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Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

If we join together here in Burlington the proposed big metro design will be defeated at the polls in March in a ballot item, and the farmers' market allowed to continue (with some changes to reflect sensitivity to the Park ecology) while a more sensible "preservation" approach design (likely less expensive!) is developed. That plan needs to incorporate a workable long term farmers' market, perhaps with emphasis on farmers! Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 11/04/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Union Members Dispute Claim of 'Unanimous' Driscoll Endorsement

This really is a non-story. It is routine for union leadership and committees to look over the record of candidates, often with an interview, and make an endorsement. Unions follow representative governance and trustees or leadership undertake the serious business of political endorsements. I did so as a representative of about 1,000 Montpelier State employees Montpelier chapter. Union leadership does not determine how their members will vote but are tasked with selecting candidates best aligned with the union values and interest. Tony Redington, Vermont State Employees Association Retiree Chapter member

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Posted by Tony Redington on 02/17/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Hood's Off: Burlington White Nationalist Attended Charlottesville Rally

Wonder what his view on ceding back American lands taken by force from Indian nations. All of us except for native Americans are immigrants and foreigners. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 08/15/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

One of the recent mis-statements by the Mayor and Sinex says the Planning Commission approved the Sinex project--it not only did not review the project but stated clearly in open session it was not judging one way or the other the zoning change, merely handing back to the Council the question. The important aspect here is that now many these issues will be argued as facts not as opinions. And all can eventually be appealed and decided by higher courts. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/28/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Sinex to Proceed With BTC Mall Redevelopment After Stay Denied

It is ironic that perhaps the most important aspect of the Sinex/Weinberger/City Council design--the valet parking and loss of 500+ parking spaces for the Marketplace-- gets tossed aside at this point in court as it would if ever completed damage the very essence of what Burlington has stood up for decades: insuring the economic viability and strengthening small businesses along the Marketplace. Tony Redinbgton Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/23/2017 at 5:51 AM

Re: “To Veto Budget, Scott May Have to Kill His Own Housing Plan

Sad that the Governor's housing plan and that of Dems/Progressives ignores the true needs today of "livable rents" (no more than 25-30% of income for housing) and "shelter security" (insures cost of housing adjusts to income changes in household from illness, loss of job, etc. VT does not need more housing units it needs help for those without housing or paying too much--most of the housing bond expense does not go to that purpose. No great loss if it doe not go forward. Legislature must step up in face of declining assistance housing dating over a 14 year period. Just some more devolutionary politics from Montpelier. Tony Redington Burlington

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Posted by Tony Redington on 05/18/2017 at 8:40 AM

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

The latest private report shows rental vacancies in "healthy range" of 3-5% (Chittenden Regional Planning figure), first time in a generation--about 500 empty rentals in BTV today!--and likely to grow as student numbers drop at UVM/Champlain, 600 student beds get added at those two by summer 2018, and 75 new units come online at the BC orphanage building, many more at S. D. Ireland on Grove St;--part of over 2,000 units since 2013 building season jumping rental supply in BTV by 20%. Landlords are suffering from no tenants! Rents have plateaued--all without a single unit from Sinex where not one apartment will come in at 25% of a low income household. We need "livable rents" not the misleading "affordables" pedaled by the City Administration which start t $950 a month! Sinex rents if project were ever built--now very unlikely--might nudge into $2,000 a month--we do no know for sure because the rent numbers were censored in the economic study handed out the the public.

Tony Redington http://TonyRVT.blogspot.com

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Posted by Tony Redington on 03/17/2017 at 5:44 PM

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