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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Game is Afoot

Our daily paper at home, the Brattleboro Reformer, carried the story this morning. The story is gaining media attention but we must pressure the Town to do the right thing and accept the bid it rejected. Much of the work is already done. My apartment, for instance, barely flooded and the Fire Dept said my building had no structural damage. The Town is now saying it was severely damaged. It all reeks of our Selectboard Chair's campaign to get rid of Affordable Housing in Brattleboro.

Here is a reasonable explanation of what's going on:

Meanwhile I'm launching an email campaign to the Town Officials. Should you wish to weigh in on this class warfare, here are their email addresses:

Barb Sondag, Town Manager
Patrick Moreland, Asst Town Manager
Rod Francis,  Planning Director
Brian Bannon,  Zoning Administrator
Sue Fillion,  Planner

We are being hosed. Please help.


Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Interesting article. I just don't understand why it took so long for all those in charge to be upfront with the residents. They were stringing all those people along with promises that they would be able to go home soon. That is a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

And where pray tell do they suggest all these diplaced persons live now? While they are relaxing in their two story monstrosities without a care in the world, have they given any thought to that?

Austan said...

It's all been a schmaggiggle. The rich Chair of the SB doesn't care how we get gone, just that we do. And he has friends who are legal beagles.

paulg said...

I don't know why, but I had a niggling suspicion right from the git-go that this was where we were headed.
I didn't know the Dick DeGray part of it, but I do know that a lot of undamaged housing in NOLA was razed chasing mostly middle class blacks out of the city. These were replaced with housing for upper class whites. Result?
A much more GOP friendly town.
It is a stretch to see that sort of natural disaster gerrymandering here, but given what a pain in the tucchus Brattleboro has been to the corporate establishment, I am suspicious.

Austan said...

Paul- I think the part that irks them is not getting a tax base from affordable housing.

They build po'folk housing down by the river because rich folk live on the hill- they don't want to live in the gully. Add to that the insurance industry, which is just racketeering since they were deregulated, and we're expendable by law.