The East End Neighborhood Association (EENA) has traditionally supported St. Luke’s, including its acquisition of Bannock between Ave. B and N. 2nd. Last spring St. Luke’s informed the EENA board they wanted to close Jefferson, too. This would create a “superblock“ and further isolate the East End from everything to the north and west while eliminating the most direct connection between Boise’s eastern and West End neighborhoods — all without meaningful input from those affected.
Then on Feb. 9, Boise Planning & Zoning Commissioners rejected St Luke’s application. It seems that on paper, their proposal to close Jefferson to public access goes against what Boise says it stands for: a livable, connected community.
One commissioner observed that despite legitimate public concern we demonstrated remarkable grace toward St. Luke’s — supporting their Children’s Pavilion and expansion. He told the well-paid executives they risked “squandering tremendous goodwill of the community.”
Rather than coming to the table as good neighbors, the tax-exempt, “nonprofit” St. Luke’s launched an aggressive public relations campaign, spending a fortune to confuse residents about real issues. Every ad shouts “community partner” but whispers “taxpayers and neighborhoods don’t matter, because we have all the money.”
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This explains their “antitrust” problem.
Erik Kingston, Boise