RB | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Developer: CityPlace Burlington Project Will Be Redesigned

One of my primary concerns is will the redesign support the TIF bonds? During the original rezoning process two years ago, I heard Jane Knodell say the design for the original project (14 stories) was needed to support the TIF calculations. That was an eye-opening clue for me since I wondered why we needed such a large-scale project. Basically, the project needed a certain square footage to generate enough revenue financially to support debt, TIF repayment and profit for Sinex. I'll be curious if the redesign speaks to the TIF support, otherwise the taxpayers could be on the hook for that.

46 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RB on 07/19/2019 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Media Note: Free Press Owner in 'Advanced' Merger Talks

It's a self fulfilling prophecy. If we don't support local newspapers thru subscriptions and classifieds they can't survive. They'll vanish and we all will be worse off. We need a healthy local press to oversee government and keep an informed public. I agree with many of the comments but still subscribe to the BFP as I see it as my civic duty.

14 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RB on 07/19/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

Oh boy, this is going to get interesting...here we go!

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by RB on 07/16/2019 at 5:05 PM

Re: “An F-35 Preview Shakes Up Winooski

Just another long example of the government evading issues they knew the answers to years ago....we've seen this unfold so many times throughout history. Spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers money on remediation that didn't have to happen, etc. There are more appropriate basings for the F35 than here. And I agree with Hillary Gombar, this is another example of environmental racism. I know the response will be, if you don't like it move....well that's fine for people who can move....environmental racism is about people who CAN'T move. Fly the F35's over the Hill Section in Burlington and the responses would be very different.

19 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by RB on 06/06/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Piss Poor: Burlington Mulls Proposals for More Public Bathrooms

Why on earth the new City Hall Park redesign didn't include bathrooms and how this administration thinks is beyond me. It made sense to include bathrooms in the park redesign.

46 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by RB on 05/22/2019 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Champlain Parkway Construction Could Begin by Year's End

Great news!

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by RB on 05/21/2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Second Chances: Lawmakers Begin Drive for Ranked-Choice Voting

Bring back Ranked-Choice Voting! People might not have like the mayoral outcome between Wright & Kiss but the voting system worked for us in Burlington. I was sorry to see it go. RCV requires voters to think about more than one candidate, eliminates expensive runoffs, allows more candidates to run and not be spoilers, etc. And the candidates have to appeal to broader constituency. It would have been interesting to see how RCV would have performed during our last mayoral election between Carina, Infinite and Miro.

17 likes, 35 dislikes
Posted by RB on 03/06/2019 at 12:07 PM

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