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North End

Smart Growth For North Ave.

This is the letter to the editor I wrote to the Free Press in response to their article on the development downtown behind Bank North...

The development behind TD Banknorth is , as Brian Pine said, "a great example of smart growth." Using the limited space we have in Burlington and creating spaces for a wide spectrum of use is in everyone's best interest. However, while it may reduce some of the pressure of housing development for rural areas, Burlington's New North End will likely continue to face a great deal of it.

The good news for New North Enders is that the land where the DMV currently sits would be an ideal spot for repeating the type of success enjoyed downtown for (senior and?) affordable housing if the land were to made available. It's adjacent to a successful and diverse commercial plaza as well as the bus line and Leddy Park. Because of the size of the land and its location in a neighborhood activity center, the number of homes created could be more than twice that of the development downtown.

When needs are met with with opportunity, the City of Burlington should do all it can to encourage a successful solution. I think this project can also be a solution for the New North end and for Burlington.

Side ramp for Rt127 on North Ave.

I am very concerned by the ramp being closed. Since it has closed I do not see how anyone can safely cross as we almost always have a green arrow. Meaning we have right of way not the person trying to cross. I have also seen trucks to big to make the turn, cars that cut in front of cars coming off because they feel they can. The ramp was supposed to be a survey to see what effect it had on traffic. It is done, open up the ramp.
Another part of this is that the only people we really have helped by this are the first 5 houses on that side. I have watched them plow snow into the road,shovel snow into the road and snowblow snow into the road on to cars driving by.

Neighborhood Planning Assembly

NPA Meetings give citizens a chance to to voice their concerns about their neighborhoods with their neighbors so that they can have a collective, and therefore more powerful voice in City Hall and with the City Council.

 In Wards 4 oand 7, NPA Meetings take place on the third Thursday of every month and happen at the Heineberg Senior Activity Center. The Activity center is the smaller building to the west (left) of the large main housing complex.

To catch up on all of the past, present and future events of the 4&7 NPA Meetings, check out their website


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