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Re: “Burlington Councilors Take a Ride Along the Champlain Parkway

I wish this article more adequately described the actual route for the Champlain Parkway. You can't take a bus through it or even a bike if my directions are clear. You head into the woods by Select Design and your walk through the somewhat wild Englesby Brook watershed area. This is an important water access to the lake and there is going to be a highway built over it. This is not good for plants and wildlife, not to mention the health of the lake. What kind of runoff happens with this kind of construction project. And for what... so we all end up at the Lakeside and Pine intersection?

Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 05/22/2019 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Construction Could Begin by Year's End

I believe one of the components of this plan is to "dead end" the south side of Pine Street where it meets Queen City Park Rd. For those of us who love the various Shelburne Rd by-passes as we head south into Burlington's South End (Palace 9, Hannaford, Kmart) we are going to be stuck on busy Shelburne Road with everyone going downtown. I can't imagine how this will help traffic flow.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 05/22/2019 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Will of the People? Advisory Questions Offer High Hopes but Get Few Results

Often the reason we have citizens fighting against decisions that were already made, is that the process that lead to the decision was seriously flawed. The public is given backroom-conceived plans that become excuses to give favors to chosen partners and financial backers. The public gets to "weigh-in" on these plans, not create them. And top-down process leads to solutions to problems that didn't exist in the first place. The park has a soil problem. A handful of trees need tending. The fountain needs to be fixed. Some playground equipment for kids would be great for families. 4 million dollars later we have expanded pavement, extended commercial spaces, a food kiosk (in a park surrounded by restaurants?) and saplings replacing healthy mature trees. As long as the City uses the same methods to push expensive and unwanted plans, the public will stand up and petition. At least I hope so.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 01/23/2019 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Burlingtonians Speak Out to Save Memorial Auditorium

The reason the event was "historic" was not due to size. It was historic to have all the city ward NPAs agree to sponsoring an "all wards" NPA town meeting style event. I think it may have been the first time this has happened.

The Neighborhood Planning Assembles were created in the 1980s to neighborhood forum for public concerns and wishes and to relay them to elected officials. The fact that all the individual NPA agreed it was important to have a public meeting on Memorial, that it was beautifully executed and that it gave those who came a chance to voice opinions is all good for a democratic city.

There was a vote on funding for Memorial several years back (not sure when). The outcome was that a majority supported funding for needed maintenance of Memorial. Unfortunately it was the kind of vote that required a 2/3rd majority not a simple majority. Perhaps another vote is in order to see where public opinion lands today.

Lastly, one of the commenters was a former employee of the Chamber of Commerce. She revealed that there were organizations and events looking for a downtown venue for large groups - 1000 people or more. This is currently an untapped market in downtown Burlington that Memorial could fulfill along with many other uses. Other options such as the Sheraton or UVM cannot offer the central location.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 09/29/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Burlingtonians Speak Out to Save Memorial Auditorium

Thank you Katie for a great account of Tuesday night's historic event!

Many citizens have grown weary of top-down, consultant-led processes that begin with pre-determined ideas. This event was a shining example of what happens with an authentic public conversation that starts with the community. The energy was positive, the ideas far-reaching and the determination palpable. Bravo to the NPAs for fulfilling the role they were given in the 80s - to share the voice of the people with elected officials. I wish the mayor had been there to listen and support this historic conversation on a beloved landmark. But, thanks to community TV, he can watch the entire event on CCTV!

I truly believe this landmark can be restored to it original glory, and provide a welcome entrance to our city that speaks to our values and perseverance as a community.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 09/28/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Better Burg? Burlington's 'Development Mayor' Makes His Case for a Third Term

Anyone notice that once "know your assumptions" shows up, the conversation becomes less interesting? No offense, but rather than personal attacks on individual people or writers let's discuss issues. What are your goals for the city? What do you want to see implemented? Isn't that the conversation we should bring our energy to?

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 04/30/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Burlington's Brickwork Art Studios to Be Closed

Here, we are seeing gentrification at work, and something South End artists have been concerned about. Buildings being bought and rented - with goals for higher per square foot rates than artists can pay. Jacobs would be smart to keep tenants on and appreciate the revenue rather than toss people out for a desire to make more money. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 04/30/2017 at 9:21 PM

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