Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another of the BBW2BABB$: New Starts: Boise’s Circulator Plans

Just another of the "Billion Better Ways to Blow a Billion Bucks" than to waste it on an obsolete from Day 1 piece of Sprawl Enabler like the Bridgasaurus Boondogglus.

Talk of Trolleys Circulates Around Boise
The city of Boise, Idaho's capital and largest city, is contemplating a "circulator" to strengthen its downtown as an employment center, improve public transportation and slow down the rate of sprawl — all goals citizens said they wanted the city to pursue in three citizens' surveys conducted between 2007 and 2010.

Though city officials are reluctant to use the term, it appears that the locals have trolleys in mind when talk of a downtown circulator surfaces. According to Boise Weekly, 54 percent of Boiseans who showed up at an open house last January said they would prefer the circulator be a streetcar route, as opposed to 26 percent who said it should be a bus.

As to where it should go, residents are pretty much in agreement on the destinations it should serve. Those who attended the open house identifiedfour destinations in central Boise the circulator should serve: the downtown core (adjacent to the state Capitol), Boise State University, St. Luke's Medical Center, and the Linen District.

Now the city is asking residents for guidance concerning the details, such as what streets the circulator should run on. Two community workshopsnext week will bring city officials and residents together to review the possible routes and develop recommended alternatives.

This community input-seeking is part of an alternatives analysis launched with a $375,000 federal grant in 2012. According to the Weekly, the citizen-focused process was largely the work of one Boise City Council member who recalled the poor public reception of a 2008 plan to build an east-west streetcar loop through downtown. To date, $563,000 in federal, city and non-profit funds have been spent on the analysis, which is expected to be completed next spring. If enough residents and elected officials are on board by then, the city estimates it would take another year to secure local funding for the project. The soonest construction could start would be the spring of 2016.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

A model for Salem: Corvallis Free Solar Energy Workshop

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

Corvallis Basics of Solar Workshop

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Join us to learn more about solar energy! Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how:
  • How solar works in Oregon's climate
  • Available solar technologies and how they fit into your overall energy use
  • How to assess your site for solar
  • Financial incentives and tax credits that can cover up to 80% of the cost
In addition, Seeds for the Sol founder Julie Williams, a teacher at Corvallis High School, will introduce Seeds for the Sol's unique neighbor-to-neighbor funding model, which is helping homeowners put solar on their roofs by providing them with zero-interest loans. Julie will present some of the homes in Benton County that have installed solar with help from Seeds for the Sol, and explain four ways neighbors can get involved, including:
  • Becoming a Sun Harvester by installing solar panels on your home using a zero-interest loan, which you'll pay back using incentives & tax credits.
  • Becoming a Sun Buddy by sharing your savings and providing a zero-interest loan (repaid in 5 years or less) to help other homeowners in the community put solar on their roofs. 
  • Becoming a pass-through partner by saving on your personal or business taxes and helping Seeds for the Sol install more local solar.
  • Becoming a Sun Supporter by making a donation and supporting Seeds for the Sol's mission to educate, build connections, and reduce our carbon footprint.
Participants will come away with basic knowledge about solar energy systems and will be prepared to do more focused research on their own, start working with a solar contractor, or apply to put solar on their roof with a zero-interest solar loan from Seeds for the Sol.
September 9th, 2014

6:00-7:30 pm

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

645 NW Monroe Ave. Corvallis, OR 97330

This workshop is free, but please  RSVP here to let us know you are coming!

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