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Re: “142-Room Hotel Proposed for Burlington YMCA Building

You're close. As long as you are complying with current zoning regulations (and others) then you can pretty much do whatever you want with the property. We as voters have a say in in what those regulations are and who we elect to change them for certain projects.

That's not really my point, though. I was simply asking the developer and those involved in this project to be honest instead of pretending they were truly interested in doing what was in the best interest of Burlington by claiming they are freeing up traffic and providing "an experience that does not currently exist in the city."

I'd settle for, "it's my building and I will be working with the mayor to zone it so I can make as much money as possible off it without having to touch the existing structure which is grandfathered into some regulations so I don't have to pay to bring it up to code" or something along those lines which is closer to the truth.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 05/09/2019 at 6:56 AM

Re: “142-Room Hotel Proposed for Burlington YMCA Building

My comment was more focused on how this project is being spun rather than the project itself. Yes, I'd like a project to go in that benefits more than just the developer. Burlington needs better paying jobs, more housing, etc. It would be nice to have some professionals downtown rather than the various slovenly dressed college kids manning the shops and restaurants and serving as punching bags for the police but in the absence of that project this hotel is what we have. Yes, it is better than leaving the pile of asbestos that is the old Y there but we can also do better than a hotel whose main benefit seemingly is to reduce traffic in an area that is virtually undrivable anyway because of potholes and poorly planned structures that carve out bike lanes. I'm not sure if the architect has actually been around Burlington but a hotel with a restaurant is not exactly ...an experience that does not currently exist in the city,

Something needs to be done with the old Y. Somebody paid $3 million for it. Just be honest with what you are doing there.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 05/08/2019 at 7:19 AM

Re: “142-Room Hotel Proposed for Burlington YMCA Building

The firm predicts the hotel will reduce traffic congestion at the intersection since guest turnover happens throughout the day versus the highly concentrated pickup and drop off times for the Ys childcare program.

So traffic will suck all day and not just for two small windows of time?

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Posted by Mark Lade on 05/07/2019 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Officer Said Kilburn Punched Him During Confrontation

Why was Kilburn parked in the ambulance zone? That might have been something Campbell should have tried to ascertain before he kicked ass and took names later.

Campbell was the victim of violent physical assault? Kilburn swung on him and connected with one to the face. It sounds like he missed the target on all other punches, The one with which he connected registered a whole 3 out of 10 on the pain scale. I stepped on a Lego the other day that registered a 5 out of 10 but I didn't mangle my son's face for leaving it there.

Citizens should not be throwing punches on the police. There are rare examples of when it might be OK and this does not appear to be one of them. The police should not be putting their hands on citizens without warning. There are examples of when it might be OK and this does not appear to be one of them.

In the end, police face danger. It is part of the job. However, the police cannot be the ones who create the danger and that goes for shooting a guy with a knife or a shovel, firing off shots (or not) at a car in the middle of an intersection who is driving toward a barricade, or beating the shit out of a confused disabled guy because he was illegally parked.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 05/01/2019 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Officer Said Kilburn Punched Him During Confrontation

It really looks like Campbell made this situation far worse than it had to be.

Security wasn't sure they wanted Kilburn removed but Campbell took it upon himself to do so anyway.

Campbell's verbal interaction with Kilburn in asking him to leave seems unprofessional at best and certainly escalated the situation.

Campbell seemingly tried to arrest Kilburn without warning and by trying to physically overpower him for stepping out of of his vehicle.

I get police deal with some tough cases. I've seen a person being arrested who told the arresting officer she hoped she had needles in her pocket so the officer would be stabbed when asked if she had any needles on her. The officer remained calm, didn't swear or try to overpower the woman. I've also seen a team of 3 officers quickly take down an uncooperative citizen and apply handcuffs without throwing punches. The point is, there is a protocol for dealing with surly citizens. I can't imagine punching them in the face and creating the injuries pictured fits into it.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 04/30/2019 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

Aren't police trained in defensive tactics, specifically how to apply holds and use techniques to subdue an attacker without brutally beating the attacker in the face and/or killing the attacker? I imagine it couldn't have been too hard to gain control of an older, out of shape man who had limited use of his body following a stroke.

On the plus, I'm glad the officer at least told Kilburn of his right to remain silent. "That cop punched me, and the cop told me to shut my fat effing mouth,'"

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Posted by Mark Lade on 04/25/2019 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Burlington Officials Sought to Change 'Homicide' Finding in Police Case

It sounds like someone is going to be sued and the city is going to have to throw in some more bike lanes and tall buildings to cover the cost.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 04/18/2019 at 8:58 AM

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