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critikboy 
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Re: “Former Burlington Bottle Redemption Center to Become Recording Studio

Another compassionate, reactionary comment from Paco DeFrancis... the bottle bill provides extra money for a lot of poor folks, New Americans, etc... we collect cans at work and donate the proceeds to Camp Ta Kum Ta... kids collect and redeem bottles for their cub scout troops, school field trips, etc.... sure... get rid of it!!!... DeFrancis is the mayor's appointee on Burlington's Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board... good to see that he has such a compassionate outlook for all of Burlington's citizens... he should resign his position... or the mayor should be made aware that he is pretty heartless...

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Posted by critikboy on 07/21/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Burlington Business Owner Buys Blodgett Oven Property

Weinberger says "I find him to be someone who is fully committed to the community, quite generous with his resources and his time and has made some real contributions to Burlington..."

How generous has Mr Scully been with his resources to the mayor and his various funds promoting development?

What's the over/under on how long before the zoning is changed to accommodate residential housing?

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 07/10/2017 at 10:13 PM

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

I find it very disturbing and actually pretty offensive that Paco DeFrancis expresses his belief that "not everyone can live in Burlington"... Mr DeFrancis is a relatively recent resident to this city and has what I assume is a good paying job at one of the major employers. So why should he care about people who make less than him? So his attitude of if the artists don't like it then they can just leave for other towns is just part and parcel of those free market thinkers who believe that only the fittest should survive. What is more disturbing about his prevailing attitude is that he has been appointed by the mayor to be the mayor's representative on CEDO's Community Development Block Grant Committee. So I must assume tat the mayor and he hold similar outlooks on the role of artists and their value to the community. Artists do indeed add to the tax base Mr DeFrancis. They are one of the reasons Burlington maintains its character; the character that attracts people to it to spend tourist dollars; it makes Burlington an interesting place to live, far from the sanitized version of a playground for the well to do you would rather have it be. If you are unwilling to support all of its citizens, then I suggest you resign your post as the mayor's rep on that committee. The mayor's development agenda is fracturing this community; most notably shown by Mr DeFrancis' casual and mean spirited disregard for these artists and his embrace of higher end development. He should resign his seat on the CDBG.

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Posted by critikboy on 05/02/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

A comment from someone who uses the German word "wahreit" which can translate to the English "truth"?!?... English not good enough for you, Heinrich?... if you don't want to use regular English like a good 'Murican then you can just giiiiit out!!!!

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 03/24/2017 at 7:48 PM

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

Once again, opponents to this plan are made to appear to be opponents to any and all development downtown. Not really the case. They just have valid concerns about this particular plan, its assumptions and the process which helped push it through. I won't argue the overly simplistic understanding some people have of supply and demand when it comes to housing that has been bandied about through this whole process; more housing does not always mean lower prices.
My one real suspicion through this whole business: This plan started out as a promised 250 million dollar development. Then after Sinex analyzed the "prohibitive" cost of putting the parking underground he refused to do so. The cost: around 50 million dollars. This was the start of the problems because the extra layers of parking above grade created the mass and height concerns that opponents dislike and caused the developer's "requirement" for the zoning change or else he was going to walk. During that whole fight, the development investment was scaled back to 200 million bucks. Now I am seeing that's back up to 250 million? Is this correct? I just find it a little suspicious that the difference between what he would spend at first, and then wouldn't spend, and then now will spend again, is almost the same amount of money that he didn't want to spend on the parking that caused all the fuss in the first place...Classic bait and switch.

12 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 03/15/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “UVM Proposes $80 Million Athletic Facility on Campus

It's the right place for it... Jeff Schulman will do a fantastic job shepherding the Athletics Department through this exciting time... the mayor can be gracious... there was never going to be enough space/parking in downtown Burlington for a facility the necessary size... and were South Burlington voters really going to raise taxes to make it happen at the U Mall? My only concern is what plan will bubble up for The Gateway Block; one that includes public uses? or will it be dominated by higher end housing?

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 02/03/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “At Caucus, Burlington Dems Back Progressive Council Prez Knodell

I understand why he wants to create a narrative of a Progressive Party in disarray. He and his handlers are ambitious and cutthroat political operatives. It will be easier for him to get his various development projects through (and the private profits that will come for a few) if there is no one questioning them, a number of which will be announced very shortly.
Weinberger-developer, Joan Shannon-real estate agent, this new guy Richard Deane they want on City Council? architect... notice any pattern here. It's vested interest that will be sold as "expertise."
One more reason not to like Mayor Weinberger. His arrogance grows and grows. It's bad enough that he's generally trying to transform the town into a playground for the affluent. But when you question any stance he has, you are branded as some sort of fringe reactionary. Many who questioned the Sinex Plan were questioning the Sinex Plan and its underlying assumptions and the perhaps overly rosy future outcomes on which it was based and sold to the public; not development in general. But there he goes again trying to paint anybody who disagrees with him with a broad brush. Such inflammatory and derogatory language towards a large number of Burlington's citizens who voted No to the Sinex Plan and the 22 million that is going to help pay for it is uncivil. He should apologize publicly. I have always thought he was a bit of twerp. My thoughts have been confirmed.

36 likes, 74 dislikes
Posted by critikboy on 01/13/2017 at 6:58 PM

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