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Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

There is a graveyard in the backyard of the convent containing the remains of many Sisters of Mercy. This was not mentioned in the article.

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Posted by Si on 05/12/2019 at 12:30 AM

Re: “This Old Zoning Dispute: Duplex to Be Built After Years-Long Battle

The city tried to argue historic value on a obviously blighted building? If I was the judge in civil court for this, I would have had a hard time keeping my eye brow from popping off my head while listening to the city attorney arguing that the burnt down eye sore of a building had historic value. and I am a classics major; I like ruins - I honestly do like ruins.

City Attorney to Judge: "People have been pissing and smoking crack in this building for years, and these big developers are trying to come in and change our community!"

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Posted by Alfonso Villegas on 05/10/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

Yes keep Miro and Farrell away from there. Miro would probably want Don the con to develop it and we all know how that would go!

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 05/07/2019 at 3:38 PM

Re: “DIY Homeowners Rebuild Old House From Studs to Glory

Really awesome, good job guys and with three kids no less. hard work always pays off.

Posted by Pixelvt on 05/04/2019 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

Miro will make sure this property will be over-developed, the man just can't help himself.

It is so funny to see the Wall Street worshiping Neo-liberal Democrats and their kissing cousins, the Flat Earth All-You-Can-Eat -Buffet Righties join hands on how to degrade Burlington.

So, by all means, clear cut the property and build enough sterile looking high rise cracker boxes to cram 4000 people up there, after all . . it's "vibrant".

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 05/02/2019 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

KEEP FARRELL AWAY FROM THAT PROPERTY.......bad enough the over-development on North Avenue.

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 05/02/2019 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

Yes, they will be hearing from Aging Hippies Against New Development, Jobs, Or Business (AHANDJOB).

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 05/02/2019 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

Ted miles645
I see Steven Goodkind in their future!

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Posted by BradD on 05/02/2019 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Nun Left: As Burlington Convent Prepares to Close, Developers 'Drool' Over Property

Whomever buys the property better be ready for a fight from the locals. Doesn't matter what is proposed there will a few that will fight it to the courts so they can feel empowered.

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Posted by Ted miles645 on 05/01/2019 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Hello, Hula: Can Russ Scully Create a Lakeside Tech Scene?

As far as similarities to Silicon Valley go, at least Russ has the exploiting workers thing down: https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Burlingt…

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 04/30/2019 at 9:44 AM

Re: “This Old Zoning Dispute: Duplex to Be Built After Years-Long Battle

Redstones new apartment building on the corner of pine and flynn, as I recall they only demolished the old Red Roberts store and redemption center and maybe one other house

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Posted by Gigrape52@gmail.com on 04/23/2019 at 3:06 PM

Re: “This Old Zoning Dispute: Duplex to Be Built After Years-Long Battle

So "not everyone is happy" = one neighbor who got to enjoy having open space nearby? That's thin. Better to have dropped that angle, the substantive stuff here is the city's development process.

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Posted by amchoor on 04/23/2019 at 2:33 PM

Re: “This Old Zoning Dispute: Duplex to Be Built After Years-Long Battle

I can't imagine subjecting myself to the nonsense that goes on in Bumbletown.

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Posted by The Great Morpheus on 04/17/2019 at 2:05 PM

Re: “This Old Zoning Dispute: Duplex to Be Built After Years-Long Battle

City denies application to demolish property, later orders property to be demolished. Burlington planning and zoning in a nutshell.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 04/17/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “This Old Zoning Dispute: Duplex to Be Built After Years-Long Battle

Tough read about two millionaires arguing over how to make more money.

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Posted by cwinklem on 04/17/2019 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Hello, Hula: Can Russ Scully Create a Lakeside Tech Scene?

Great stuff, but 500+ people will park WHERE?

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Posted by David Tepper on 04/10/2019 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Hello, Hula: Can Russ Scully Create a Lakeside Tech Scene?

