanted peace and quiet and a green place with shade trees and gardens in the midst of an all to rapidly developing downtown. Parents commented that there was no place to take kids when they were downtown; they wanted a little playground on sawdust with a swing set and slide, and a bathroom, not a portpotty cubicle. Senior signatories wanted benches with backs, not stone blocks to sit on. I was collecting signatures right next to where Kurt Wright greeted voters. He saw the line at my table, and overheard discussions. I asked him, "Kurt, what will the Council do when voters say no?" He said he'd certainly look at another plan.

So take heed FM venders and Burlington Voters. This unpopular plan is not a done deal. We'll be voting on it in March. And it will go down.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Schein on 11/13/2018 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

"Miro Weinberger doesn't care much for civic engagement, does he? He didn't want to hear from us on the F-35s and he doesn't want to hear from us on the park. This tinpot dictator has got to go or this town will be paved over and our historic buildings pulled down to benefit contractors. Hey, Mr Mayor, where's our boondoggle new mall?"

On every single issue you complain about, there has been plenty of "civic engagement." Years of committees, neighborhood planning associations, council meetings, elections, etc. When you don't get your way on anything, you blame it on lack of "civic engagement" by the mayor, rather than the fact that your side of the issue didn't win the day with the public and its elected officials. It's ridiculous.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 11/06/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

I said back before the elections that Miro had to be voted out but apparently people thought he was doing a great job. Apparently he isn't doing to good of one, he got the city to have Don the con to build the new mall, he wants to destroy the park, he's not helping the homeless people like he promised. Anyone have other ideas what he's not doing or doing to destroy Burlington?

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Gi Grape on 11/05/2018 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

Miro Weinberger doesn't care much for civic engagement, does he? He didn't want to hear from us on the F-35s and he doesn't want to hear from us on the park. This tinpot dictator has got to go or this town will be paved over and our historic buildings pulled down to benefit contractors. Hey, Mr Mayor, where's our boondoggle new mall?

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/05/2018 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

It will be a travesty if the Farmer's Market no longer has access to a central and easy-to-access location like City Hall Park. It is a very vibrant part of summer life in Burlington as well as a huge attraction for tourists which is easy to find in its current locale but certainly won't be if forced to relocate to some non-descript, out of the way parking lot.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vtgal on 11/05/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

The Farmers Market is a valued community event, but the City of Burlington has mismanaged it to the detriment of City Hall Park and the health of its grass, soil, and trees.

Now the city wants to spend millions to refurbish the park -- pretending that its suffering from old age rather than willful neglect -- and imagining that the community prefers a plaza-like park with more pavement and fewer trees in the middle of a downtown otherwise thoroughly dominated by concrete and asphalt.

The most important design decisions for the current plan, notably the lack of consideration for existing healthy mature trees, were made behind closed doors. Furthermore, interest in the design work was neither solicited nor put out to bid. Just how the chosen firm was chosen is unclear.

A Seven Days article in April suggested that more than half a million dollars (about $700,000) has been spent already and actual site work has yet to begin.

Meanwhile, the adjacent sidewalks on the park perimeter are in hazardous disrepair and the proposed splash pad in the new design will be dysfunctional at this latitude for the bulk of the year.

As with other even bigger budget projects, here too the city does not have its act together.

If you have not signed the petition to put the park redesign on the ballot in March, please do.

Lets let the voters have their say. Our mayor seems to have promised not to listen, but that's all the more reason for people to stand and speak up.

13 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Michael Long on 11/04/2018 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

If we join together here in Burlington the proposed big metro design will be defeated at the polls in March in a ballot item, and the farmers' market allowed to continue (with some changes to reflect sensitivity to the Park ecology) while a more sensible "preservation" approach design (likely less expensive!) is developed. That plan needs to incorporate a workable long term farmers' market, perhaps with emphasis on farmers! Tony Redington Burlington

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tony Redington on 11/04/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

The planned boondoggle City Hall Park redesign does not just interfere with the Farmers Market.

The approved plan for the park lacks common sense. It rips out several of the existing walkways and replaces them with walkways located just a few feet to side of where the walkways are now--aiming at where mature and healthy trees lining that side now stand. Moving the existing walkways to the side requires a dozen beautiful mature and healthy trees to be cut down. All this moving of walkways and cutting trees at $4 million cost to the city! Why? When most of what is needed is ordinary maintenance and to aerate the soil with a machine the city already owns so grass will grow, tree health improve, and rain water will be better retained!

And what is the purpose of paving over more of our sole city center green space? This is a plan that needs to be stopped in its tracks.

The planned park redesign degrades a gem of a City Hall Park that has character and charm. Surely the real purpose of the redesign is to pass $4 million of city money to developers.

Let's keep the existing walkways and pave no more. And save millions of dollars. Yes we can.

16 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by James Marc Leas on 11/04/2018 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

As the article notes, there is a move to put on the ballot an advisory resolution on whether to halt plans for the City Hall Park $4 million "improvement" -- which will actually not just result in some 20 additional trees being cut, but will destroy the historic character of the park, substantially increasing paved surfaces, while replacing the central fountain with a series of water jets placed on a very large paved expanse.

Keep the Park Green and others are in the process of collecting the nearly 2,000 signatures from registered Burlington voters needed for this advisory resolution to get on the March ballot -- a very challenging task in a small city like Burlington. Yet Mayor Weinberger appears to say, according to the article, that he will ignore the results of any ballot resolution and just plow ahead with his costly plans for "improving" City Hall Park. Maybe he can legally do this. But that's not what local democracy should look like.

19 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Senville on 11/04/2018 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

I do not like what the city wants to do with City Hall Park- Not only because of the number of trees proposed being cut down, but taking away much of its green spaces and sense of a place to rest, at lunch time or during the day. I happen to like the historic fountain that was put there in 1910. Or at least was created then. Farmers Market is something my husband and I look forward to every week. We meet friends there have made a number of friends with farmers and feel that it is an important part of the heartbeat of Burlington. My experience of what the city would like is to essentially take that heartbeat away. No place to go to rest, sit and have quiet. I do think this is driven by fear, and a desire to make Burlington just like Boston or NYC.

17 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Jennie Kristel on 11/04/2018 at 8:27 AM

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2019 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation