Vision for the Valley: What are readers saying?

January 11, 2009 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

"Boise could become Bike City USA; with all this entails: well-planned, contiguous and safe bicycle routes, laws to protect bicycle riders, car-free streets and paths for both bicyclists and pedestrians. Then Boise could have cleaner air, lower cost of living and more happiness. Less pollution and less traffic would benefit those who do not ride bikes."

KARENA YOUTZ, Boise

"Open space close to home is the cornerstone of a vibrant community and a Vision for the Valley with shelf life.

"Open space provides multiple benefits to communities. It helps provide clean water and healthy streams for fishing, swimming and floating. It helps reduce flood hazard, provides watchable wildlife habitat and connects people with nature. Open space can shape growth patterns that assist in providing clean air. Businesses choose to locate in communities that embrace open space, providing an economic benefit. Healthy activities like walking and riding increase in communities with ample open space. And farmland can provide a source of local food."

TIM M. BREUER, executive director, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Boise

ONLINE COMMENTS

"Dream all you want, I have never before seen as many for sale signs on businesses in this Valley as I do now. What will you sell a broke person?"

"Stop inviting industry that has no roots here, has no incentives to stay here should they find cheaper labor elsewhere. Stop promoting Boise as the next new destination from the expensive living on the coasts.

"Most importantly, we need to develop an economy that isn't based simply on growth."

"You can't lay out a true vision for the Valley unless you start with the understanding that our true future will come from the small businesses not the large ones, and that our cities/towns have got to stop doing things that hinders/prevents their success. Our federal/state/local governments cater to the large and cripple the small."

"Not sure that summit meetings with community leaders will get you anything but more of the same old cliches - more houses, faster freeways, and if it moves or sits still tax it. They all have blinders on.

"We cannot have a quality life with bigger houses, faster cars and imported energy."

I have only lived in Boise since 1997 and have watched the population double. We need to focus on what Boise has to offer. ... Let's not cut our own throats to try and lure in new businesses, everyone needs to pay their fair share."

"The combination of housing and transportation costs requires well over 50 percent of most household incomes. We need to focus on housing that is affordable to folks who still work for a living, and close to the workplace. Affordable housing is a wage subsidy for local employers, and is increasingly seen as an indispensable part of a community's infrastructure.

"The vast majority of housing units built in/near urban centers in the Treasure Valley recently is priced out of reach for those who keep a community functioning, safe and healthy. Think first responders, nurses, teachers, etc. The farther we commute, the more strain is placed on transportation infrastructure and our airshed."

"Why can't people see that despite some minor problems, these people moving here have brought with them a lot of good as well? And why must our vision of the future revolve around going back to the 1960s before anything existed anywhere in this state, much less in the Valley?"

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