Burlington’s Housing Challenge

Toward a Livable City with Charles Simpson January 25, 2018 SUNY Plattsburgh Sociology Professor Charles Simpson of Burlington, Vermont’s Coalition for a Livable City and the Burlington Ward 6 Neighborhood Planning Assembly provides his personal take, not endorsed by the Coalition or the Assembly, on matters in Burlington and the…

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The Ward 6 Sandwich, Whose Lunch are We?

Ward 6 is caught between powerful downtown development interests and those of the Hill Institutions. Rather than acting as an honest broker, City Hall and our current council member have sacrificed neighborhood needs. This is startlingly clear in the Residential Parking Study of 2015. While saying it isn’t touching existing…

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The F-35 Question

Toward a Livable City with Charles Simpson December 12, 2017 Charles Simpson, retired professor of sociology, sits down with Jimmy Leas, activist with Save Our Skies, Rosanne Greco, retired Air Force Colonel and Save Our Skies activist, and Carol Miller, of the New Mexico based Peaceful Skies Coalition, to poke…

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The Champlain Parkway – A Road to Nowhere

Toward a Livable City with Charles Simpson November 29, 2017 On this episode, Charles sits down with former Burlington Public Works Director Steve Goodkind and Community Planner Diane Gayer to figure out what the deal is with the Champlain Parkway, a decades-dormant transit project sitting beneath the highway interchange by…

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Who Should Own Burlington Telecom?

Toward a Livable City with Charles Simpson October 30, 2017 Host Charles Simpson welcomes two members of Keep BT Local’s board of directors Alan Matson, board chair, and Megan Epler-Wood. They discuss the future of Burlington Telecom as the Burlington City Council votes between the two final applicants: Ting, of…

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Discussion about Future Uses of a Memorial Auditorium

Toward a Livable City with Charles Simpson September 29, 2017 Charles Simpson sits down with Jim Holway and Amey Radcliffe to discuss the future of Memorial Auditorium in the first episode in their Live @ 5:25 series about quality of life issues in Burlington, Vermont. Charles Simpson seeks a more…

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Burlington and the Threat of Mass Deportations

Mass deportation based on perceptions of threat to national security, without the necessity of proof, were a common feature of the past century. It can happen again. In the 1930s when the economy was in turmoil, as many as 2 million people of Mexican origin were deported in boxcars from…

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Champlain Parkway Project Update

On February 1, 2017, DPW Director Chapin Spencer provided Council with a progress report on the plans for the Champlain Parkway. (Download Here) What’s missing is a financial discussion of two scenarios: The first is the City’s plan for the immediate development of the parkway plus the City-borne cost of…

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Charles Simpson on Burlington Telecom

Burlington Telecom is presently a municipally-owned utility serving Our city. But due to financial mismanagement on the part of the past City administration and a bias toward selling public assets to private investors by the present mayor, BT is “on the auction block”. It must be sold. The question is,…

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Charles Simpson Speaks Out Against Deal Sweeteners

Lets Not Allow Anymore Deal Sweeteners! Charles Simpson Speaks out as City Council Deliberates on the Burlington Town Center and Deal Sweeteners 1. As the Progressive Party candidate for City Council in the South District, I’m concerned about this administration’s preoccupation with “sweetening the deal” in order to net big…

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