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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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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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As many Boise residents are aware, St. Luke’s Boise has proposed a master plan for the expansion of their campus and are asking for approval of the plan from the Boise City Council. The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission already recommended denying St. Luke’s proposed plan. For some time the residents of the East End Neighborhood directly east of the St. Luke’s campus have voiced their concerns on how the proposed plan impacts both car and pedestrian access. On this episode of Building a Greener Idaho I speak with two East Enders about their perspective on the proposed master plan and how it will affect access to and from the neighborhood. Among other issues we discuss, one central topic is the proposed permanent closure of Jefferson St. which is one of two car and bike routes to downtown from the East End. I speak with longtime East End residents Charlie Honsinger and Deanna Smith about their perspectives on the proposed expansion and their engagement with St. Luke’s and the City of Boise around this issue. Charlie is involved in the Keep Boise Connected group that is promoting Let's Keep Boise Connectedconnectivity and saving public access to Jefferson Street and Deanna is a board member of the East End Neighborhood Association. Part two of the series will be a conversation on April 14th with representatives from St. Luke’s and the City of Boise. The St. Luke’s Master Plan will be considered in a City Council Work Session in City Hall on Tuesday April 14th. No public comment will be taken at that time however the public will have a chance to weigh in at a later date. Tune in to the next show Tuesday, April 14th at 3pm via 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM Boise, or stream the show live on www.radioboise.us. Click the podcast player below to listen to the show.

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