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 Auditorium. 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.