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Response to SonderWoman (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 11:45 AM

34. I can respect you may not like Bernie, but this is a completely unfair assessment

Doing your job is being a decent mayor. Here's a few quotes from an article about BS time as mayor:

Under Sanders, Burlington became a magnet for attracting and incubating locally owned businesses, many of which expanded into large enterprises.

CEDO, Sandersís development agency, helped arrange the purchase of the area and provided the capital for irrigation systems, farm vehicles, and washing stations for vegetables. By the end of the 1990s, it was home to a dozen urban farms, annually producing over 500,000 pounds of food for local homes and stores. Today it generates over 10 percent of the food sold in Burlington.

The first key move was support for the Burlington Community Land Trust with an initial $200,000 grant. Now named the Champlain Housing Trust, the nonprofit has over $290 million in assets; manages a portfolio of 2,800 price-controlled houses, condos, co-ops, and rentals; and owns over 120,000 square feet of commercial space and nonprofit facilities.

The coalition that coalesced around Sanders in 1981 governed Burlington for all but two of the next 31 years.

Burlingtonians give Sanders credit for steering the city in a new direction that, despite early skepticism, proved to be broadly popular with voters.


http://www.thenation.com/article/bernies-burlington-city-sustainable-future/

Burlington won most livable city near the end of Sanders tenure. He wasn't just "doing his job as you say". He took an ordinary city with a disgusting waterfront and steered it into being one of the best places to live in the country. In the process he created tools like land trusts that have become main stream for major cities to use in the fight for affordable housing. Of all his accomplishments, it's my opinion that what Bernie did as mayor is a blue print for what he'll try to do as President.

I don't post this as a committed Sanders voter. These are facts that can be read in multiple places. I'll do another search in the next week or so for HRC. I'm sure her accomplishments are impressive as well.

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