Downtown Boise

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Parking in Boise can be a headache for drivers headed downtown for a morning stroll at the market or an evening out. But what if instead of competing with other drivers, trees and benches were taking up those spots?

Boise Mayor David Bieter’s vision of a streetcar in Downtown Boise may be moving closer to reality. The Idaho Statesman reports the Capital City Development Corporation is setting aside almost $600,000 in its next budget for a Boise “circulator.” Where’s the money coming from?

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  • Is the Boise Streetcar getting traction?

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The downtown Boise boom in residential real estate continues. Another new apartment building is slated to join the growing list of construction projects in the city’s core.


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The Boise City Council created a new historic district Tuesday evening. Located on the fringes of downtown, the designation for the area is another step in protecting a stately home many considered threatened in the summer.


Downtown Boise To Test Curbside Pick-Up And Drop-Off Zone

Oct 31, 2018
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Because of the increasing congestion downtown Boise faces on weekends, the city has decided to launch a pilot program with the goal of increasing safety for people getting in and out of cars.

 

 

Boise City Council Revisits Grove Plaza Transfer Deal

Oct 11, 2018
Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

At a Boise City Council meeting this week, councilmembers doubled down on taking over the Grove Plaza from Capital City Development Corporation. Members reconsidered language in the transfer deal.


The Boise City Council cleared the way for another residential development in the heart of the city. The building will be the third from a Los Angeles-based developer.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Downtown Boise’s arts district is getting its own art installation. An intersection near the homes of Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho is set to get a makeover.

Downtown Boise Association

Boise’s 32nd annual Twilight Criterium will take over much of downtown on Saturday with about 350 cyclists expected to compete. This day-long event will bring several road closures to the area.

Development In Downtown Boise Slated For Update

Jun 27, 2018
Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

A building along downtown Boise’s bustling 8th Street is getting a facelift. The home of several downtown restaurants and a nightclub, the Capitol Terrace is in the midst of shedding some years.


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New parking rules go into effect Thursday in downtown Boise. 

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Idaho’s first cider house could become a reality later this year.

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After a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Dave Bieter, Boise City Council is moving ahead with proposed parking changes downtown.

 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Capital City Development Corporation recently received a study it commissioned looking at options for pedestrians and cyclists along the busy downtown streets of Front and Myrtle.

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Longer enforcement hours and higher rates could be coming for downtown Boise parking meters early next year. A proposal from the city would mean visitors would no longer enjoy free parking at meters on Saturdays in the downtown core.

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Hospitality has been doing well in Boise. With the completed construction of two hotels and a third on the way, Boise’s hotel service is on the rise.

The owner of the Inn at 500 in Boise, Brian Obie, celebrated the launch of Obie Hospitality with a ceremonial flag raising that revealed the new company logo. Obie Hospitality only operates two hotels right now: the Inn at 500 and the Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Oregon, but he says more are in the works.

Proposed Parking Garage For Downtown Boise

Jun 23, 2017
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There’s talk of a new parking garage being built in Downtown Boise. With parking in short supply, the garage could help ease the struggle of parking Downtown.

With new buildings coming in and a rising number of offices in Downtown Boise, there’s always a need for more parking. According to BoiseDev, Old Boise LLC plans to address the need with a proposed parking garage on the block between Grove and Front, across the street from Trader Joe’s.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The Grove Plaza in downtown Boise has been undergoing renovations for many months and is finally set to re-open. On Wednesday, the plaza opens with its first session of Alive After Five, the city’s summer concert series.

 

 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Rhodes Skateboard Park in downtown Boise officially opens Saturday. The park has been around since the early 90’s, created by Glenn Rhodes, a former Ada County Highway commissioner.

The park recently got an upgrade, paid for by the Albertson Family Foundation and the City of Boise. It’s been open to skateboarders for a while and is packed full of kids every day.

1905 photo courtesy of the Idaho State Archives & Library

A group of dedicated historians and preservationists are working to educate people and protect downtown Boise’s historic architecture, one weekend at a time.

The non-profit group Preservation Idaho has started up weekly tours of the city, called WalkAbout Boise.

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After nine years, a beloved arts event in downtown Boise is coming to an end. Modern Art (which takes over the Modern Hotel Thursday evening for the last time) began at the height of the Great Recession. Now, the hotel staff says it’s time to retire the event – but not without one big final party.

Downtown Boise Association

The hashtag is #ShopSmallBoise, but the Downtown Association hopes Small Business Saturday translates to big money for shops and restaurants.

“Shopping local and shopping small businesses is a way to keep your community vibrant," say Karlee May of the Downtown Boise Association (DBA). "Having that exciting atmosphere to go shop in – and to remember that the small businesses need your support just as much as anybody else.”

Guy Hand

Photographer Guy Hand is fairly new to creating timelapse videos, but you wouldn't know it looking at his most recent production. He posted a video highlighting well-known Boise hotspots last Friday on Facebook — but from some surprising angles. The video became quite popular over the weekend, with almost 18,000 views and hundreds of shares.

Two Changes To Driving In Downtown Boise

Oct 14, 2015
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Drivers in downtown Boise Wednesday may find their commute a bit different. Two streets, 13th and 14th, went from one-way to two-way overnight. The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) did this with four other downtown streets last year; 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th. It plans to convert Jefferson Street next year.

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