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Lynn Martin 
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Re: “Opponents of Burlington City Hall Park Redesign Speak for the Trees

"City Hall Park is currently a nasty, unattractive place that is oftentimes little more than an outdoor homeless shelter, populated by people who won't even make room for pedestrians to pass on the walkways. Fix the park."

The writer of this comment is making the assumption that the new plan will fix the behaviors he deplores.. The city has, among other tweaks, taken out a goodly number of the benches, put metal dividers on the benches that remain, and taken out the chess tables to discourage drug abusers and the homeless. Now they want to put unprofessional commercial eyes in the Park to monitor behaviors, and keep Farmer's Market in the Park with some modest adjustments. What could possibly go wrong? Keep the Park Green wants to upgrade the Park in keeping with the historic neighborhood in which it is located, AND put professionals in the Park to monitor those who would be disruptive.

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Posted by Lynn Martin on 03/08/2018 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Opponents of Burlington City Hall Park Redesign Speak for the Trees

In response to BTVong above:

"The worst enemy of the trees and grass in that park is not climate change - it's the lazy, homeless-by-choice thugs and addicts who spread their tarps and tents on the ground.

The tree huggers ought to switch their focus and go after the real problem: the bums in the park who come to Burlington, the socialist capital of the northeast - to collect welfare."

The lions share of the damage is done by Farmer's Market, which we would like to see taken entirely out of CHP, either to the surrounding streets, or more preferably, relocated to Battery Park. Additionally, Keep the Park Green is very aware there are behavioral problems in the park. To this end, we have suggested using some of the $3 million dollars the City wants to invest in the park "upgrade" (which will kill the historic park so many of us love), and pay for a full time ranger during the busy months (off-season availability would need to be considered as well).. This would be far superior to having eyes on the Park from those staffing the coffee cart, etc... Also, we would like the the City to provide more more appropriate housing for the homeless. Many have issues with mental illness, and we do a miserable job providing adequate services for them.

12 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Lynn Martin on 03/08/2018 at 2:40 PM

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

Let me get this straight...let's say I'm on City Council. I accept monies from another counselor to campaign for her. Then my subsequent CC votes are supposed to be unaffected when that counselor wants me to vote aye or nay on upcoming issues???

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Posted by Lynn Martin on 03/03/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Higher Purpose? Council Approves Zoning Change, Sends It to Voters

“When we say no to more housing again and again, we don’t force out of our community ... the rich people … The people we’re forcing out when we say no and no again are the poor and the disenfranchised." The mayor has finally come clean, gentrification is a go, poor people need to go.

In response to VTPolicyAnalyst.. the two are conflated because there is no way to separate them. It's called spot zoning when the city's zoning is changed like this to accommodate one developer. If we stay within PlanBTV, we do not get the uglee building you see.. that because there is no above ground parking, and we get a human scale livable city.

16 likes, 37 dislikes
Posted by Lynn Martin on 09/30/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Artwork Mocks Burlington City Officials for ‘Drinking the Kool-Aid’

Cutting edged humor.. we need more creativity to offset the boorishly unimaginative humongous BTC design that threatens Burlington to start a city wide too tall buildout. We deserve better,

24 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Lynn Martin on 09/16/2016 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Council Approves Preliminary Agreement With Burlington Town Center Developer

Now they are going to try to put the vote to approve the TIF in August.. when turnout is the lowest.

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Posted by Lynn Martin on 05/03/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Mayor, Developer Reach Agreement on Burlington Town Center Redevelopment

My understanding (which could be flawed), it that Burlington will hold a vote in November to approve the 22 mil in funds and if the initiative does not pass, the whole deal is off. Does anyone know of this? It would be nice.... if we still had a say that mattered.

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Posted by Lynn Martin on 04/21/2016 at 4:48 PM

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