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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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Gene Callan from GBD Architects out of Portland and his college friend Stan Cole from Cole Architects here inGene Callan Photo Boise join us to discuss downtown housing and sustainable design. Downtown housing was the topic featured at an Urban Land Institute Idaho District Council breakfast event that brought Gene to Boise.

GBD and Cole collaborated on a development proposal for CCDC’s 9th and River property, (they’re proposal wasn’t chosen) and are pursuing other opportunities in downtown Boise together. Gene has extensive experience working with developers in Portland on sustainable projects that create a sense of place and fit in their neighborhood context. Stan is involved with ULI Idaho District Council and has a broad range of design experience from commercial to multifamily housing.

With Boise City’s goal of 1,000 new downtown housing units in the next 5 years we are likely to see a few different housing developments pop up in our community.

Tune in Tuesday, July 22nd for our conversation with Gene and Stan about downtown Boise housing, doing the small things well, and designing sustainable buildings and systems that people can experience and that help create place. We’ll talk about some of GBD’s past and current projects including the EcoDistrict Hassalo on Eighth in Portland.

As always you can tune in live at 3:00 pm Tuesday on Radio Boise 89.9 FM, 93.5FM or stream it live at www.radioboise.org

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Dr. JacksonRecently Dr. Richard Jackson visited Boise as a featured guest for the Creating Healthy Communities Summit and I was lucky enough to grab him for an interview on Building a Greener Idaho. Presented by High Five! Children’s Health CollaborativeSt. Luke’s Children’s HospitalSt. AlphonsusCOMPASSIdaho Smart Growththe YMCA, City of Boise Parks & Rec and others, the Creating Healthy Communities Summit brought together professionals from the health, planning, development, transportation, education, business, and governmental sectors to discuss the issue of how to design and create urban, suburban, and rural infrastructure that facilitates healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is host of a 2012 public television special series titled Designing Healthy Communities.

Tune in Tuesday, May 6th at 3:00 pm on 89.9 FM or 93.5 FM for our discussion with Dr. Jackson regarding his silo-busting, happiness, and imagining more healthy communities. As Richard’s Boise tour guide, our Executive Producer “Scot Something to Say” joined me for the conversation.

Click the link below to listen to the full podcast of our interview.

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Tune in today for my discussion with Ron Hixson and Hans Glenn with Earthcraft Construction about an upcoming straw bale building workshop and Earthcraft’s history of green building. Earthcraft completed a LEED for Homes Gold certified home in the Boise foothills back in 2007. Are you curious about the details of straw bale construction or green home building in general? Tune in to learn more.earthcraft

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