Not like other guys, until you get to know me.
This development and anyone living there will be forever cursed. When the market goes south (which it will), we'll see another zombie subdivision sprouting weeds and neglect through broken asphalt where wholesome food was once grown.
We never know what someone has been through before they are assigned refugee status; the stories I've heard make me grateful for my place in the birth lottery. Fear of the unknown is human; but so are curiosity and compassion. It's worth considering how we want to be remembered or judged for our words or actions. Thankfully, most Idahoans I know are good people.
"Alaskry was among nearly a dozen Iraqi interpreters who told The Associated Press they were taken off planes or were told their flights were cancelled after Trump's order, which also banned refugees from Syria indefinitely.
The ban outraged combat veterans who credited the Iraqis with saving their lives. The Pentagon recommended that Iraqis who had supported the U.S. mission be let in."
Gotta love these guys...
Great article, Harrison. It should be pointed out that U of I is agnostic on the Cooper Court or homeless coordination; this was merely a student exercise in addressing the most basic human needs for personal safety and protection from the elements through design. These concepts could easily be adapted to provide shelter for any internally displaced individuals or families, whether as a cause of natural or economic factors.
There are many approaches to providing housing and shelter options, the city is moving forward on a few fronts, and the Boise Alternative Shelter Cooperative (http://www.basc.space) is exploring a model well established and supported in Eugene, OR by http://www.squareonevillages.org.
Great effort by the architecture students; they were able to tour Coopers Court and interview residents, some of whom were able to see the presentation and results of those interviews. Good luck to everyone involved.
This is devastating news. I know how hard everyone has worked to create this well-loved treasure. I hope the community turns out to support folks who gave so much to make this a reality.
Many entities are needed to create a lasting solution...city,county, state, private and nonprofit interests—especially housed and unhoused citizens. Boise's local homeless summit is a start. Bashing city hall is sport for some and livelihood for others, but doesn't create bed spaces or housing.
It takes developers willing to build housing at a range of price points and sizes, land (donated) and political will to create sustainable housing markets. It takes jobs—and sometimes treatment. The current favela undermines health and safety of everyone involved; those doing and dealing drugs or endangering children undermine support for an exit strategy.
Boise isn't Eugene or Olympia, but folks in those communities have at least put egos aside and stopped suing/arresting one another long enough to paddle the canoe in the same direction for a change. Boise has a similar opportunity; a local nonprofit needs a temporary (8-12 months) site with few conflicts and access to transit, preferably fenced with R-2 or compatible zoning. Property owner would have clear and sober terms, including protection from liability.
See www.thevillagecollaborative.net for examples, and watch http://tinyurl.com/n4x93vg to learn how it's done. If you have land, email email@example.com for details.
When you reward ultimatums, you ask for more ultimatums.
A vote for this expansion was a vote for more traffic, corporate monopolies and higher health care costs, and against Boise's legacy of citizen engagement and informed planning. City council sacrificed an entire zip code of very real constituents for a handful of conceptual magic beans.
If there was ever any question about the outcome, watching council members filter through the throng of hospital executives, glad handing and patting each other on the back made it clear: this entire process was theater, designed to let city leaders justify their actions and seem to be pursuing a public process.
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