Burlington

Burlington City Hall on a winter afternoon with the U.S. and city flags blowing in wind.
Meg Malone / VPR File

Not every kid learns best in a classroom, and five years ago Vermont began pushing school districts to find creative ways to reach more students and get them to graduation. In Burlington, the school is encouraging some students to learn more about their own city and the lake that runs alongside it.

The site of the Burlington mall in Nov. 2018. Brookfield Asset Management, a partner in the project, is taking over daily operations.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington’s downtown mall redevelopment is months behind schedule and city officials’ patience is running thin. Recently, Brookfield Asset Management — a previously silent partner in the project — took control, a move that has left officials optimistic the project could get on track.

Burlington Police car at night.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

A Burlington police officer has sued the state, saying she suffered three concussions and permanent hearing damage during a training exercise at the Vermont Police Academy.

Burlington Police car at night.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

A former Burlington Police lieutenant who had once been in charge of investigating child abuse across Chittenden County now faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child by the Vermont State Police.

The site of where a new mall is set to be built in downtown Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

If you’ve been in downtown Burlington this year, you’ve probably seen a big empty lot. It's right where a new mall is supposed to be built.

A mall with lots of space for new stores and offices, plus 288 apartments — and at 14 stories, it would be the tallest building in the city. But construction on the big project hasn’t started, and city officials are frustrated by the lack of progress and communication from the developers.

A bar graph showing the number of reported hate crimes in Vermont by year. In 2017 there were 34 reported and in 2016 there were 25.
Data: FBI Hate Crime Statistics; Graph Screenshot: Liam Elder-Connors, via Infogram

Reported hate crimes increased in Vermont last year, according to FBI data released Tuesday. This is the second consecutive year reported hate crimes increased in Vermont. 

A rendering of proposed renovations to Burlington High School. City residents will decided Tuesday whether or not to approve a $70 million bond for the project.
Burlington School District, Courtesy

When you hear about wastewater discharges into Lake Champlain and leaky roofs at public schools, it’s easy to want to see them fixed. But how much would you pay to fix these problems in your community?

Residents in Burlington are considering that question in this election.

Burlington Police car at night.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

The Vermont Supreme Court will hear a case over whether Burlington Police can charge a fee to someone who wants to look at body camera footage.

One of the rooms at the low-barrier shelter in Burlington. The shelter opens Nov. 1 and this year will remain open until June 15.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington's only shelter without a sobriety requirement will be open from Nov. 1 until mid-June, two months longer than previous years.

The Cambrian Rise Development in Burlington. Housing leaders announced Wednesday they were meeting overall housing production goals, but lagging behind on their goals to create more affordable housing.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

A campaign to boost construction of new homes in Chittenden County has had mixed results. The effort has resulted in an overall increase in housing stock, but the campaign is lagging behind on its goal to create more affordable housing.

A screen shot of the BHS "Register" on Thursday, Sept. 13, shows the school paper's article removed and a headline alleging censorship by the administration.
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Burlington High School’s director of guidance, Mario Macias, faces six charges of unprofessional conduct from the Agency of Education. The school paper, the BHS Register, broke the story last week, but for a time you couldn't read it there. That's because within 24 hours of publication, the story had disappeared from the paper's website, replaced with a mostly blank page with the words: “This article has been censored by Burlington High School administration.” 

Bishop Christopher Coyne speaks at a podium.
Andy Duback / Associated Press

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington will cooperate with a task force investigating decades-old abuse allegations at a now-closed Burlington orphanage.

The exterior of the the Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station in Burlington
National Renewable Energy Laboratory / Associated Press

If Burlington is ever able to get its district heating proposal off the ground, the state would not have the authority to regulate the system.

The Public Utility Commission this week effectively ruled against itself, saying that the commission doesn’t have jurisdiction over the proposed heating service.

Members of Burlington-based band A2VT perform onstage
Julian Parker-Burns, Courtesy

From Africa to Vermont: That journey is the inspiration behind the name of the Burlington-based Afropop band A2VT, whose music is a mix of genres, including dancehall, hip-hop and Bollywood. The group recently dropped a new single, and their second album is due out in the fall.

Construction happening outside the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Main Street in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is working to repair damage caused by a water main break early Monday morning.

Demolition on a downtown Burlington mall, seen here in June, began earlier this year. Construction on a redevelopment at the site has been paused for several weeks.
Henry Epp / VPR

Earlier this year, a mall in downtown Burlington was mostly demolished in order to make way for a mixed-use development that would include a 14-story building, which would be the tallest in the city.

A rendering of the proposed renovations to Burlington High School.
Burlington School District, Courtesy

Major renovations might be on the way for Burlington High School. On Monday, the City Council will hear a proposal for the $70 million bond that would pay for the work.

Catherine Flaherty does a one-handed handstand on top of pedastal on Burlington's Church Street.
Carolyn Shapiro / For VPR

If you’ve ever stopped to watch a street performer and dropped a few coins or dollars into the hat, you might think it’s just chump change. But many of those magicians and jugglers work the streets as a full-time job – and manage to make a good living at it.

looking up at an Elmwood Avenue street sign
Ari Snider / VPR

According to initial test results from the Environmental Protection Agency, levels of airborne chemicals in Burlington's Old North End neighborhood are below those considered dangerous to human health by the federal government.

Sailboats at the dock at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.
Ari Snider / VPR

In Burlington, one of the surest signs of summer are the small white sailboats messing around on Lake Champlain. The boats belong to the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, which offers lessons, youth camps, and special programs all summer.

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