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Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

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.

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Posted by watcher on 02/23/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

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

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Posted by Tamike000 on 02/22/2015 at 4:55 AM

Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

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.

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Posted by Lori Wright on 02/20/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

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.

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Posted by Judy Taylor on 02/18/2015 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

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.

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Posted by on 02/18/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

"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.

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Posted by boi22toy on 02/18/2015 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Renovation Plans Fronted for Rhodes Park

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.

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Posted by chris on 02/18/2015 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Frogger

I am moving to Nampa, can not wait to find some Bullfrogs, yummy.

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Posted by Paul Spitzer on 02/14/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Hiking Beyond the Trails

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...)

Posted by Hobart Swan on 02/03/2015 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Changing the Terrain

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"

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Posted by MaidenBoise on 01/26/2015 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Hiking Beyond the Trails

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.

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Posted by jkaram1 on 01/07/2015 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Local Hiker Treks Span of Pacific Crest Trail

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.

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Posted by rodnchance2 on 12/17/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “USFS Rethinks Film and Photography Permits

It is refreshing to see that our Idaho delegates to Congress are working on this issue and hope to get it overturned soon.

Posted by Jerry Branson on 12/03/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “It's Not About The Fish

This is a great heart felt story, thank you. I don't know how many other fishers use fishing as a way to cope but with the popularity of the sport I think there are a few, I didn't really look at it quite like the story and you have provided me with a concept of what fishing can do for others.

Posted by Dean on 12/01/2014 at 12:50 PM
Posted by Chuck Woods on 11/26/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Pretty Faces Kicks Men Out of the Picture

Everything about this project is awesome. See y'all tonight! Pre-funk with Snow Bunny Magazine at TapHouse. After-party at Whiskey Bar. Lots of vendors including Greenwoods, Little Ski Hill Terrain Park & Idaho Snow Sports Association (freeski club for kids). Gonna be epic!

Posted by Sam on 10/29/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Round the World: Part III

That's impressive... and maybe a bit crazy! I've ridden from Boise as far as Minnesota and Iowa, but never in such a compact amount of time, and on a larger motorcycle. And based on my much-more-limited experience, I'm thinking the "deadline" traveling would steal a lot of the allure of motorcycle travel. (I enjoy it most when I have to cover less than 400 miles in a day... and preferably 300 or less. Gives me time to stop and smell the roses.)

I have a daughter and son-in-law in Providence, just down the beach from Boston. I've told 'em I'm someday gonna ride out there to visit. But I can't do it in six days! (Well... maybe I could, but I won't.)

Yeah, I hate the superslab, too!

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Posted by bikeboy on 10/15/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Loathsome Dove: Open Season on Eurasian Collared Doves

I have done very well hunting collared doves in Oregon. Check out my youth hunting blog which provides a summary of each state's regulations for Eurasian collared dove hunting -

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Posted by Nick Myatt on 08/24/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Murky Waters

The quote about the Natatorium having only 2 guards is false. That quote is extremely misleading. Also, I would challenge Councilwoman McLean to let go of her sentimentality regarding Lowell. It's run-down, with potential hazards, and not even very well attended. The new design would be fine with some elements of history, but as a modern facility, such as a below ground pool for starters. McLean's suggestion sounds costly and inefficient.

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Posted by sha on 08/14/2014 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Murky Waters

Ivywild has diving boards now?! Hmmm...

Posted by asdf on 08/13/2014 at 7:02 PM

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