In the 40s and 50s, following World War 2, the US government began funding Stanford engineers to research weapons technology. Fred Terman, dean of engineering at Stanford, encouraged graduate students and professors to spin their research into start-ups that sold their products to defense contractors. The first initial public offering out of Silicon Valley was in 1956 for a company called Varian, which sold microwave tubes for military applications.

All of that DoD money gave birth to Fairchild, Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and other companies that made the silicon chips that put Silicon Valley on the map. Today that technology powers every computing device you have.

And here in Burlington one trust fund surfer and a company that makes websites to sell cars makes people proclaim that we are at all like Silicon Valley?

Mkay.

Here are some current figures regarding Silicon Valley.

The San Francisco Bay Area has the largest concentration of high-tech companies in the United States, at 387,000 high-tech jobs.

In 2015, about 50% of total venture capital funding in the USA happened in the Silicon Valley and San Fransisco area. About 51 new tech companies are launched every month in the San Francisco Bay area.

The amount of Venture Capital money invested in the San Francisco area reached a record high of $27.5 billion in 2018, up from the previous high of $26.5 billion in 2015.

The entire Vermont state budget is $6 billion.

I think what Mr. Scully is dropping his money into is great, except for making Blodgett beach an exclusive, over-priced, walled-off enclave. But please stop the mind-numbing, over-the-top hyperbole comparing this area to Silicon Valley. Thank you.

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Posted by Kyle Creason on 04/09/2019 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Hello, Hula: Can Russ Scully Create a Lakeside Tech Scene?

I wish people in Burlington would stop using Silicon Valley as short hand for any local tech development. There is no threat of it becoming Silicon Valley East as I have heard numerous people proclaim. It undermines credibility.

I used to work for the Stanford School of Engineering and the Stanford Historical Society shooting interviews with many of the key players that built "Silicon Valley." They were the most remarkable group of men and women, now mostly in their 70's, 80's and 90's.

There are (at least) 7 factors that underlie Silicon Valley's success that are not replicable in a place like Vermont or almost anywhere else in the world.

1. Multiple world class universities

2. Rich engineering tradition

3. Deep talent, especially technical, partly thanks to the universities, partly thanks to migration and immigration of many of the world's brightest and best educated people.

4. Cross fertilization between universities and tech talent, and a support system ("soft infrastructure") for entrepreneurs: universities, angel investors and VCs, lawyers (and the legal system), bankers, accountants, landlords, head hunters

5. Culture. Risk taking (as compared to risk-averse New England) and failure tolerance (as compared to China's culture of ostracizing those who fail).

but most important,

7. the US Department of Defense funding development of most of what is driving the technology that we use today. For example, Fairchild Semiconductor, considered the pioneer start-up of todays Silicon Valley, won its first business through military contracts, building chips that helped send American astronauts to the moon, and helped build missiles that armed the US in the Cold War.

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Posted by Kyle Creason on 04/09/2019 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Hello, Hula: Can Russ Scully Create a Lakeside Tech Scene?

We wish Russ nothing but the best. I smell a Presevation Burlington award on the horizon if he keeps those buildings around. BBA looks out for business--that's their job. We try to look out for the wagers that make the wheels of society turn--that's our job. Welcome to America.

It would be interesting to set aside a bit of space for co-op model business and artisanal production of material goods, something other than tech. Once somebody in on Winooski's blossoming remarked that, "people need something else to do other than gorge themselves and get drunk," and I'd say that applies here too in a different way.

Google Campus is open to visitors and it will make this place more dynamic to make it an open campus too, not an impenetrable fortress.

Here's to somebody risk-friendly enough to give this a shot!

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Posted by Alexander Clay Lavin on 04/02/2019 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Hello, Hula: Can Russ Scully Create a Lakeside Tech Scene?

Interesting that, in this day and age, the entire design, with bar, restaurant, workout space, etc., offers no plan for any child-care areas, which could be a huge marketing feature -- not just daycare, but after-school facilities like playground, gym/dance/music area, library, craft or 'maker' space. So much for progress.

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Posted by Katharine Hikel, MD on 04/01/2019 at 5:41 PM

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