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Sunny Wald 
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Re: “Burlington Voters Will Weigh $21.8 Million Mall-Related Question

Miro Weinberger is successfully selling off Burlington to big developers and friends. The Burlington Downtown that I grew up with since the late 1970's, 1980's and 90's is gone. The mall has been mostly empty off and on since the 1980's, and most of the downtown stores cater to people with larger incomes, tourists and college students. His "affordable housing" is not affordable to the Real Vermonters who have always made Vermont their home and rents will continue to be out of reach for those same people. He has reduced parking availability in downtown and increased the price for what is available. Yet the roads not within the immediate downtown go unrepaired, and poorly plowed along with the sidewalks. He needs to get is head out of the 165ft clouds and take good look at reality. Burlington should be accessible and affordable for everyone not just those who have money to spend. Instead of brushing aside those who wish to keep Burlington from being like any other big city he should really listen and fix what is broken, or move to one of those places he seems so hot to turn Burlington into.

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Posted by Sunny Wald on 09/27/2016 at 8:05 PM

Re: “North Ave Ballot Question Puts City Officials in Sticky Situation

Leave North Avenue Alone!! I grew up on North Avenue. I moved to "The Ave." in 1977 when I was eight years old and lived there except a few years here and there until 1999 when my daughter was nine, at which time we moved out of state. Since returning to the area in 2001. I can easily say the through the years I have logged many miles and hours on North Avenue, and have seen 1 accident, which was not on the stretch of road in question. The last time it was changed there was the supposed traffic test which was a lane change and traffic light added coming on to North Ave. from the beltline. As a regular driver of that change I felt and still feel it was unnecessary and cumbersome. There is no easy traffic flow and the area is in need of repair. I regularly travel North Avenue to and from the grocery store, doctors, dentist and it is a main route for me to my granddaughters school in Downtown Burlington. I travel much of Chittenden County and see many accidents, traffic violations, poor drivers and poorly maintained roads yet I have never seen another accident on North Avenue. The current 4 lanes lessen the traffic back ups that will happen with the proposed changes as well as decrease likelihood of accidents due to drivers cutting each other off during a lane merge. I see and get stuck in that mess often enough on Williston road. Who really wants the changes? A Petition was circulated and from the number of signatures received many people don't want them. Don't mess with something that isn't broken. No Pilot Testing!! Once it happens it stays!!

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Posted by Sunny Wald on 01/25/2016 at 12:22 AM

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