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critikboy 
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Re: “Burlington to Move Forward With Moran Plant Redesign

A couple of thoughts and questions:
If TIF financing is how this is going to be done? How does this plan increase the property values to pay for the debt on this? Its all very good that there will be a snack bar but taxes from that wont be nearly enough to warrant a seven figure outlay.
I am happy with it being open public space but maintenance of the area is only going to be an ongoing cost. So doesnt that incentivize more private businesses going in there at some later date? Didnt the mayor say something about tearing it down end of story if the Old New Moran didnt work? Is this his sly way of keeping the option to more fully privatize the space at some future time; which if his own history of support for development of the space is any indication, thats what he wanted all along??
Again I reiterate... I am happy if this is going to be a nice place that is open and accessible to the public where you can get a burger at a snack bar and tourists can ooh and ahh at the scenery and have somewhere to take a dump. But my concern is that at some point, what with the new sailing center and private marina, someone eventually is going to ask Only paying customers please, do you have a reservation?
Privately Owned Public Space is a real danger for communities.
Burlington has a mayor that has a penchant for commerically activiating public spaces to make everything and everywhere vibrant.
I will reiterate. I am not against this plan. Just worried that first a snack bar, next all manner of commercial ventures which preclude the public from enjoying the space without the need of a big wad of cash

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Posted by critikboy on 02/20/2019 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Knodell Will Run for Burlington City Council as an Independent

I think its fitting that she run as an Independent.... she isnt really a Progressive anymore is she?... I mean... full throttle on the BTC... Zig zagging on the F35s... Turned her back on Keep BT Local... she can say shes getting things done... but who really benefits?... maybe at one time she fought for economic justice and looked out for the little guy?... but it seems to me that perhaps many years up on the hill and her cozy economic status has made her a bit out of touch with the economic struggles many in her district face... lets face it... perhaps she fits the profile of the gentrifiers in the neighborhood... much like the Council Dems under Weinbergers sway and control... maybe its time the Progs get some youth in their ranks and invigorate what has become a moribund movement... perhaps Knodell has just aged out of any youthful desire to fight for justice... shes got her retirement all set... now she just wants to see higher end shops and services that a boutique city will provide her? All this may get her elected... again... in my opinion the City Council needs new ideas and new leadership... thank you for your service Ms Knodell, but its time for you to step aside and let the next gen take a swipe at it...

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Posted by critikboy on 01/19/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

... let the market run its course. Low rent artist studios provide very little benefit to Burlington and provide very little economic activity that can be captured via income and sales/use taxes. Letting the market decide will provide the biggest benefit to Burrlingtonians.

As for the artists? Theres plenty of vacant warehouse/factory space in many of Vermonts formerly industrial towns (think Barre, Springfield, St J, etc). Hopefully these artists can move into these cities, make use of vacant real estate, and can ultimately spur the same revitalization and creative renaissance they have in the South End.

Not everyone can live in Burlington. Lets let market demand/supply more efficiently allocate real estate assets. No reason to subsidize artists through regulation/zoning when theres space for them in Barre/Rutland, etc.

Paco DeFrancis in the 7D comment section April 2017...

What sympathy for some of the people he wants to represent...

... becoming a mini Boston or NYC is exactly the direction we should move in as a city.

February 2017

How about No!

13 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 01/09/2019 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Longtime Councilor Knodell Loses Progressive Nomination

Is that the same Paco DeFrancis that once wrote in the comments section of this site in an article about artists getting evicted from a building in the South End, that if artists in the South End couldnt afford rent in Burlington that they should just move to Barre and Montpelier??? Why yes it is!! Is it the same Paco DeFrancis who used sleazy political tactics trying to smear Deb Ingram??? Yes it is! Not the right choice for Burlington at any level of government.

10 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 01/08/2019 at 8:33 PM

Re: “After Buying Airport-Area Homes to Raze, Burlington Wants to Save Some

Some of the house were in disrepair?? Perhaps because the owners didnt know what was going to happen to them so deferred some maintenance. This also sounds like a smear against poorer folks who could only afford to live near the airport.
And then so the FAA and the City of Burlington bully people out of the nicer newer more marketable houses and get a deal...
Now they have people keeping them maintained and will eventually sell them at a profit...

This is pretty darn sleazy...

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 10/19/2018 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Arkansas Man Gets Probation for Scamming Developer Don Sinex

So some poor sap from Arkansas gets catfished and unknowingly gets sucked into a plot he has no idea about really... and the rich guy from NY wants to throw him in jail and throw away the key for 2K??... real compassionate fella... and then he turns around and uses the loss as an excuse to not pay his employees a holiday bonus??? And the mayor and the city are in business with a guy who showcases this lack of character????

39 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 10/19/2018 at 7:11 PM

Re: “State Senate Hopeful Joked About Sex Assault in 2015 Comedy Set

Shayne Spence taking a page out of Paco DeFrancos dirty Trumpy political playbook just like he tried to do to Deb Ingram... Hey state GOP... I love the hypocrisy... You decry anything PC but will weaponize it when it suits you... lame... I wish Tanner had just said it was a comedy bit that wasnt that funny and left it that...

25 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 09/27/2018 at 7:34 PM

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