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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

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

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