When St. Luke’s proposed its expansion and street closure, some adopted an attitude of “why bother ... the fix is in.” They cited entanglements between corporate executives and local government, and deep corporate pockets to buy access to power and media. How could ordinary citizens compete with power like that?
Others trusted the process and those we helped elect. We followed public procedure and researched the proposal and its relationship to Blueprint Boise, our new LIV Boise principles, and the Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative. These reflect our community values; they supersede decades-old- proposals cited by St. Luke’s to justify further unwanted street closures. Our understanding of medicine has evolved over the past quarter-century; so has our awareness of best practices in urban design and connectivity.
Blueprint Boise is clear: “Avoid development of megastructures on superblocks that create either real or perceived barriers to connectivity.”
LIV Boise emphasizes citizen engagement, health and safety, and our connections to one another.
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Energize Our Neighborhoods involves “improving safety ... and creating more vibrant and connected neighborhoods.”
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand that ignoring engaged citizens, community-supported best practices and planning principles could sever connectivity and trust in city government.
We’re better than that.
Erik Kingston, Boise