I agree with the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission decision against the current plan for St. Luke’s downtown expansion because the current plan will discourage East End residents from walking and biking Downtown. By discouraging physical activity, this plan will be harmful to the health of East End residents.
Multiple studies have shown that urban areas with the highest ratios of pedestrian and bike lanes to land areas have populations with the lowest obesity rates. Lower rates of obesity translate into lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancers. St. Luke’s contends that this expansion will improve health care. Paradoxically, it may result in more residents needing health care.
I hope the City Council takes this consideration into account and votes against the current plan for St. Luke’s expansion. I hope St. Luke’s goes back to its architect to redesign expansion leaving Jefferson open to walking and biking through traffic.
Laura Tirrell, MD, Boise