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Inland-Crane-Inc-Boise-Machine-Market-678x381Construction cranes and lane closures everywhere you look- it’s hard not to notice the growth and development occurring across the valley these days. Like it or not our population here in southwestern Idaho is expanding rapidly. But how did we get to this point?

Todd-Shallat-200x300Dr. Todd Shallat, tenured professor of Urban Studies and Community Development at BSU and prolific author (his latest work is “Half the World: Refugees Transform the City of Trees” was released this spring) guides us through the development of the valley’s land, economy and culture over the past 30 years.

Join us Tuesdays at 3pm on Radio Boise at 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM in the Treasure Valley. Or stream us online at http://www.radioboise.org.

Got an idea for a show? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us at buildingagreeneridaho@gmail.com

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I spoke with Erin Sorensen from the Veterans Park Neighborhood Association about an affordable housing development plans for a lot on Whitewater Blvd in Boise’s West End. She is a board member of NeighborWorks Boise  and a housing advocate. We discussed the Sandhill Crane apartment project proposed by the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority and their development partner Affordable Housing Solutions.

The Sandhill Crane Apartment proposal stirred up significant resistance from neighbors who say that there are several reasons the project is not a good fit as currently proposed. Erin explained the nuance behind the reasons neighbors feel this way in the context of the broader neighborhood and the investments being made to infrastructure, housing, and amenities.

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Group discussion at Moving People First Summit

 

What’s LOVE got to do with roads and building healthy communities? Well according to Dr. Richard Jackson and Gary Toth love plays an important role. This is part two of our conversation with these national experts on creating places that people want to be and attacking some of America’s health and environmental issues through collaboration on designing healthy communities.

 

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JoeRSToday I speak with Joe Swenson the CEO of  NeighborWorks Boise about a new “pocket neighborhood” development in Garden City’s Live-Work-Create District called 36 Oak. NeighborWorks Boise provides housing and services for first time home buyers and is well known for their community service events Rake Up Boise and Paint the Town.

36Oak_Sgl_FamilyJoe and I will discuss the pocket neighborhood concept and how the design and location of the development and others they have in the works are focused on decreasing the cost of housing and transportation creating healthy families and communities. The “pocket neighborhoods” NeighborWorks Boise is developing have a focus on small footprints, Energy Star certification and HERS ratings, walkability, and shared community spaces.

As always, tune in to Building a Greener Idaho at 3pm live on Radio Boise 93.5 FM or 89.9 FM or stream it live on http://radioboise.us/. The podcast will be available on this blog after the show. Thanks for listening!

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