Our country's cities have a vexing problem with the 'homeless issue.' Somehow, our government(s), both federal and local need to come up with solutions that do not 'criminalize' being homeless, but give them the assistance leading to skills that will bring them out of their particular situations. Sadly, so many of the homeless are there due to mental illness (another poorly addressed issue in our society).
Tami, why don't you carry a concealed handgun to shoot the rats with? No rats ran across your feet, and you know it.
Jessica, This article goes a long way toward offering the kind of journalism that is sorely needed during the increasing shift to feudalism in this country. Even though the comments from Greg Morris of the ACLU were added at the end, it’s important to have his viewpoint presented, since he clearly outlines the underlying motivations driving this project.
Nationwide there is a concerted movement by cities and the business class that controls them to come up with ways to displace their increasing number of homeless, with the ultimate goal being driven by the ‘Out of Sight Out of Mind’ mentality. Wherever and whenever possible, the public relations marketing jive for displacing the homeless is gift wrapped to appear as a benefit to the community, when as outlined by Greg Morris, the real goal is to create a situation that makes it easier to criminalize and kick the homeless out of town.
This sort of gift wrapped obfuscation usually works, since the typical citizen would prefer that the homeless are ‘Out of Sight and Out of Mind’ and this gives them something to ease their conscience, and avoid taking a hard look at why homelessness has grown so much.
you know I have sympathy for everybody just displaced but it really is out of hand taxpayers who are trying to be part of the community and make it better I really offended by the disrespect and the http://trash.oh/ I work late and when I walk home and I mean it's late early morning and I watch people going to the dumpsters literally then drag it all back to under the bridge for what ? I mean it wasn't like it was scrapped metal it literally just was trash for what I don't know. nothing in life is free cant rent an apart for free When I walk home from work it's often scary that is the only way I can go without going 1 mile out of my way don't feel like I should have to divert my route--and it is a daunting and you do feel out numbered and itis kind of scary it should not be like this it's not supposed to be like this people-one night I walked home and 2'RATS came racing over my feet from their trash-doesn't that violate the health code
I'm Lori Wright, President of the Boise Skateboard Association. In the last few months, we've had a tremendous opportunity to partner with both the City of Boise and the Joe and Kathryn Albertson Foundation to rebuild Rhodes Park. I am concerned that some have insinuated that our purpose in rebuilding and improving Rhodes Park is to displace the homeless. This could not be further from the truth.
The City of Boise works to assist the homeless on a daily basis by providing temporary shelters and other resources. The Albertson Foundation has given over
$600 million dollars to improve education in Idaho and has donated millions of dollars to local food banks and shelters. All parties involved are actively involved in seeking solutions to assist the homeless.
Our motivation is and has been to improve Rhodes for skaters. Rhodes Park will be a world class, beautiful skatepark for all. We are grateful to be working with JAKAF a and the city of Boise in bringing the Rhodes rebuild forward.
I'm sorry but I don't see this renovation creating a park where "families" will go to enjoy anything. I think a skate park would be better served built out in the open and not remain under an overpass. Also, money needs to be put into more homes and shelters for the homeless that is increasing daily.
Personally I have had enough of "take care of the homeless". I live across from the mission. They have some "rules" and they enforce them. The greater population live by rules, don't we? I'm really tired of Boise homeless advocates. Take a look at the real problem. I think it is a tragedy that skateboarders be subject to this very real problem. Would you want your kids to go to Rhoads park? Take a drive to 16th street , 24/7, I drive past there daily on my way to work. Would you feel safe walking on the sidewalk under the connector? What do you do, pretend not to look, or have you been there lately. I see this to be taxing on the police and fireman as they are there regularly.
"No one said the word "homeless" during the Boise City Council work session on Feb. 10 . . ." we read in the report. That is the first and most important word that should have been said, regardless of how one feels about giving skateboarders a legal place to break their necks.
Pushing out the homeless? Is it not the other way around? A homicide and now a strong armed robbery nearby plus the rude territorial aggression from some of the dwellers puts many on edge. One might defend this human's right, but they'd doubtfully invite them into their own doors.
I am moving to Nampa, can not wait to find some Bullfrogs, yummy.
Ditto. My family has hiked Dry Creek a million times and has always tried to cross the creek (over and over again) as gingerly as possible. It's very helpful to understand the impact each of us hikers has when do take so seemingly harmless a step into a creek--any creek. Thanks to Tim and to Chris and doubtless many more for working so hard to protect this one spot on earth and the creatures who dwell there. (It makes me think of all those car ads where one car after another boldly plunges into a creek or river...)
"Recreationists." Now there is a stupid euphemism if I ever saw one. "Selfish destroyers of Nature" would be a more accurate description. Idaho still has natural lands, even wildnerness. Let's protect these places from the people who can't find joy and rejuvination in it without the use of expensive, destructinve equipment, especially the kind with wheels. And, oh, Mr. Flynn, the gray hairs will come sooner than you think. Idaho does not need your condescension.
Not all people who can afford $16 and two drinks are classy - and vice versa. Eco-racist.
Where are these facts coming from? Corey was trained by Ryan Neptune. Ryan is actively building out events and OWNS terrain parks. RYAN is the number one park builder "Terrain Guy"
Never fear! Idaho River Sports will continue to be open year around from our location next to Quinn's Pond! We've been assured we will have access and the Boise River Park is a short trip across Quinn's Pond. Parking at the store will be for customers only, but feel free to contact us with any questions as well. Thanks!
Excellent article, thanks. As someone who has loved to hike upper Dry Creek and enjoyed the pristine scenery and "illicit" mood of hiking an unofficial trail, I'm glad to see it will be properly maintained and protected for years to come. Special thanks to Tim Breuer and all his efforts on behalf of the trails in our area.
Colin Fletcher wrote about his hike on the PCT in the 1958 book 'The Thousand Mile Summer.'
Very good book that led me to a lot of fine back packing.
It is a great location for a skate park--a redesigned and built world class facility will be fantastic! As for the homeless, when the funding for psychiatric care, half-way houses and support services to help the mentally ill and destitute was eliminated, the only logical conclusion was that they'd end up in the street. The bridge is the closest "shelter" to remaining homeless services. We need to address the needs of the working homeless, jobless and mentally ill as well.
Thank God for this grant. it will be a huge relief to all of the members in our community that suffer due to the apathetic behavior and lifestyle of persons. I am so happy at the thought of this piece of downtown RETURNED to all of us who live here. my concern and my neighbors concerns are that they're going to move down into our neighborhood and we guarantee you if that begins we will do everything in our power to make it stop..Albertsons thank you
It is refreshing to see that our Idaho delegates to Congress are working on this issue and hope to get it overturned soon.
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