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Re: “UPDATE: CWI Was Not Required to Get Appraisal of Land

Jill Kuraitis,

Thank you for sharing that valuable link. Page 25 is the 2011 Ada County Assessor value page for the Bob Rice Property, which CWI has agreed to purchase for $8.8 million.

The assessment is for $3,609,700. Where did you get "almost $7 million"?

What is also shown is the previous year assessment. In 2010 it was valued at $4.103,400.

So in fact, this property went DOWN in value from 2010 to 2011.

It went DOWN $493,700.

It is clear that, at least in Ada County, tax assessments are very close to actual market value.

This sale needs to be terminated IMMEDIATELY. CWI will not be able to pass their planned huge tax increase bond with the dark cloud hanging over this expenditure.

Posted by seekandfind on 05/05/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

Apparently nobody in the room, especially the big shot from Miami, is aware that young Idahoans, or "the target demographic" don't often choose to live in downtown Boise, they choose to live in some other state where they can find good jobs. Statistics from the Idaho Department of Labor show more young adults are leaving the state than moving here.
One moment, I'm hearing the lady say people will pay a premium for homes in places with high walk-scores and the next minute it seems the conversation is about those "young people." I don't know a great number of young people who can afford to pay a premium for a home with a high walk-score. In fact, most of the young people I know can't afford a home at all. So it would seem this conversation is a waste of time.

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Posted by RonnieG on 05/05/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Coeur d'Alene Ad Hoc Committee Recommends Bumping Steinbeck Novel From General Reading List

In my opinion kids swear more than adults do these days. I think they know swear words very well and are not surprised by them. And what they see on tv and movies can be dark. Life can be dark. Realty can be dark. These two people on the committee are a bit over the top and I am sure Steinbeck fans are clutching their chests in shock that committee member Mary Jo Phinney would say "the book doesn't belong in the canon of American literary classics.The story is neither a quality story nor a page turner,".

Posted by metoo on 05/05/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “UPDATE: CWI Was Not Required to Get Appraisal of Land

The property was assessed at almost $7 million in 2011. So a jump to 8.8 in four years seems about right. The assessment is on page 25 of this report:

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Posted by Jill Kuraitis on 05/05/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

The article tells us that "Coletta's address zeroed in on what she said should be any vibrant downtown's "target demographic"—college-educated 25- to 34-year-olds."

Ms. Coletta's emphasis here is unimaginably elitist. Why should that narrow group be the "target demographic"? Downtown Boise could not have its high density of boutiques, bars, restaurants, night clubs, and hotels if it were not for the many intelligent, colorful, and attractive people who work in them. This "demographic" is largely without a college education, but it is essential to the functioning and flavor of our downtown. Unfortunately, service providers now cannot live anywhere near downtown because of the high rents they would have to pay to do so. What good is "walkability" if you have to walk from darkest South Boise or Garden City to get to the walkable Mecca?

Posted by boi22toy on 05/05/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Coeur d'Alene Ad Hoc Committee Recommends Bumping Steinbeck Novel From General Reading List

When my kids were in high school, I made a point of reading the novels they were assigned if I had not already done so. Instead of relying on hearsay, I suggest other parents do the same and then TALK to you kids about the books! Talk to your child about the "dark themes" and all that "darn" cussing. Reality isn't always sunshine and roses...and our history and our STORIES have many challenging events that need to not be forgotten. Why did Steinbeck write the story he did? What was happening in the world during HIS time that led to these themes being explored in a novel? Has society changed since then or can these issues still be found in modern life? These are questions that deserve to be asked of and thought about by our children.

By the time kids are in high school, our job changes from protection to preparation for life, and life - like it or not - includes cussing, "dark" themes, awful behavior by one human to another, war, rape, pillage, lies. When do you propose teaching kids about these themes...when they move away to college?

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Posted by teammom on 05/05/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

People will only pay a premium for walkability if they can afford the premium through high-paying jobs. Our wages are a joke compared to the minimum wages of cities that score high in walkability. Raise the minimum wage, and the people will invest more in their communities, making walkability possible because people will spend their money on local goods and services.

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Posted by Jones on 05/05/2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Coeur d'Alene Ad Hoc Committee Recommends Bumping Steinbeck Novel From General Reading List

""The story is neither a quality story nor a page turner," she said. "

yes, yes........yes.....the new hospital up north will be a good thing.........

Posted by Jim on 05/05/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

I think the one thing being missed is the notion that folks will pay a premium for walk ability. We have low incomes in Idaho. I want to continue walking but if you gentrify the neighborhood too much, far less folks who would walk will be able afford it. And we don't want to live in Kuna or Meridian.

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Posted by Marti Bridges on 05/05/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “A New Boise Foothills Levy Could Be Underway

Good idea! The bozos in the ID State Legislature made it more difficult for cities to declare areas for trails, etc. in the last session, so it's gonna be up to us to make it happen!

