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Marble Steps Here
Friday, April 18, 2008
Picking up on Senator Webb's comment from the last post...The last, best place to put the marble staircase from Battery Park to The Waterfront is here:

Zigag design. Lots of plateaus with benches to rest and look at the lake. Lots of landscaping, trees, flowers and art. Maybe the city could liscence a gelato cart for one of the plateaus.

Does the city own that land? I think we do. Anybody know? Everybody on board with putting a gorgeous marble staircase between Battery Park and Waterfront? We set that as a goal, get design proposals, pick one, then start building it. If the city can only afford say, ten steps per year- that's cool. They're marble. As long as we stick the plan, the city could have the steps in as few as 100 years. But I think people would donate privately to see this project made real. I'd personally donate $10.

There's a way for government to lead without taxation. It can show the way, and give people a choice. (That's a choice whether to donate to the steps or not, not whether or not the land gets used for the steps.)
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:07 AM  
7 Comments:
  • At April 18, 2008 11:22 AM, Anonymous Charity said…

    I always thought there should be stairs there, too, Haik. I also love your idea of voluntary funding. I think the money could be raised. I think enough people would support the idea. This is the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we need in government.

     
  • At April 18, 2008 11:24 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Thanks Charity!

     
  • At April 18, 2008 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    build them and tax only the residents of the New North End.

     
  • At April 18, 2008 7:24 PM, Anonymous Ivan Jacobs said…

    awesome!

    I bet Moulton and Steele would throw down some cash on this; it'd increase their property values.

    You should start a foundation to collect the money.

    are you still un/under-employed? you could be the executive director of the BP>Waterfront Marble Staircase Dream Fund.

     
  • At April 18, 2008 8:38 PM, Anonymous was i elected to this position? said…

    Yup, thats the spot. Nice pic.

    Tax NNE residents only? Farrington Park and Franklin Square too? Cuz, you know, ALL the NNE is rich. Oh wait...

    Anyway, solid idea. Good use of the land. Gets me thinking of the land between Leddy and North Beach, and between North Beach and the Water Front. What's the story with all that? Alot is still undeveloped, which seems....odd these days. I assume the city owns it all? Not to say it should be developed, but its odd that much of it just sits there:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=burlington+vermont&jsv=107&ie=UTF8&ll=44.489495,-73.229156&spn=0.01344,0.040169&t=h&z=15

    Anyway Haik, I commend your suggestion of more hands-on, citizen participation in making Burlington a better place. I think we depend on government and business too much to be active. Government is too slow and...you know...governmenty, and business, as we know, doesn't always have the most altruistic goals.

    Power to the peeps.

     
  • At April 19, 2008 8:30 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Great comments, Senator. I actually thought the NNE comment was facetious, like they were a NNE Resident who felt over-taxed and under-serviced- making the comment in a way they think a Prog would. Hard to read the tone of a comment sometimes.

    I actually did run this idea by Melinda Moulton one time, Ivan. I called in to her show on channel 17and made the suggestion. Yes. And she did seem to like it a lot. Yes yes.

    Radio show from 10-11am this morning (Sat.), guest stars Matty and Koko!

     
  • At April 19, 2008 9:56 AM, Anonymous i once dodged sniper fire said…

    Ahhh, if that's the case, I retract my statement. You can't expect me to remember everything at 60 years old. It was my (non)elitism shining through. Perhaps a shot of (Canadian!!) whiskey and beer will set things straight with my constituents....

    Anywho, keep plugging on this.

     
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