Included in the $12 million design fee for an $85 million library is a $40,000 study completed by Boise-based Vitruvian Planning.
We note Chris Danley is the founder of Vitruvian Planning and is a former member of Boise City’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
In an unbiased report, IDAHO PRESS reporter Margaret Carmel offers some results of the study which included travel to Salt Lake City and Bozeman, Montana by the consultant. Cost of the survey was buried in the overall architect fee. She reports the city fathers and mothers are aiming to make us all healthier.
Here’s what the GUARDIAN took away.
–Boise folks are fat, underpaid, underinsured, trend toward mental illness, suffer from homelessness.
–If we spend the big bucks for a library the best designs would include lockers for the homeless, desks without chairs, streets without cars, covered bike parking, obscure elevators, and “exciting” staircases.
The report claimed Boise has a 28% obesity rate and 16% of us suffer a week of bad mental health days per month.
Bear in mind there has been no permission from citizens to spend any money for a library project, despite a pending ballot measure and state law requiring approval of public spending.
Surveys like this along with the free spirited public spending obviously drive folks mad and cause them to pig-out on junk food!
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