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Posted by ajax on 05/05/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

Forget "consumer" culture. We want a creative culture. We want a culture in which ideas, love, and passion are manifested, not merely digested. A walkable city is anti-consumer culture in so much that a creation culture puts at the foremost importance the production of things and ideas and social relationships.

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Posted by Irish on 05/05/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

I am so glad that we have people like Coletta and others, who have the vision to make Boise people-centric. Cities should exist first for their citizens, and in doing so, all other good things will follow.

I was inspired by the words of Peter Kageyama, who came to Boise earlier this year at the invitation of the Downtown Boise Association. His vision is first, to love where you live. His challenge to city leaders and planners is to leverage that love by supporting and creating opportunities for others who love where they live to participate in creating community, that is, to create the culture that we all consume.

This is very different than "consumer culture," as alluded to above with "suburbanization" of big box stores, etc. They are shared experiences that enrich our everyday lives through art, music, learning, activities, and events. Moreover, they have a human narrative, and help to connect people and knit the fabric of our community.

Human beings are communal creatures, and have not evolved to survive in a hyper-individualistic, and hyper-capitalist society. Wise leaders and planners will know that to thrive economically, a city must be founded on heart-first, people-first principles.

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Posted by Psycache Ziran on 05/05/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “State of Downtown: 'Boise is Part of the National Conversation'

I am 100% for walkability. Why? Almost every weekend that I walk downtown Boise, I run into friends, colleagues. or old acquaintances. Walkability means community. It means that I can grab a cup of coffee, sit at a patio, and meet strangers who live in the same area, or I can be a representative to those visiting to area. The more we see the people in our community, the more we engage and care about that community. I am a patron to Flying M and Dawson Taylor and Fork and Red Feather not because I can't brew my own coffee or cook my own dinner, but because these places represent far more than goods and services to me- they are vital to the social experience of Boise, and they do good for the community beyond the delicious food and drinks that they offer.

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Posted by CoffeeWithPie on 05/05/2015 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Video: Northern Idaho Police Officer Critically Wounded in Traffic Stop Shooting

actually surprised at the lack of neck posterboy for sure........

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Posted by Jim on 05/05/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “New Child Support Bill Surfaces Which Triggers Special Session of Idaho Legislature

The new bill described here, even if it passes, likely will not satisfy the federal funding requirements. Furthermore, an Idaho bill cannot specify "that foreign countries must have reciprocal arrangements for child support similar to Idaho's." Many of Idaho's laws already are a joke, both within the United States and in other countries, and virtually no country wants any laws similar to Idaho's.

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Posted by boi22toy on 05/05/2015 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Poll: Republicans Angrier at Idaho Legislators Over 2015 Session Than Dems

And yet they keep voting for these clowns. They're unhappy? They have no one to thank but than themselves.

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Posted by Ruprecht the Republican on 05/04/2015 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Why Neighborhoods Matter: Study Details 'Upward Mobility' For Some Kids, Bad News for Others

Most of this is common sense, so hopefully this was a pro-bono effort on the part of the researchers.

As usual, what’s missing is the most important factor in the reason for the obsessive need to achieve economic ‘upward mobility’ in the-land-of-bank-bailouts, and that is a result of the fact that the economic system is fundamentally a class divided capitalist system, with a trickle down of welfare to the lower classes, to keep them pacified.

Capitalism is the social system which now exists in all countries of the world. Under this system, the means for producing and distributing goods (the land, factories, technology, transport system etc) are owned by a small minority of people. This group of people is the capitalist class. The majority of people, the working class, must sell their ability to work in return for a wage or salary.

The class-based social and economic inequality resulting from this system, leads to a need and/or obsession by many working class individuals to become upwardly mobile so they can have some of the 'needs' and/or luxuries that the capitalist class enjoys.

The foundational problem here is the economic system, with the focus on neighborhoods being just misdirection…….once again.

Posted by watcher on 05/04/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Massive Crane Being Installed for Boise City Center Plaza

Massive disruption, but eventually buses will be able to load underground.

Posted by boi22toy on 05/04/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Massive Crane Being Installed for Boise City Center Plaza

310 foot crane.

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Posted by Clancy on 05/04/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “UPDATE: CWI Was Not Required to Get Appraisal of Land

I think we need to dig deeper, much deeper. We should know who the seller was, not corporate shield and such, the actual individuals. And then we need to know who are the realtor(s) receiving the commissions. This is way too much money. I do not believe an honest mistake; if it was, then fire them all for such gross negligence. I think someone(s) received this money for less than honorable reasons. We really do need to know. Larry Sirhall

Posted by Larry Sirhall on 05/04/2015 at 4:07 AM

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