I grew up in East Boise and remember when Bannock Street was a through street from Avenue C all the way through town. I also believe there was an Avenue A that was consumed by St Luke’s. Those streets were cut off in the name of progress for St Luke’s Hospital. In 1974 the Bishop’s house was moved for their expansion. Now they wish to block Jefferson Street for their expansion. They own property on the south side of Idaho Street The next expansion will probably block Idaho Street. The folks living in East Boise now are bottlenecked by the location of the Pioneer Cemetery, Donna Larsen Park and Fort Boise Park. St Luke’s expansions will further create traffic gridlock for people traveling west from that area of the city. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, when Saint Alphonsus was located at 508 N. 5th Street, they had the common sense to move to a better location with room to expand. Just because St. Luke’s didn’t have that foresight is no reason to further block traffic through the area. They have a location they can expand at Eagle Road and the freeway.
James McDaid, Boise
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