I don't see any problem with making certain actions and behaviors illegal even if a particular group, like homeless people, is more likely to commit them. That doesn't make homelessness a crime.
We all know that people who are not homeless but live in poverty and/or live in crime ridden neighborhoods are very much more likely to rob banks/sell drugs/murder people (the statistics prove it) and yet we don't think for a minute of repealing those laws off the books.
Having laws restricting what you can do in a bank, around kids or in sight of the general public doesn't make poverty or where you live a criminal offense. And having laws protecting actions in public parks and thoroughfares doesn't make homelessness a crime.
I have long been opposed to panhandling, and I don't believe in donating to the homeless in that manner. I also think that begging causes a drag on prosperity in the areas in which it occurs, potentially creating new panhandlers. So, I don't think allowing panhandlers and public vagrancy is going to help anyone.
However, if a community cannot figure out how to help its homeless at the same time that it is passing such laws, that is unconscionable. Any laws like this should only be enforceable when alternative arrangements are unavailable. If there is no room at the shelter, the law should be 'on hold'. If the soup kitchens run out of food, or the rescue missions run out of basic supplies of clothing and other items, panhandling should be permitted.
America, all for me! None for you.
Guess you shouldn't have ended up impoverished in the land of plenty. The homeless are America's pariha, the modernday untouchable.
Chobani is a 'bad' player. Do not support them with your $$$ at the cash register by eating their products.
Now State Leadership has even another reason to invest in education and fund the increased enrollment, increased health insurance costs, catch up to the funding levels of 2008-2009, and meet the recommendations of the Education Task Force. Our State continually puts money into "reserves"-and we have plenty - while homeowners are forced to raise property taxes to support schools and some districts are forced to have 4 day school weeks and other cuts. State Leadership needs to support investment in our future especially when we are at the bottom in support for education. - Representative John Gannon
I was nearly hit in the 8th street bike lane by a police car today because the ill-planned bike lane flows in the opposite direction of traffic, and large vehicles were parks in the bike lane blocking the view of intersection, AND the police officer drove through the bike lane while turning instead of staying in their appropriate lane while I approached. Yay Boise.
"It may be premature to speculate why this region is paying more for its gasoline," AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson told the Tribune. He said this trend is similar to last year, too." WOULD SOMEONE TELL DAVE CARLSON THAT MAYBE CONTINUED GREED IS THE REASON!!
Hey Lauren why do elected officials think it is OK to spend Boiseans hard earned tax money to create an urban park? In the downtown core! I have an idea why don't our elected officials try living within the means of their constituents. You and Dave Bieter are running the downtown core in to the ground. Worried about getting people to move here and not taking care of those that are here.
Hey Jewels in Boise think about this: To bring in the young educated people HIGH PAYING JOBS ARE MORE CRUCIAL than bike lanes! ASK THEM! You say if you want them to come to Boise you have to make "them" livable and safe? IS them the people or the city? If your referring to Boise let Dave Bieter and potential Boisean's know your thoughts about how unsafe and uninhabitable our city is. If you want to be around young educated adults move to Seattle, PLEASE.
Justin, I don't know when you've been watching Bannock. I ride that way every day, and am surrounded by other cyclists. Bannock is great, yes, but there also need to be good North/South routes, and while sharing the lane on Bannock works most of the time, bikes are out in the middle of the street with cars with only sharrows for much of the street. Buffered and protected lanes will encourage more new riders to jump into the fray.
The 1 month project with little to no lead up marketing and education seemed destined for failure. I'm excited by the work the stakeholder group is doing and look forward to better bike-friendly infrastructure.
To avoid the Big Oil gasoline price rip-off, plug your Tesla S electric car into your household, solar array. Google and read the "Global Oil Scam." The US is a victim of this scam.
....and now the smoke from these fires is blanketing our skies here in Boise!
55,800? That's it? Seriously?
First off, it takes at least 6 months for people to adjust to the new bike lanes. Those protected bike lanes that ACHD threw up were there for about a month. Yes, it was a complete and utter waste of money. I suggest you do a little research on your own (Google) to find out what other cities are doing that have successful bike lanes. I also suggest that you study up on what it takes to bring younger adults to cities. Boise is behind the lead on this one. Other cities realize that to bring in the young, educated adults to our cities bike lanes are crucial. Cities are regaining popularity. Malls are losing their edge in most areas. People are returning to cities. If you want them to come to Boise, you have to make them livable and safe. Do your research on successful cities. Check out their mass transit, businesses, available housing in the downtown core. Boise is way behind but we have the potential to move forward and make it the most safe and livable city in the country.
So, here is something for the stakeholders to chew on. There is a clearly marked bike lane on Bannock. It's a good one. Clearly visible to the bicyclists and the motorists. I never, ever see anyone using it. It's a ghost town.
I see lot's of bicycles locked up around downtown, I see lot's of people riding in different places. The lane is built, and no one came. Why?
I am not anti bike lane. I love the idea. On the flip side it's just a huge waste of time and precious resources if we build these lanes and they don't get used.
Another quick question I would love to have someone knowledgable answer. I have heard it said that city planners want to keep cars out of downtown areas because they are hard to deal with. How much does it cost for a car trip and parking in the downtown core? Where is the breaking point where is makes fiscal sense to take out a very expensive car lane to replace it with a bike lane? Do the counts we got out of the last experiment even come close? What about the counts on the established bike lane on Bannock?
We be God Fearing Idassissippian, Repulsican, Taliban, White trash and you, Mr. Cope, are a Blasphemous, Infidel, soon to be executed by the Warriors of the Caliphate. May you rot in Hell and Damnation!
This happens every year. Boise natives have grown up knowing not to swim at Eagle Island, Veterans Pond and Lake Lowe!
haters always going to be hating.
"we need mass adoption".... Did this company go out of business yet?
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