Tag Archive: urban planning

Oct 10

Cities fail in providing the land use needed for transit

I recently ran across this 2008 column that was published in the Idaho Statesman. The original Statesman page is no longer available, but the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho has kept it up (see Statesman reader comments here). While we clamor for more transit, cities like Boise simply haven’t required the kind of development …

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Aug 23

Mentioned in the Idaho Business Review

Many thanks to Simon Shifrin, reporter for the Idaho Business Review, for seeking our firm’s advice in a recent story about Twitter. Simon looked at best practices for handling customer complaints on social media – always a hot topic among clients – and included perspective from Jen Harris (@JenHarris09), project manager for the Boyle Network; …

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Dec 14

Boise streetcar: Good idea, wrong location

These days, the Boise mayor and council seem deeply uninterested in addressing urban decay problems south of the Boise River. Hundreds of Boiseans are at risk of being evicted from rickety trailer parks and hundreds of school children walk to school in dangerous conditions without sidewalks, yet the city is spending huge amounts of energy …

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Aug 11

City, school district drop the ball on Bench historic preservation

For some reason, local governments in Boise can’t put much value on historic preservation south of the Boise River. In the latest news, the Boise School District has announced it will tear down the Franklin and Cole elementary schools. These schools became obsolete after a 2006 bond election, which built new schools and consolidated the …

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Jul 17

Ignite Boise 2 blew many minds

Boise’s second Ignite event was a feast for the mind. Hundreds of people packed the Egyptian Theater to hear 16 presenters discuss everything from brain fuction and entrepreneurism to feminism and how the Eagles destroyed rock music. Rizen Creative and the many other sponsors of Ignite Boise should be thanked for supporting such an important …

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May 15

Anything a train can do, a bus can do better.

Trains have strong romantic appeal, but from a functional perspective, they are hopelessly unable of meeting the needs of a modern sprawling city and its residents’ demand for point-to-point flexibility. That’s starting to sink in, after decades of local planners and wonks hoping for a commuter train system. A story in today’s Idaho Statesman quotes …

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Feb 18

Media need to provide context for transit center

There’s been a lot of emotion but not enough light on the issue of a transit center in downtown Boise. Hoping to get the project shovel-ready to take advantage of a federal grant that expires this year, officials from the Ada County Highway District, City of Boise and the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho …

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Feb 06

Brother, can you spare some transit?

I was fortunate to attend a Fettuccine Forum last night, where a leading urban policy analyst showed the “drive ’til you qualify” trend actually costs people more. Jacky Grimshaw, vice president for Policy, Transportation and Communications at Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology, presented some fascinating studies showing that higher transportation costs more than eat up …

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Feb 04

Time to ante up for power

While I risk upsetting people in the building industry,  I support recent legislation by Rep. John “Bert” Stevenson, R-Rupert, intended to charge new homes and businesses a fee for electrical system expansion. The development industry will likely oppose this measure, but it would be shortsighted of them to do so. Idaho Power is in a …

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Jan 28

Local option for transit is great – IF you have the land uses

Yet in those past 15 years there’s been precious little progress toward enforcing transit-friendly development.

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