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'Growing Garden City' Event Details

Adam Cotterell
Boise State Public Radio
New development along the Boise River in Garden City will likely mean big changes for some longtime residents of the area.

Housing development on Garden City’s riverfront has picked up as the economy has improved.  The momentum is good for local tax rolls, but it also threatens adjacent areas that are home to low-cost housing. Experts say simply replacing that housing stock won't be easy, and that many residents could be displaced with few other housing options.  

We’ll explore the effects of growth and development on the future of affordable housing in Garden City during Boise State Public Radio's next Community Conversation.  The May 14 event is part of our upcoming series "Growing Garden City," which will air May 11-14 on KBSX 91.5 FM.  

Where: Cinder Wines Tasting Room, 107 E. 44th St., Garden City, ID 83714

When: Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Parking: Free

Panelists Include

John Evans is the mayor of Garden City. He moved to Garden City in 1988 and became involved with the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee in 1992. He was elected to city council in 1995 and became mayor in 2006.  He's made a career in the construction industry. He’s overseen the building of residential real estate projects in Ada and Canyon counties. 

William Mitchell is a member of the Garden City city council.  He’s a Washington native and 2003 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. A former Marine, Mitchell has practiced law since 2004. His practices include immigration, bankruptcy, real estate, Veterans’ rights, and Social Security Disability.

Deanna Watson is the executive director of the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority. She’s held the position since 1997. Watson oversees an agency that manages housing programs for than 2,500 families in Boise and around Ada County. She’s been involved with numerous local housing-related boards and agencies throughout her career.  

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