leaterhune | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Developer: CityPlace Burlington Project Will Be Redesigned

Brookfield is going to work with the administration and stakeholders? Well, if it's the same stakeholders that created the 14 story towers, that's not a good idea. Suggest Brookfield engage the community by attending Neighborhood Planning Assemblies and listening. https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CEDO/Neighbor…

From stop signs to major development projects, the NPAs offer developers an opportunity to gather ideas and get feedback. Major projects are required to visit the NPA of the Ward in which the developments are proposed. If it's a large project that may be seeking public funding, it's considerate and smart to visit all the NPAs, early in the planning process.

Sinex skipped the Neighborhood Planning Assemblies in the planning phase of his project. We wouldn't be where we are now if he had listened to the community instead of sequestering himself with so-called downtown stakeholders. Just watch, the changes Brookfield will propose now will be changes the Coalition for Livable Community recommended based on feedback from many people in the community.

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Posted by leaterhune on 07/19/2019 at 5:07 PM

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

Imagine if you proceeded to rip out trees without a valid permit. Well, people do it all the time, and many more will do it now.

Imagine what would happen if you got a permit, let it expire, then made significant changes in the project and proceeded to cut down most of the trees, telling the City no problem because you're going to replace them with saplings later and the permit issues are nothing to fuss over.

You think City would say 'ok, go ahead. We'll sort out the legal issues later'? Can we expect that is how it will be done from now on?

19 likes, 57 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 07/11/2019 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Sanders Disputes Seven Days Story During Democratic Debate

Shifted focus from whether Sanders still holds the position that guns are a state issue, to whether he said it. Ok, he said it in 2013. He was seeking to represent VT which had no gun control and very little gun-related crime.

VT and the nation have evolved on this issue, and the question now is, has Sanders thinking also evolved? He's gung ho on basing F-35s in VT. Thinking about that has shifted in VT also, but no evolved thinking on this from Sanders or any other member of VT's congressional representatives.

8 likes, 42 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 06/28/2019 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Appoints Three Black Men to Police Commission

Good decision, Majority of City Council. And thanks to those who stepped up to be nominated.

What discourages people from applying is contentious deliberation, and the practice of reappointing incumbents as if it is their privilege to keep a seat year after year. During the tenure of that commission, police killed fragile people and black people were beat up by police. That commission definitely needed a sea change! Why did it take so long for Council to realize the commission needed racial balance, and what about gender balance? Every board and commission needs this balance, including City Council.

13 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 06/25/2019 at 9:57 PM

Re: “'Billboards' Around CityPlace Construction Site Taken Down

Opportunity to move marketplace "Only White Lives Matter" billboard, aka ELAP mural, to this location, surrounding it with a multicultural representation of each city district, so Marketplace, North District, South District, etc.

7 likes, 92 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 06/20/2019 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Church Street Marketplace Director Ron Redmond to Resign

Redmond's legacy is that parade mural of white supremacy on the marketplace, a violation of Gina Carerra's VARA rights for which the Marketplace Commission should be sued, incompetent management having no signed contract for the ELAP artist, no record of donors and donations, no accountability for a $100,000 project that would be a shameful embarrassment to the city if Burlington wasn't such a racist environment. A task force and City Council agreed to a cover-up, but as long as that mural hangs there on the wall, all associated with it are complicit.

16 likes, 119 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 05/31/2019 at 11:08 PM

Re: “More Homes Are Inside High-Decibel Areas on New F-35 Sound Maps

The noise maps bury the impact of F35 noise by averaging it combined with all other airport noise in a 24hr, 365 day period.

The F-35 noise input data was merged with all other airport noise, and the 228 days of F-35 activity was spread over 365 days. This statistical method significantly diminished the F-35 noise impact, deceptively making the F-35 noise impact appear to be less (and the greater than 65dB noise zone area on the map smaller) than where people are actually experiencing the singular events, 228 days of the year, at decibel levels much greater than the average airport noise.

The FAA noise maps that are on display for the public are just one more dishonest maneuver in the scandal-ridden history of the F-35. Sen. Leahy's role in forcing it on people in Vermont -- all cities and towns directly impacted voted against it -- will be Leahy's lousy legacy.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 05/31/2019 at 10:33 AM

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