Today the Boise Parks Dept. announced a move to “increase traffic flow” within Ann Morrison Park by allowing two-way traffic.
That means cars can come and go at either the Capital Blvd. or Americana entrances. Previously there was one-way traffic. The GUARDIAN can remember when the park was a “cut through” and those damn kids used to hang out with their cars which prompted a one-way system with no exit on Americana.
Then there was “the cruise” along Idaho and Main with all those kids again. Now we have a “vibrant downtown” full of bars and restaurants.
But we also can remember when they made one-way streets downtown to improve traffic flow. That was before they made two-way streets in an effort to make the public streets more bicycle friendly and get people out of their cars.
Making the park more auto friendly and the streets more bike friendly is sort of like coming out against a private airstrip in the foothills outside the city limits, but planning a police shooting range in an area subject to residential development south of Gowen Field after spending tax payer dollars to buy a foothills shooting range.
It will be interesting to see how the Ada Commishes handle those two matters.
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