A survey as been put out by the @NorthEndNPA asking what residents want for their community. Anyone is welcome to comment on this. I just submitted my comments, which are below. I had trouble with the form, but you can also email them to firstname.lastname@example.org like a did.
The survey: http://goo.gl/gv9Ab5
My responses to selected questions are below:
Either New North End (NNE) or North Burlington if fine. However, people are used to the area being called the “New North End” so I’m not sure there is a real compelling reason to change it. However, I have often wondered about the possibility of the NNE splitting off from Burlington to become its own town and North Burlington could be a good name for it. Basically, we could do what South Burlington did when they split off from Burlington or Winooski from Colchester. They sought charter changes from the state legislature to become their own towns and were given that status.
It seems there would be a growing interest as it seems many citizens are not pleased with the treatment of the city government towards the NNE. Perhaps now would be the time to explore this option further?
Love the Leddy park and beach, and the bike path. We use them a lot during the summer months.
More affordable shopping options such as a department store and lower cost dining and entertainment.
A business association for the NNE is an interesting idea. It could be like BBA.org but specifically for the NNE. I’m a member of BBA so I’m familiar with how they operate. They have a good level of engagement, but are increasingly expensive for small businesses as time goes on, which can hinder micro business from getting involved. If a business organization with minimal fees could be created, it could provide a great lower cost option for them to be able to network.
As a web developer, I would be able to provide website/hosting for the project and possibly be involved in the organization of it if there is desire from other area business people to start one.