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Re: “Petunias and a Parklet: Cities Get Creative in Bids to 'Calm' Traffic

Look, sidewalks provide mobility along a linear path. But eventually, people need to cross roads and streets at intersections. These intersections, where the paths of people and vehicles come together, can be the most challenging part of getting where you want to go, safely. If pedestrians cannot cross the street safely, then mobility is severely limited, access is denied, and walking anywhere is discouraged.

If people driving say they can't safely negotiate these turns with the bump outs in place, how could they drive safely before when the space where the bump out is now placed was filled with a parked car? The planters & bollards are all lower and easier to see through than a parked car, so both the driver and the pedestrians can see each other.

This isn't rocket science. Regardless of whether you're riding a bike or driving a car, the final part of your trip anywhere in town is likely on foot. We're all pedestrians, and infrastructure like this just makes sense for everybody.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 08/23/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Bike Share Launches in Burlington, Winooski and South Burlington

@Barbara, there is a more affordable option: Greenride for All provides $5 monthly or $25 annual membership for income qualified residents. The program also includes a cash payment option for those who do not have a debit or credit card and membership sign up help.
More info here:

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Posted by liamgriffin on 04/12/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Bike Share Launches in Burlington, Winooski and South Burlington

Bike share is a huge community asset that I hope people appreciate & support. $50 a year (or $25 for qualified people) is a small price to pay for access to affordable efficient transportation. Kudos to the folks at CATMA for getting this off the ground. I'm really looking forward to Phase 2 of the roll out when we'll start to see more hubs that serve the different neighborhoods in Burlington.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 04/11/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Opponents Threaten to Derail Burlington Project

"Among the coalition members is Steve Goodkind, a former director of Burlington's Department of Public Works, who said he oversaw the project plans for 15 years" - so if Goodkind was in charge for so long, why didn't he fix it when it was his job to? The fact that he's now involved in a lawsuit to stop this (and other things) from happening in Burlington is laughable. Maybe somebody needs to remind him that he lost the Mayor's race a few years ago since he seems to be trying to run this city from behind what seems to be an endless number of lawsuits and protests.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 04/04/2018 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Burlington Officials Face Backlash After Repairing Potholes Without Public Input

Surprisingly accurate for a satire piece. Kudos to Parmalee for pointing out that the opponents to the changes on North Ave seem to care more about their commute times than the safety of their neighbors.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 07/10/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Burlington Man Turns Waterfront Rocks, Driftwood Into Public Art

This is not my comment, but I share this sentiment & feel like leaving up piles of "art" in a natural environment is a bit off putting.

"I am an avid stone balancer. I teach classes on the art form and give presentations on it regularly. I published the first widely available guide book on rock and stone balancing. I love this art form and want to see it grow.

However, I am very concerned about the practice of leaving stacks of stones littering natural areas. There is a large worldwide community of stone balance artists who share this concern, and who practice a leave-no-trace approach in creating our temporary art. We build our balances, take some photos, and then dismantle. We strive especially to avoid disturbing natural and protected areas"

I might suggest that the artist consider that the people knocking over his works are not necessarily troublemakers. They might just prefer the waterfront left in its natural state.

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Posted by liamgriffin on 03/31/2017 at 7:33 PM

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

If, as stated in this article "Coalition members argue that it's possible to make Burlington a more densely populated city by constructing three- to six-story mid-rise buildings on parcels that today languish as parking lots or function as gas stations or single-story retail establishments." Then why did the Coalition oppose any new housing development in the South End? There are plenty of single story retail establishments that have been redeveloped in the South End in recent years, all of which could have been multi story mixed use, but due to the continued protests from the CLC and others, there is no new housing allowed in the enterprise zone.

If the CLC supports three- to six-story mid-rise buildings, why all the opposition to the BC redevelopment, which fits right into that mixed use sweet spot?

CLC members consistently say they aren't against density or development, but then oppose any project that arises where density changes or development happens. You can't have it both ways...

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Posted by liamgriffin on 03/02/2017 at 2:15 PM

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