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Re: “Judge Allows Construction, Tree Removal to Proceed at Burlington's City Hall Park

Hi there Dr. Assumptions,
You are quite correct - the text and numbers were tiny and gray, and a two looked like a three.
That is the only correct statement in your comment. It's " The Coalition for a Livable City."
[How would you know what's fair?]
Would you like to be the head of the Coalition for Snide Comments? I'd vote for you. Bye now!.

Posted by Charlie Messing on 07/16/2019 at 6:02 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

Amen, Tiki.

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Posted by Steve Goodkind on 07/16/2019 at 5:56 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

"$17 million in taxpayer money was willfully and improperly channeled from city coffers to a failing telecom."

It is revisionist history for one to claim that BT money was "improperly" moved from the city to a "failing" city asset. A Dem State's Attorney, U.S. Attorney, and civil suit over the matter all failed to find illicit activity. Nor was it "improper" as anyone reading BT's CPG will discover: the PSB gave implicit guidance on using city funds to support a city asset supported by two-thirds of city voters.

Also in the real world: BT was and is not failing. It was a lucrative enough asset to draw interest from several buyers.

It's news that supporters of the current mayor now defend the use of Executive Session. The same party assailed the Kiss administration for doing just that around BT. So which is it? Executive Session when politically convenient? That's like vehemently protesting height allowances downtown before a friendly party took the mayor's office, then "evolving" on the issue, right @knowyourassumptions?

The CityPlace incommunicado looks like a delay tactic to write the best press release possible to mitigate political damage. Meanwhile, TIF funds based on said $250 million project are already being spent. Looks like the path to FreshStartism may be more costly to Burlington taxpayers than marketed.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 07/16/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Ahead of Dairy Merger, Vermont Senate Panel Probes Proposed Deal

Maybe you should check with your boss Bernie before slamming the Vermont dairy industry.

https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/pr…

Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/16/2019 at 5:06 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

Oh boy, this is going to get interesting...here we go!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RB on 07/16/2019 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Judge Allows Construction, Tree Removal to Proceed at Burlington's City Hall Park

"This comment, a plea for fairness, got 30 dislikes. What does that tell us?"

Try reading closely. It got 20 dislikes.

You say your comment was about fairness. Nothing about the Coalition for Obstruction is about "fairness."

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/16/2019 at 5:01 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

"This is making the BT screw-up"

You mean the financial fiasco that occurred under two successive Prog administrations?

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/16/2019 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Ahead of Dairy Merger, Vermont Senate Panel Probes Proposed Deal

The dairy industry is a climate boondoggle and a dying business. Dairy demand has been decreasing for decades, and the industry is responsible for most of the pollution flowing into our lakes and streams. We should be teaching farmers new uses for their land, not encouraging them to keep on in their endless and futile quest for better prices for their unwanted product.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 07/16/2019 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Toxic Algae Bloom in Private Vermont Pond Kills Dog, Puppy

The VAST Poisoning of the Hudson River, Lake George and Lake Champlain has been perpetrated by the BIG Political Donors in Vermont and New York. IT's DISGUSTING https://laymanslaw.home.blog/the-septic-un…

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Judson Witham on 07/16/2019 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Burlington Citizen Group Sues to Stop Champlain Parkway

"We're on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Takin' that ride to nowhere
We'll take that ride"

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by timwithat on 07/16/2019 at 2:54 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

Say you don't know me, or recognize my face
Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight
We got too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll

1 like, 8 dislikes
Posted by timwithat on 07/16/2019 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson Resigns

Under his steady and professional leadership, the Department of Public Safety has tackled some of Vermonts most complex and important challenges, including the ongoing opioid crisis."

I forgot that I have been asleep for 30 consecutive months - could someone remind me of all the ways in which DPS rose to the challenge and tackled the "ongoing opioid crisis?"

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Scott Pavek on 07/16/2019 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Former Ed Secretary Rebecca Holcombe to Run for Governor of Vermont

The Vermont Bureaucratic Party rears its ugly head...

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Job Tate 1 on 07/16/2019 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Former Ed Secretary Rebecca Holcombe to Run for Governor of Vermont

Ms. Holcombe's support of Act 46's forced mergers and overturning of election results should be disqualifying. Towns with quality schools that already met the goals and objectives participated in Act 46 Study committees, went to public forums and offered input, and voted in legally warned elections, only to have bureaucrats overturn those votes. Direct repudiation of democracy, and Ms. Holcrombe supported it.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by A_Trout on 07/16/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Burlington Expected to Update Public on CityPlace Next Week

I have a feeling the Don Sinex hole will be Miro's albatross in the end.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jeremy Gilchrist on 07/16/2019 at 1:33 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

This developer will feel no urgency on this project unless their permit is in danger. They are hoping to win concessions from the City.

Until then it is delay, delay, delay, and obfuscate.

It has been 'financing problems'...now it's 'we need to redesign'. What will it be tomorrow?

Revoke the permit.

24 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Connor Nicholas on 07/16/2019 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Former Ed Secretary Rebecca Holcombe to Run for Governor of Vermont

Ugh... Just what Vermont needs, another failed bureaucrat.

Looking at Ms. Holcombe's track record, there is no credible argument that she won't abandon Vermonters again when the going gets tough.

Come on Dems, I hope you can do better than this. Ms. Holcombe has not earned, and does not deserve the trust of Vermonters.

Its time to quit on Ms. Holcombe like she quit on Vermont.

16 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jimmy on 07/16/2019 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Toxic Algae Bloom in Private Vermont Pond Kills Dog, Puppy

The states online tracker only tracks lakes not river... disappointing

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cheryl Pariseau on 07/16/2019 at 11:31 AM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

This is excellent news. The project has fundamental flaws, not just problems of scale or style or even architectural program. There is a crisis in perception of the urban context and ecological future for the project.

The project reflects a failed strategy to build cities for cars and consumption, not people and conservation. We are now well into the 21st century. It is uneconomical and unecological to construct a building that is dependent on big inputs from big infrastructure.

Some loud people see political advantage in griping about the stalled project, others are upset at their own gullibility. The barking needs to stop. Building the wrong thing in hurry just to look busy would be quite stupid. Rather, congratulate CityPlace for halting a poorly conceived project. A cleared site, held in reserve and ready for action, is far better than either the obsolete, vacant shopping mall, or a new wrong building.

While the site is reconsidered, two actions could satisfy the craving to do something:

1) Keep digging; underground space is valuable;
2) interim passage; establish a bike/ped path through the site.

Now is the time to reflect on the climate emergency imperatives. There will be no McNeil district heating system: heating loads are declining and can be zero in every new building; McNeil is an ancient combustion facility, it must close. There will be no cars: they consume too much space; they cost too much; even when electrified, their environmental impact is too high. There will be no Champlain Parkway no cars to drive it. The future of downtown is walking amongst buildings that manage themselves with on-site resources. They generate more electricity than they use and sequester more greenhouse gases than they emit. It can be done and it must be done, right now. 300 words!

19 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Peter Duval1 on 07/16/2019 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Judge Allows Construction, Tree Removal to Proceed at Burlington's City Hall Park

"Of course it takes all kinds. People are good at different things. Perspectives change."

This comment, a plea for fairness, got 30 dislikes. What does that tell us?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Charlie Messing on 07/16/2019 at 10:39 AM

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