Paco DeFrancis | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Paco DeFrancis 
Member since May 4, 2016

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Updated on January 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM


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

Congratulations to Mr. Jacobs for his recent purchase of this property. I wish him the best in his endeavors. Hopefully the DRB/BTVCC will stay out of the way and let Mr. Jacobs find the most market-efficient use of this space. Whether that's apartments, tech offices or a drug treatment center we should let the market run it's course. Low-rent "artist" studios provide very little benefit to Burlington and generate very little economic activity that can be captured via income and sales/use taxes. Letting the market decide will provide the biggest benefit to Burlingtonians.

As for the artists? There's plenty of vacant warehouse/factory space in many of Vermont's formerly industrial towns (think Barre, Springfield, St. J, etc). Hopefully the artists can move into these cities, make use of vacant real estate, and can ultimately spur the same revitalization and creative renaissance they have in the South End.

Not everyone can live in Burlington. Let's let market demand/supply more efficiently allocate real estate assets. No reason to subsidize artists through regulations/zoning when there's space for them in Barre, Rutland, etc.

Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 04/30/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Backs Paid Family Leave

Auditor Hoffer,

We are not talking about U-3 employment. We're talking about the labor force decline of ~360,000 to less than 345,000 that occurred under Shumlin's governorship. I find that statistic you mentioned misleading as you're referring to jobs under the U-3 employment definition, but might not meet U-6 criteria (under employed workers willing to work more hours but unable to find full-time employment).

Your comment is another illustration of progs and dems unwilling to acknowledge the poor economic results realized under their leadership, and continuing to revert to "job growth" talking points. Concern is not the number of low-wage foodservice jobs, but the decline in our state's skilled labor force.

Regardless, this bill is nothing more than a disastrous insurance mandate. Without 0.93% payroll tax, Vermonters can actually afford to build up their own rainy-day fund and take leave in such situations.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 03/21/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Spacious New Digs for Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea

How did this place possibly get an Act 250 permit? Traffic on Rt 100 between Stowe and Waterbury is already horrendous.

The legislature needs to audit Washington County's Act 250 commission. Growth should occur closer to the interstate where there's less impact on traffic and environment. Vail buying the ski operations, businesses like this expanding on Rt 100, and the continued growth of Stowe as a 4-season tourist destination will only provide fuel to further environmental and traffic problems plaguing the corridor.

Growth is great. But growth's gotta occur closer to the interstate and our village centers where there's existing infrastructure to accommodate additional traffic. Expanding Rt 100 to four lanes is too expensive.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 03/20/2017 at 12:16 PM

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

The CLC and other members of the opposition should listen to Director David White. Time and time again they have said "there are ample parking lots in downtown and the Hill Section where in-fill development can create 270+ apts." If it was financially viable to build apartment complexes on parking lots, developers would show interest in that. Between inclusionary zoning and the parking requirements it is unfeasible to develop these sites.

We can have IZ and parking requirements, or we can have small, in-fill development on parking lots and single-story retail, etc. We will not see development under current regs until market-rate rents reach the levels of Boston and SF.

Also, yes, becoming a "mini Boston or NYC" is exactly the direction we should move in as a city.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/26/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders' Spandex SmackDown

Senator Sanders has been available and reaching out to his constituents (us) through Vermont media outlets. Bernie Lange did a great interview with on Local 22 on Sunday (…).

Perhaps he doesn't make himself available to childish zealots who write rambling and biased articles like John Walters?

16 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/08/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Have You Moved Into or Away From Vermont Recently? Why?

Six reasons why people leave Vermont:
-Lack of jobs and too many far-left radicals in the statehouse
-Lack of jobs and too many far-left radicals in the statehouse
-Lack of jobs and too many far-left radicals in the statehouse

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/03/2017 at 8:54 AM

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