Laura Hale | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Laura Hale 
Member since Feb 12, 2013

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Latest Review

Re: “Two Brothers Tavern

My friend and I had a wonderful meal at Two Brothers this weekend! We were in Middlebury for the day and were dining mid-afternoon, and the staff was really friendly and attentive. We made a meal out of an order of poutine (Hooray for vegetarian poutine!) a pretty fantastic beet, walnut, blue cheese, and arugula salad, and a couple of glasses of wine. We both agreed that it was the perfect meal for a rainy, chilly day. We'd go back again the next time we're in town without hesitation.

Posted by Laura Hale on 05/06/2014 at 4:15 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “On Target? Axe Throwing Venue to Open in Burlington's Old North End

Hindsdale wouldn't renew the Off Center for the Dramatic Art's lease so an axe throwing business could move in? That's certainly an interesting choice on their part.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 07/18/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Burlington Mayor's Attempt to Diversify Leadership Falls Short

It isn't just about putting people of color in positions of power in city government - it's also about creating a workplace culture that supports them. Having worked along side some of the few people of color employed by the city over the years and heard how incredibly difficult it was for them, city government has a lonnnnggg way to go. There have been diversity committees for years, and nothing moves forward. A big part of that is the will to change. It has to come from every department at every level. The fact that the mayor has had people of color in the final three candidates to choose from for department head positions and chose white guys who looked like him and had the same background is not a coincidence.

31 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 06/12/2019 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Hissho Sushi Arrives at City Market's Two Stores

Man I wish City Market had just been a better partner to Shinkjuku Station. I loving having them on North St, but miss the convenience of getting their sushi at City Market. CM could have avoided all of this and not had to get a chain from NC to come in.

20 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 04/12/2019 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Winooski's Historic Mansion Could Be Demolished

I wonder if Winooski is putting as much emphasis on home ownership as they are rentals in their streamlined zoning process? When we talk about demolishing existing properties to build larger apartment buildings, I continually see one major issue left out of the conversation: ownership. When we as communities make it easy to tear down small buildings and build large structures in the name of infill, but only make the units in them available as rentals instead of affordable condos or housing co-ops, we leave the neighborhoods vulnerable to gentrification and turn over. The condo I live in is part of a three house association. The houseI live in has three units, the house behind us has four units, and the house next to us is a single family and all were converted from rentals to condos in 2006 when the city of Burlington incentivized that transition. All tenants were offered first right of refusal and a couple ended up purchasing the units they lived in. These remain some of the most affordable in the city when they do sell, because we all stay for long periods of time and are invested in selling units at affordable prices to bring in owners who intend to stay. We are a small community in our neighborhood that stabilizes our neighborhood as all the buildings around us are sold off and built up. When a couple of people own a majority of rental properties in a community, they can decide to renovate all of them and raise rents, and gentrify a whole area over the course of a few years. I hope that as Winooski continues to grow, they have equal incentives for small unit ownership as they do small unit rentals. It's something that all of Chittenden County needs to address.

53 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 04/04/2019 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Monkton General Store to Close if Owners Can't Raise $20,000

Good news, they made more than the $20,000 they needed by the deadline!

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Laura Hale on 03/10/2019 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Photographer Megan Humphrey Documents Burlington's Most Diverse Hood

Yay Megan! I'm sure none of us truly know how much she does for not just the Old North End, but for her entire network of friends and neighbors. If you have the pleasure of knowing Megan, you know how brightly she shines :)

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 03/08/2019 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Lawsuit: Inmate Died After Being Held in Solitary for Drug Withdrawal

Good lord - when do we stop seeing people who are incarcerated as people deserving of basic care?

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 02/21/2019 at 5:02 PM

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