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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

Re: “Not So Fast: Opposition to Appeal Burlington Town Center Permit

The big selling point of this project to both the public and some City Councilors who admitted concerns about scale, was the affordable housing. 55 units out of 270 units are proposed as "affordable" but reports on their actual cost have me feeling that people have been duped. Is $950 for a studio and $1050 for a one-bedroom affordable? The housing crisis is actually an affordability crisis. In the last 2 years the vacancy rate has increased from around 1.5% to over 3% due to the many new buildings that have popped up in Burlington and surrounding areas. There seems to be a lot of market-rate housing available but it's not helping most people, and the beefed up supply isn't creating more truly affordable housng. There is a large segment of our population who are not eligible for subsidized housing but can't afford Burlington's market rate. The BTC does nothing to help that problem. The housing discussion needs clearer language. The term "affordable" is used far too casually to be descriptive of reality.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 03/17/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Knodell Wins Tight Race to Keep Burlington City Council Seat

It's a sad commentary on the state of the media that a reporter decides to grab something out of context in order to make the news more sensational. I think the real story of a concerned citizen who decided to make a run for City Council against a long term, well funded and political machine-backed incumbent AND got 47% of the vote in that effort, is far more interesting. If reporters were like friends they would ask - what do you mean by that? A deeper understanding would be revealed rendering the "sound bite" version inaccurate.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 03/08/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Two Burlington Council Members Pay a Colleague for Campaign Work

We've got an independent (Roof) being paid by progressive and democrat incumbents (Knodell and Shannon) to manage their campaigns. We've got newcomer, Deane also benefiting from the City Council political machine. Roof even left his full-time job to spend much of the summer and fall advocating for two ballot items involving the Burlington Town Center redevelopment. Weinberger's agenda is providing quite a focus for this cadre of City Councilors. With this kind of political nepotism it's no wonder TRULY progressive and independent voices are hard to come by. It's time to break up this comfy group and bring in new ideas. Vote for Simpson, Winkleman and Grill. With the exception of Tracy and Bushor and maybe Giannoni, we've got a full fledged old boys/girls club on our hands and we are overdue for a shake up.

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 03/03/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Upward Growth or 'Vertical Sprawl'?

The idea that parking is what it in the way of infill development is rather short sighted. For one, Plan BTV suggests there is ample downtown parking but the challenge is letting people know where and when parking is available. This seems easily solved by a good app. Other obstacles exist as suggested by Beck and White, which has me wondering.... why weren't those issues addressed to allow infill/density rather than a wholesale zoning bust to allow over 14 story buildings in the downtown core? I think the Weinberger administration has goals beyond infill or density or even affordable housing.

This quote from Making Cities Livable International offers some insight into what may be driving our current administration: "High-rise provides investors and developers with the biggest return on investment when the economy is strong. Shopping malls and big box retail stores similarly offer large returns. These profits go to wealthy investors, banks or multi-national corporations. [Conversely] Small footprint shops and apartments in a fine textured urban fabric yield smaller profits, spread out among many individuals and businesses in the community."

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Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 03/01/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “South Burlington Councilors Want Airport Buyouts to Stop

Excellent point about Weinberger and Knodell, Chris in S. Burlington! In fact the push for zoning to allow too-tall buildings in downtown Burlington was largely justified by the benefit of increased affordable housing. Those 55 units were touted as a boon to the affordable market. Meanwhile how many houses have been torn down in South Burlington already, and how many more are threatened? The Lily Lane CHT housing is both perpetually affordable, and energy efficient and I understand these perfectly good family homes are threatened as well. Perhaps Burlington is really only interested in housing that increases tax revenues in their city. This suggests more interest in financial gain than a real concern for the affordable housing needs. Until we have a housing solution that is county-wide, we are going to see the Weinberger administration saying all the right words but with little effort toward honestly altruistic solutions.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Amey Radcliffe on 01/25/2017 at 8:48 PM

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