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

It's weird to hear someone complain about both housing prices and efforts to build more housing in the same comment. Housing demand is high, housing supply is low, thus high prices. You can either reduce demand or increase supply to cut back or stabilize prices. Increasing supply is what the town center redevelopment will do, which is a pretty unmitigated Good Thing for housing access in Burlington.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 03/15/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Diminishing Democracy? At Kirby Town Meeting, the 18 Percent Rule

Town meetings were a mild curiosity and a background detail of life in New England for me until I took one of the last senior seminars taught by Frank Bryan at UVM. It drove, as intended I believe, a re-evaluation of the nature of town meetings and their importance to democracy for all of his students.

Local governance tends to be championed on the right, and viewed skeptically by the left as tool primarily for advancing an illiberal social agenda. But research (including my own, during the course) shows that local control reduces spending while improving the quality of government and its responsiveness to the specific needs of local residents. If we want the villages to work for the villagers, then Vermont needs to restore and maintain the tradition of meaningful town meetings.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 03/08/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “'Til Death Do Us Pay: Legislators Consider Divorcing Alimony Law

It's strange that Seven Days didn't attempt to get the other side of any of these stories, despite noting their absence. It also doesn't mention why the VSC would decline Fleming's challenge, or provide any information about why others speaking at the hearing failed to convince the courts to revise their payments. Whatever your opinion on the topic, those would be interesting and important details for this story.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 03/08/2017 at 4:54 PM

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

My observation, unlike Chris, is that the meter changes and growth in private paid parking lots has made it drastically easier to find a parking space downtown. Lots outside the downtown core with public or mini-mass transit links to downtown are the next evolution in Burlington parking.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 02/22/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Hundreds Rally in Burlington to Support Refugees

Donna Boutin, ignorance is indeed a problem. It's worth noting that the Tsarnaev brothers are from a country not on the banned list, and the home nations of the 9/11 attackers are also mostly not part of the "ban". The problem people have with the ban is that it is indiscriminate in the ways that matter and discriminatory in harmful ways. The US already performs intense background investigations of prospective refugee immigrants, but no system will ever be 100% perfect. Of course, natural born white Americans kill far more people every year than refugees ever, ever will. Fundamentally, Trump's ban is a gift to his racist supporters and those who are too afraid to consider facts and reason.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 02/03/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Opinion: Judge Rainville’s Soft Racism

This is a really strange column from Judith Levine. She ignores the fact that the initiating call was a false report intended as revenge. No erratic driving occurred, as Louard was likely aware.

Yes, he was driving under a suspended license - a fact that would not have been discovered, incidentally, without a false report. Nor would Louard have been caught "driving under the influence" with a BAC that 10 minutes later would have been under the legal limit and likely did not impair his driving even at .09.

It's not outrageous for Rainville to complement Louard for reacting well after being stopped under effectively false pretenses. Many others, white or black or Christmas red and green, might not have.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 08/16/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Trial and Error: What Went Wrong in the McAllister Case

Fred - it doesn't seem unreasonable for a prosecutor to decline to base a case on the testimony of an accuser who has been granted immunity to the consequences of lying during that same testimony. When that is disclosed to the jury, how can the jury have faith in the accuracy of that testimony beyond reasonable doubt?

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 06/23/2016 at 1:10 PM

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