NBC 5, The Future of Memorial Auditorium

NBC 5: Community Leaders, Residents Explore Future of Memorial Auditorium

Stewart Ledbetter of NBC 5 reported Mayor Weinberger’s announcement that he would pursue a Request For Proposals process to secure a future for Memorial Auditorium that did not involve demolishing the historic and beloved civic structure. Mayor Weinberger’s statement, released the day before a public assembly to be hosted by the All-NPA (Neighborhood Planning Assemblies) […]

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NBC 5: One Man’s Quest to Save Memorial Auditorium

Renee Wunderlich of NBC 5 included me in a story about the NPA-sponsored public assembly for Memorial Auditorium at Contois Auditorium in City Hall on September 26. See the video here http://www.mynbc5.com/article/quest-to-save-memorial-auditorium/12480254

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Photo of Lockridge by Morgan True, VTDigger

VTDigger: Lockridge to run for Burlington City Council

Follow the link below to VTDigger’s reporting on my announcement to run for City Council. (Thank you, Morgan True!) Lockridge to run for Burlington City Council

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Culture and creativity are our calling cards to the world, opening doors, building relationships and forging connections through sharing stories and experiences. They enable Scotland to deliver its goals of being a progressive, flourishing and innovative society, with a strong, growing and inclusive economy driven by the culturally confident population who live, work and visit here. Culture and creativity helps us be more human, spark spirit and live well. It's vital we continue to invest in them both for the sake of ourselves and for future generations to come.

Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland
242 Main, message to mayors

The Expanding Message: 242 Main Matters

We’ve had some heartwarming progress with the effort to save 242 Main. Here’s an overview: In Burlington, Vermont we have ‘Neighborhood Planning Assemblies’ in each ward. They’re citizen-led components of the city government that meet each month and send their resolutions to the city council. I presented about 242 Main to all of them and […]

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Memorial Auditorium

VTDigger: Neighborhood Groups Want to Set Future of Burlington Landmark

Emily Greenberg of VTDigger reports on the Neighborhood Planning Discussion about a public path forward for Memorial Auditorium. “Burlington had prepared a request for development proposals for the auditorium and adjacent lots known collectively as the Gateway Block. Last year when the University of Vermont announced it would explore the possibility of an off-campus arena, […]

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Memorial Auditorium

NYC Author/Journalist Peter Moskowitz Speaks On Gentrification and Displacement; UVM Professor to Share History of Memorial Auditorium June 30, SEABA Center

UPDATE 7/15/2017: Video of this event is available at RETN. Please join me for this June 30 event. Peter Moskowitz’ book ‘How To Kill A City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood’ illuminated ideas that could help keep Burlington’s growth ethical and fair. I feel fortunate that we have an opportunity to learn from him […]

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Recruiting Service at Memorial Auditorium

“To Those Living And Dead:” A Shipwreck on Main Street

We’re a city that has a long-valued sense of community, in which our successes and tragedies are shared and our human condition informs our decisions. While the city has transformed continuously there has been a constant recognition that as a people, we aspire to be our best selves. In the face of war — in […]

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Alex Pond

Path To Saving 242 Main Emerges: Mayor To Invite Proposals

Burlington may be opening the door to a community-driven solution for preserving Memorial Auditorium… and 242 Main. Today, Mayor Weinberger was quoted by Molly Walsh in Seven Days’ Off Message blog, “The city will now move forward over the course of 2017 with our original plan for an inclusive, competitive RFP for the Gateway Block […]

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Memorial Auditorium

Memorial Auditorium: Refuge, Bastion, Symbol & Statement

This open letter to the Burlington City Council was written for Rights & Democracy with Shay Totten. It is guided by the Fair Development tool that is meant to keep Burlington’s growth equitable among multiple stakeholders, and governed by putting people first.  We’re asking that the city council ensure than an open, transparent and public process is used to guide […]

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Death at 242 Main

A Public Process for the Future of Memorial Auditorium Begins to Emerge

A conversation at the December 13 Community Development Neighborhood Revitalization Committee meeting of the Burlington city council has begun to set a course for the future of Memorial Auditorium that can give us all optimism. See the post at https://medium.com/@jameslockridge/memorial-auditorium-242-main-an-open-letter-to-burlington-vermont-dae5ff3e5631#.hzkncjw5h With thanks to everyone for supporting this petition, I hope you’ll share it tinyurl.com/Save242Main and continue to be […]

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242 Main by Tim Snow

Memorial Auditorium & 242 Main: An Open Letter to Burlington, Vermont

We all share a hope that our next generation is informed, critically minded, self-confident, and empowered to lead with compassion and reason. One of Burlington’s significant cultural achievements — 242 Main — is a beacon of this commitment. We also know that if we don’t step forward to play a role in shaping the future of our city, there […]

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Because more complex and intense intellectual efforts mean a fuller and richer life. They mean more life. Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have enough of it.

Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr.
Get A Grip at 242 Main, by Matthew Thorsen

Seven Days: 242 Main Announces Last Show

Dan Bolles at Seven Days writes about the closing of 242 Main due to neglectful maintenance at Memorial Auditorium. “Memorial is, to use a technical term, a shithole. But it just so happens to be the shithole that has housed 242 since 1985, making it the oldest all-ages punk-rock club in the country. Given the […]

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Marcuse

Guest Post — Reading Marcuse in Burlington, Vermont

Essay by Genese Grill. Image of Herbert Marcuse by Thierry Ehrmann. Note: Artist & scholar Genese Grill helps us take a few steps back from the sapping practicality of our daily political experience; back to where the soul participates in the decisions that shape our world and our relationship to it. Herbert Marcuse’s classic book, One-Dimensional […]

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War on Women at 242 Main, 2014

Saving 242 Main: Where A City Empowered Teens to Make History

242 Main opened its doors in the spring of 1985, establishing itself by a firm margin as the nation’s longest-running all ages venue and, from the start, a youth-driven safe space. Some of this history was captured in 2015 by both Vice Magazine and Seven Days, as 242 celebrated its 30th anniversary. 242 Main has been at the heart of some […]

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The Roses of Heliogabalus

Being Not Less Than Lions

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” — Søren Kierkegaard Some things we hold dear, too fragile to take out of the drawer and risk the kitten will break it; too soft a secret to share, delicate and deserving […]

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…Reputation is founded on integrity — which is not about controlling information, but about acting on it to ensure integrity.

Bill Schubart

The Elevation of Agitation

Tonight I experienced humble gratitude and sense of fraternity that is a rare pleasure. The Hergenrother Foundation welcomed me into the mix of speakers at the Ignite Burlington 2015 event at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, and I gave the statement below, titled, ‘The Elevation of Agitation: Empowering Voices & Remembering Simple Truths.’ […]

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South End Alliance

Guest Post — Embracing The South End ‘Revolt’

Words by the South End Alliance. Photo by James Lockridge. Note: The artists of the South End of Burlington recognized early in a recent city planning process that it was endangering the sustainability of their naturally occurring cultural district. Starting with little to no understanding of the processes that were in motion and threatening their […]

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There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized common peace.

Woodrow Wilson, 1917
Photo by Mark Randall Byland

Velvet Rage & The Quiet Clarion: A Politic Call To Action

Photo by Mark Randall Byland. The BCA board has voted to create permanent voting board seats, narrowing further the opportunity for us to participate in guiding our city’s investment and planning for the arts. The note below was sent today to City Council President Jane Knodell and a few city councilors who’ve been open-minded about what […]

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Double Down: The Burlington Arts Transparency Imperative

From up high above the clouds, looking down, where all the world below seems green and blue and the sun is always shining, the city of Burlington welcomes everyone to participate in important decisions. Public engagement makes city planning and governing processes sparkle. It’s pretty and makes a person feel good. From up close, though, […]

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Ploof, Goodkind, Weinberger, & Guma

Candidate Poll: BTV Arts Governance

On Monday, February 23, I asked Burlington political candidates the question below via email. Answers were requested to arrive by Friday at 3pm so they could be posted here and shared via social media with the wider arts community, coinciding with the final mayoral forum at Arts Riot. Responses have been published in alphabetical order without editing. Find […]

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Aubergine

Burlington Free Press: South End Artists Battle Gentrification

Molly Walsh at The Burlington Free Press wrote this solid article about the fight in the South End of Burlington to understand and resist the commercial, political and zoning forces that are emerging to threaten the spirit of this humming, industrial arts district. I’ve been blessed to witness South End artists stepping up to meet this […]

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