The entire city of Burlington - government, businesses, residents, drivers - will be net-zero fossil-fuel energy consumption by 2030 if they just stick with the plan as described by Mayor Miro Weinberger. Okay, Burlington, show us how it's done - and how much it will cost.
In the latest installment of "Did It Work?", its outstanding series on whether renewable energy-related projects in Vermont are working, VPR studies the proposed Burlington - Rutland commuter rail project. Perhaps it should be called Am-NOT-ON-trak. Well, maybe the $7 million or so allocated by the Legislature will fix that......Read more
The Burlington business community is preparing for the September 20-27 Climate Strike activities.Read more
Burlington's proposed new housing regulations look a like the Sustainable City of the future - fewer required parking spaces, more required energy efficiency, and adding small units to existing homes. Would these changes make living in Burlington more affordable? Or just more PC?Read more
Private investors are lining up to revitalize depressed Vermont cities and towns, thanks to the Opportunity Zone section of the 2017 federal tax reform. Championed by Sen. Corey Booker, the Opportunity Zones give a capital gains tax break to investors. Projects are known to be proposed for Springfield, Barre, Burlington and Bennington, which are among the 16 opportunity zones in Vermont.
Kevin Ellis, an influential, long-time Vermont State House lobbyist and board member of the Vermont Journalism Trust that oversees VT Digger, joins Burlington City Councilor Perri Freeman in saying Vermont should stopping the practice of police carrying weapons. Just put 'em in the trunk, he suggests in his August 28 "Conflict of Interest" blog post.Read more
First, while in Iowa, Joe Biden confused Burlington, Iowa with Burlington, Vermont. Then when he was in Keene NH, he said he was in Vermont.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger calls a city councilor's plan to disarm police "quite unrealistic." Undeterred, Progressive Councilor Perri Freeman says she will present her plan to a new city policing advisory board.Read more
Burlington's homeless people can't hang out in City Hall Park while it undergoes a reno. Instead, some spend their days on Church Street, which some store owners don't like much.Read more
It was 1965, the year the upstart Minnesota Twins defeated the LA Dodgers in the World Series, the War in Vietnam was just heating up, and the manned lunar landing was still four years away, that someone optimistically drew up the plans for the Burlington's Champlain Parkway.