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Re: “Mall Developer to Buy Macy's Building in Downtown Burlington

It's awful for those employees who are now without a job because of the store closing. I have a few neighbors that work there. Still, Macy's is dealing with this problem all over the country. It's not the City's fault that people prefer buying things online.

I hope they tear it down and build 7-8 floors of workforce housing, with first floor locally owned retail. Would be really cool if the Champlain Housing Trust and Cathedral Square were involved in the same way they are for Cambrian Rise.

It's also a shame that no matter if the project is good for working and middle class people or not, the CLC and Rights and Democracy will try to say that this is some scheme to sell Burlington and take away our parking.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JCinBTV on 01/11/2018 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor

1)The city sold an underutilized parking lot to make way for affordable housing
2)The city also just completed a significant upgrade to public spaces along the bike path
3)BT was just sold to Schurz (a family that donates to conservative political candidates) thanks to "progressive" city councilors collaborating with NNE conservative councilors to block the mayor's preferred choice
4)The mayor talked with the UVM about Memorial, they never got to a point where there was any deal, which would've included public input to be approved.

Not saying the current administration is perfect, far from it, they definitely need to improve their public outreach and transparency, but the way progs are playing politics is really disappointing. They are hiding their own culpability on issues like the BT sale, as well as the fact that when they were in control of the Mayor's office all of these issues of affordability, lack of transparency still existed. At least this mayor doesn't pass everything on to the taxpayers.

Also since when is protecting parking spots for gas guzzling cars considered to be progressive value?

37 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by JCinBTV on 01/08/2018 at 9:17 AM

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