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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Jennie Kristel on 11/04/2018 at 8:27 AM

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

The farmers market can stand to be trimmed a little. It has been infiltrated with expensive art, weird products like chaga tea and liquor, and goofballs using it popularity to make political points. Trim some of the fat and get back to being a farmers market.

PS--the same can be said for the writing of this article. Trim some of the fat and deliver the story.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 11/02/2018 at 7:01 AM

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

Miro wineburger sucks! So does this pathetic gossip rag of a newspaper.
The farmers market is more of a food festival with farmers. I say beat it! The mis-management of the market has overgrown its welcome and trampled the park in the process. Seems to me the greed of market management is catching up with them!

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Posted by Shannon Reilly on 11/01/2018 at 7:41 PM

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

The farmers market managment have raped the downtown for too long! I say beat it. You can leave 10 veggie farmers but all the food has gotta go!

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Posted by Shannon Reilly on 11/01/2018 at 7:36 PM

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

"More BS from the mayor."

More BS from the anti-everything crowd.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 11/01/2018 at 4:05 PM

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

The term "upgrade" City Hall park is a misnomer , it really is a downgrade, it is a sterilization of downtown. More BS from the mayor.

I keep telling you, folks . . real estate developers should be kept away from the levers of power, whether on a local or national level. They see everything as a commodity to be extracted from so they can bask in their own personal glory.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 11/01/2018 at 2:00 PM

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

How utterly shocking that it's more important for the Mayor to ram through a redesign that will not only kill City Hall Park's soul, but also a vibrant farmers' market that benefits everyone. And what for? Gentrification at all costs, I guess.

We have to vote this guy out, decisively, next time he's up for re-election.

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Posted by Oleander on 11/01/2018 at 1:06 PM

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

Soon the Farmers Market will be able to use the Big Hole in the middle of DownTown ........

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Posted by kawksw on 11/01/2018 at 12:01 PM

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

why not battery park

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Posted by ski pepsi on 11/01/2018 at 6:25 AM

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

Just like folks thought we would never lose First Night, the Farmers Market is no guarantee. I blame many parties but especially the city that came to the attention late, and to build what resembles a corporate plaza for our historic city park district. I don't see the market coming out of this stronger. Ironically a winter market success at a renovated Memorial seems a better possibility, but really nothing on the horizon for a truly effective summer market.

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 10/31/2018 at 11:45 PM

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

Pine St will be a disaster, even if only for a year. Talk about the middle of nowhere! I know I personally wouldn't bother with the hassle.

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Posted by planetacer09 on 10/31/2018 at 1:16 PM

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