I agree with Erik Kingston’s letter of July 14 on St. Luke’s, adding that we should remember the City Council will be gone when negative impacts become evident (mostly true for Downtown Business Association also). Both groups want the money now.
Commuters as a group are extremely smart. They will find any and all alternative routes crowding residential, business and other streets avoiding Avenue B; now there are smartphone apps. I lived up Shaw Mountain Road for 21 years and now six years downtown; “B,” Fort & Reserve have always been challenging morning and evenings. It will get worse.
Reopening Bannock seems specious. It’s the entrance to the hospital, ER and the main walkway to/from parking. If reopened, it will be a slow and dangerous route.
“Closing Jefferson will save critical seconds for patients.” That may occasionally be true for a few patients who develop critical situations after admitting. If rushing to the ER, they may now be several minutes slower. There are surely alternatives.
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I find this project one of arrogance and political shenanigans based on entrenched power. It, in my opinion, has little directly to do with patient care; that is a “front” which those directly involved hide behind.
ACHD, please save Boise.
Jeremy Gray, Boise