Charles Simpson for City Council Ward 6

I’m running for City Council in Ward 6 to enhance the quality of neighborhood life and strengthen economic vitality.

As a Burlington homeowner for 20 years, I’ve seen rising taxes and unmet social needs. Our beaches are often closed, our lake polluted. Where more mass transit and peripheral parking is needed, officials tried to commer-cialize curb use in residential neighborhoods. After public discussion, Plan BTV set a height limit of 105-ft. downtown but our elected leaders approved structures that could reach 175-ft with roof infrastructure. Effective public stewards wouldn’t have allowed Memorial Aud. to close due to decay, then try to solve the problem by passing it to UVM for a hockey rink. In the midst of a housing cost squeeze, our mayor and council promoted student housing downtown, not an increase in the inclusionary zoning formula. With a mile of the Champlain Parkway completed to divert truck traffic, the City let it rot unused for 20 years. It’s time for a change! I’m an activist with the Neighborhood Planning Assembly, Co-Clerk at the Quaker Meeting, former site coordinator in the Community Gardens system, and for 34 years a professor of sociology. I’ve worked to defend Hill neighborhoods against commercial-ized parking. With the NPAs and Coalition for a Livable City, I helped organize Housing and Open Space Summits at Contois Aud. As part of the Pine Street Coalition, I’ve sought to maximize the economic potential of public land now slated for an unneeded expressway, while enhancing the Englesby Brook estuary.

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In Council, I will:

Defend our resident-only parking system, promoting peripheral parking garages and better mass transit.

Work to open the built segment of the Champlain Parkway retaining access to Pine Street.

Seek to enhance the affordable housing formula for new, large developments.

Pursue lower property taxes by ending public subsidies for private developers via the TIF program and/or land deals as with the private marina, the Town Center, the Eagles Landing dorm, and Cambrian Rise.

Maintain Memorial Auditorium as a public resource supporting arts, cultural, and youth programs as well as the winter Farmers’ Market.

Develop the recreational potential of the Barge Canal area and other open spaces needed for the treatment of storm water and the preservation of our lake.


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Champlain Parkway Project Update

Champlain Parkway Project Update
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Charles Simpson on Burlington Telecom

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Charles Simpson Speaks Out Against Deal Sweeteners

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How Can We Lower Property Taxes?

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