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Group discussion at Moving People First Summit

 

What’s LOVE got to do with roads and building healthy communities? Well according to Dr. Richard Jackson and Gary Toth love plays an important role. This is part two of our conversation with these national experts on creating places that people want to be and attacking some of America’s health and environmental issues through collaboration on designing healthy communities.

 

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greenbelt fallBoise and it’s civic leaders have a long history of conserving open space, cleaning up and protecting the Boise River, and providing a wide range of recreation opportunities that many people believe make this small northwest city one of the most desirable places to live. That history goes back decades with countless individuals working collectively to create the Boise we know today.

On October 21st Boise lost one of the civic leaders who had a great influence in creating the Boise River Greenbelt and in preserving the Boise Foothills when Ken Pursley passed away in a boating accident pursuing one of his passions in the Amazon Basin. My guest is Jeff Fereday, one of Ken’s long time friends and colleagues, and we discuss Ken’s efforts to preserve what he loved about Boise and Idaho.

Boise, Idaho. Skyline with foothills beyond in the spring.I also speak with Martin Balben, a representative of the Boise Clean Water and Open Space Campaign on which Boise citizens are voting on November 3rd at the polls. We discuss the ballot measure and how the $10 million will be administered on behalf of Boise citizens if it does pass.

Check out our conversation about Boise’s history of open space preservation, one of it’s influential champions, and the current proposal to continue that work with a new levy.

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JoeRSToday I speak with Joe Swenson the CEO of  NeighborWorks Boise about a new “pocket neighborhood” development in Garden City’s Live-Work-Create District called 36 Oak. NeighborWorks Boise provides housing and services for first time home buyers and is well known for their community service events Rake Up Boise and Paint the Town.

36Oak_Sgl_FamilyJoe and I will discuss the pocket neighborhood concept and how the design and location of the development and others they have in the works are focused on decreasing the cost of housing and transportation creating healthy families and communities. The “pocket neighborhoods” NeighborWorks Boise is developing have a focus on small footprints, Energy Star certification and HERS ratings, walkability, and shared community spaces.

As always, tune in to Building a Greener Idaho at 3pm live on Radio Boise 93.5 FM or 89.9 FM or stream it live on http://radioboise.us/. The podcast will be available on this blog after the show. Thanks for listening!

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Ave BSt. Luke’s representatives join Charlie on the show Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm to discuss the proposed master plan for the expansion of the downtown Boise campus from their perspective. Guests include Jeff Hull, the Director of Architecture and Construction for St. Luke’s, and Theresa McLeod, the Director of Community Relations for St. Luke’s. The third guest is Betsy Roberts who is a Senior Engineer with CH2M Hill who did the Traffic Impact Study (section 5 in the appendix of the plan) to inform the master plan with regards to vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic, planning, and community connectivity.

Do the proposed mitigation plans for bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle traffic adequately offset the loss of connectivity with the closure of one block of Jefferson? What has been the process for developing the preferred “north expansion” option and what are the health care delivery, design, and construction guidelines and constraints that make other options unfeasible? These are just a couple of the questions the St. Luke’s representatives will address.

Last week Charlie interviewed two representatives from the East End neighborhood about their feelings on the proposed master plan. Much of the controversy centers around the proposed closure of one block of Jefferson St. where East End residents can walk, bike or drive downtown instead of passing around the campus through the Warm Springs/Ave B/Idaho/Main intersection.

The Boise City Council will hold a workshop on the latest iteration of the master plan on Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm during the regular evening city council meeting. Public testimony won’t be taken during that workshop but opportunity for public comment will be announced some time after the council workshop on the issue.

Tune into Building a Greener Idaho Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm via 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM Boise, or stream it live on www.radioboise.us. The podcast will be available immediately following the broadcast.

 

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