April 2017

What was really at issue in the recent Burlington City Council races? Not a difference of opinion about tall buildings, but a crisis of Democratic process, a scandal of conflicts of interest, and the need to decentralize the power of the City Council so that the interests of the people come first.  Democracy should serve … Continue reading “April 2017”

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February and March 2017

The Burlington Re-make The Weinberger administration and the Burlington planning establishment have used every tool available to government to support development by means of “creative class” gentrification. The term was coined by Richard Florida to denote a minority of workers who add value to the urban economy through their ideas and designs rather than making … Continue reading “February and March 2017”

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January 2017

I feel like I am losing friends over this election, worse than 9/11. Is it my problem? I don’t know. Am I the one who is being unreasonable? My mom is so depressed about Trump that she is shutting her phone off. I thought the whole thing was kind of comical. This obviously made things … Continue reading “January 2017”

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December 2016

Editor’s note: The Coalition for a Livable City is a Burlington grass roots group fighting for a more robust participatory democracy and against private-public partnerships that derail citizen determination of their future. The following is a narrative of the Coalition’s most recent battle to bring due diligence and proper democratic process to the city’s attempt to radically … Continue reading “December 2016”

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October 2016

Going Green! For the politically dispirited, there is hope, if only a thin and silken thread. That hope is expressed in the nearly 70-page platform of the Green Party U.S. and the candidacy of its nominee for president, Dr. Jill Stein. Progressives now feel, with some justice, abandoned. For the past year we gathered around … Continue reading “October 2016”

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September 2016

Emerson, who apparently expressed mirth with at most a wry smile, was unsettled on his first meeting with Margaret Fuller to find himself laughing loudly at the witty brilliant things she said.  Her earthiness, her energy, her great learning, her embrace of the physical and dark energies of Dis-cord would both fascinate and disturb the … Continue reading “September 2016”

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August 2016

“Don’t say there is no water. That fountain is there among the scalloped green and gray stones, it is still there and always there”. –The Fountain, Denise Levertov In 1994 the City of Burlington installed a fountain at the top of Church Street. However, on April 15, 2013, in Abracadabra fashion, they proceeded to demolish … Continue reading “August 2016”

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July 2016

From the July Issue: WALL/MALL/ALL German culture has always been a light unto the world, sometimes brightness, dazzling, sometimes darkness, visible. The 1930s and the subsequent war years are particularly illuminating about what it means to be human. Hitler and his devastations are so extreme that to speak about them with reference to today becomes … Continue reading “July 2016”

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June 2016

The history of America may be told as a long drawn-out battle between the ideals of utility and beauty. Our break from Mother England, although ostensibly in the name of freedom of religion and self-rule, was also inevitably a rejection of the culture and beauty sponsored by Old World aristocracy. Here in New England, we … Continue reading “June 2016”

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