I wish I had more time right now to respond to this. I live downtown and for virtually everywhere I go I walk. This is just my personal opinion:
If the city council can agree to this, and downtown Boise can actually accomplish those goals I really think it would lay the foundation for downtown to flourish. I love the ambition of it, and I love that they're putting their foot down and saying "Hey, we can do something great here, let's get together and do it." We really have something special in downtown, but there are silly and unnecessary problems holding us back. This is just from my experience: On a lot of roads the cars feel unnecessarily fast making some roads more 'hostile' to walk on than other. The one-ways only encourage more speeding and more jaywalking because people think "hey I only have to look one direction to cross."
Watcher: For what it's worth, from my experience with visitors from all over the country their opinions of downtown are almost universally contrary to yours. This is because downtown has an arena, museums, libraries, performing arts venues, a floatable river, a great nightlife scene, Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, and a major university among many other things within a very close distance.
The bus system need more improvement. I cant drive do to medical conditions. We all can use more busses and longer times. Boise is one of my favorite cities.
All of CH2's Idaho projects should be audited. Starting with this one:
Let's hope Boise city counsel doesn't approve this ridiculous idea. Watcher needs to stop being a Debbie Downer. I have lived all over the northwest and Boise is one of the best places I have had the luxury of living.
It's pretty clear that some folks don't get out (of Idaho) much.
I'm related to Ty and his father committed suicide when he was 1 and his mother has always been a drug addict and alcoholic. The guy never had a chance. He's a drug addict and has no structure in his life. It's very sad.
Downtown Boise is anything but a "bore". Not understanding what on earth might constitute "fun" for you watcher. *shrug*
Too bad you, Watcher, don't enjoy the many amenities downtown Boise has to offer, but try not to rain on the parade the rest of us are enjoying through a lively and already walkable downtown. Instead, maybe you should just let yourself participate by trying out the restaurants, coffee shops, bars, arts venues (museum, movie theaters, Boise Contemporary Theater, etc.), maybe even the library or, heavens forbid, patronizing some of the local shops and the Saturday markets. Try it; you might like it.
Now here's some cutting edge titillating ideas.
'"walkability" guru Jeff Speck suggested that downtown Boise include more pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares'
Walkability has a nice ring to it, but here's the catch: There needs to be a reason that someone would want to bother to walk in the 'Downtown Bore'.
Right now there's very little to draw anyone there, much less get them to walk around.
"institute a "universal" 25-mph speed limit in the downtown core, and re-synchronize all one-way signals to that speed"
If anything, this will only serve to make the current 'Downtown Core' more of a Ghosttown than it is now, by forcing drivers to cruise slowly through the 'Bore' with nothing worth looking at.
"create a city program to officially assign underutilized structured parking spaces, both public and private, to the development of new housing downtown."
Multi-use and increased urban density have had some scattered success around the country.
Again, where this has had the most success is in cities already having some life in their 'Core'.
This "ambitious and unprecedented attempt to coordinate various projects", sounds a lot like just re-arranging the deck chairs on the titanic.
The 'planners' should direct their attention on how to create some life in the 'Bore' and hold off from wasting more tax revenue on various configuration strategies.
Ditto on the busses! Right now the system isn't worth riding!
It's good to see that there's still an occasional Federal judge that is interested in exposing the rampant criminal activity of the Business Class.
From the Home Page of the CH2M Hill website:
World's Most Ethical Companies: 2013
CH2M HILL has been named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" for the fifth time.
If the news gets out on these indictments, there probably won't be a sixth time.
The question is, will any of the previous awards be stripped from them like those stripped from Lance.
Also from their Home Page:
FORTUNE: 100 Best Companies to Work For
For the sixth time, CH2M HILL is named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For."
Now they may not get this award a seventh time, but that shouldn't stop them from being considered a great corporation to work for, especially for those that end up with lucrative contracts and a free legal pass.
Wall Street certainly isn't suffering from any lack of applicants.
Here's hoping the judge follows through with the trial and doesn't end up taking the usual coverup route and let the crooks off with a 'settlement' fine.
The "agreed to pay $18.5 million" looks like it's going to go the way of the TBTF banks.
Criminal.....Justice......No......Not even close......Once again
More chain restaurants, no wonder Boise sucks...
"the National Catholic Reporter called Evangelii Gaudium, Francis' "I have a dream speech."
Let's see now, what was it that happened to MLK after his "I have a dream speech."?
Francis better keep a close eye on his Swiss Guard.
For anyone with two brain cells to rub together, Reagan's 'tinkle-down' theory was always a load of crap.
It's plain and simple Orwellian speak once again, with 'trickle-down' to the masses actually being a 'flood-up' to the 1%.
The next thing you know Francis will be re-instituting the church ban on usury.
Now there's a needed change that would slow the 'flood-up' of wealth to the 1%.
But that would really agitate the Usury Captains of the Business Class.
And we've seen what they're capable of when they don't get their way.
Watch your back!
I would like to see public transportation (buses) routes expanded and access beyond 6PM
As a downtown dweller I would love to see residential street parking permits either available or required in certain areas and neighborhoods, just like they have in other more metropolitan cities.
Guys, you need to get a clue.
If you want to get away with theft, you need to get into 'white collar' crime.
It's where the real lucrative theft occurs.
Petty theft is for losers.
Hook up with a big investment company or a 'Too Big to Fail' bank.
Several of these corporations have gotten away with stealing billions without anyone yet being apprehended or jailed.
They're not only playing the game with a free pass, but taking home huge salaries and bonuses to boot.
Now these are the kind of criminals to emulate.
P.S. Try to also line up some 'friends' in high places.
They may come in handy.
And remember "Greed is Good"
Thanks for posting this George.
This is a prime example of why more and more people are disturbed with the so-called 'Criminal/Justice' system.
Criminal....Justice.....No! Not even close.
One has to ask why it took so long for the AG in Montana to appeal this outrageous sentence?
Just a bit late to have potentially helped this girl before she checked out.
What kind of mouth-breathing moron would the judge have to be to claim that a 14-year-old-female-student "had as much control of the situation" as her rapist?
The teacher was convicted of rape wasn't he?
The judge added that she not only had equal control of the rape, but was also a troubled youth "older than her chronological age."
So, according to this judge, does troubled youth "older than her chronological age" mean having more control?...or...does it mean that the judge had an 'interest' in this girl himself?
Thus, his giving the lenient sentence to a fellow letch?
So she committed suicide and rapist wasn't charged with accessory to murder.... or even accessory to manslaughter. He caused her death as if he had pulled the trigger himself.
The real criminals are these lawyers and judges.
There is no justice in the US, only graft and corruption and we have only ourselves to blame.
His parents must be so proud.
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