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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,".

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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?

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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.........

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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 In the Works

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: “UPDATE: Coeur d'Alene Police Officer Dies of Gunshot Wound, Bail For Suspect Set at $2 Million

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: “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

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

When this story first broke, I had the same reaction as most. "Hey, I'll sell you my house for $3M!"

But then I saw the assessment of the Bob Rice Ford site by the Better Boise Coalition, who were scouting sites for a downtown baseball complex (from page 11):

"The primary issue with this site is the acquisition costs. The property is
owned by Rice Family Trust, and despite it’s $3.6 mm assessment in
2011 (see Appendix), the property is currently listed for sale at $10 mm+.
Meetings with representatives of the trust have confirmed that they have no
interest in selling or trading this property for less than their current asking

It's easy to rush to judgment, and who knows what else will surface, but any Realtor will tell you it's all about "location, location, location."

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Posted by 2big2fail on 05/03/2015 at 11:39 AM

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

Where does this money come from? The money to purchase said land? I think we need a new board. 5.2 million dollar difference? That is a mistake even I would have not made. Ultimately- their lack of assessment will come out of the students pockets no doubt.
Someone better be doing some background checking into all the parties to make sure they are not somehow connected..

This five million dollar gap smells like a sea of dead fish- follow the paper trail- you'll find crooked people. I enjoy attending school at CWI- the professors are amongst the brightest scholars and educators nationwide. This will cause suffrage for them as well- Five million dollars is a whole lot of new, innovative and needed programs that will not be seen now, for years to come. Five million dollars is going to be the error' of the century.

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Posted by Djembe Circle on 05/02/2015 at 11:55 PM

Re: “What Do You Think Grove Plaza 2.0 Should Look Like?

It's not so much visualizing what we want to see the Grove Plaza look like -- it's just a matter of being able to, well, … see.

For months the new "subterranean transit facility" has been hidden behind a shroud of high fencing and screening. Why? What a missed opportunity to market the new transit center and, hopefully, built more further support for public transit and its use … in a town where only a fraction of the population ever uses the bus.

I'd take a chain saw to the scaffolding, cut some holes in the walls, and invite the public to "Come see what we're building!" That's the way you build support for ventures like this -- you build a sense of expectation at the same time you are building walls and pouring concrete.

The old adage "If you build it, they will come," doesn't always apply to something like mass transit. You have to nurture it, like a garden. Currently, Boise is one of the few large American cities that lacks a full-service bus system. Imagine that.

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Posted by Just the facts, m'am on 05/02/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Meridian Man Arrested with More Than $180K in Meth and Heroin

He could have shared them.

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Posted by donaldaq63 on 05/02/2015 at 8:28 PM

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