There's an old saying in journalism that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Using one medium to describe another has always been a challenge to writers, poets, visual artists and, yes, even architects. But the art of architecture affects many of us on a purely subconcious level. Every city is full of buildings--they keep the rain off our heads--but they can also make us feel constricted, open, enlightened, ready to work or ready to sleep. If somebody didn't care about design, and about the roofs over our heads as something that should be beautiful in their own right, we'd live in a cardboard-box world.
Most architects in Boise will wax eloquent about the signature buildings in the downtown area designed by themselves and their firms. They are also quite generous with praise for the public and commercial projects designed by their fellow architects.
Over a year ago, Bar Bar, Inc., a private company owned by Bingo and Sally Barnes, purchased a building located between 5th and 6th Streets on Broad Street. This building, built originally sometime during the 1950s, had seen a variety of businesses inhabit its space. At one time or another it had been an auto parts store, a beauty supply store, a school, a children's daycare, a bar, a warehouse and most recently half the building has been The Venue--an all ages space for young people to come see great touring bands. In June this year, the tenants in the front of the building moved out and Bar Bar, Inc.'s construction crew moved in, readying the space for an August move into the space for the staff of Boise Weekly. In effect, the move would triple the square footage of the old 4th Street office spaces, give BW a brand new look, improve our morale, give us not one, but two of our own bathrooms, a kitchen, a conference room and a lounge. It gave us room to breathe and grow in the next decade into a stronger, bigger, better independent newspaper.
I attended the Valley County Commissioner's public meeting in McCall regarding roadless area management, and I have strong objections to the Valley County public comment process as outlined at the meeting.
I'm not sure who to listen to now. First reports of Hurricane Katrina told us of an unprecedented disaster. The feds' slow response told us they didn't think it was such a big deal. But Big Brother evactuated the city anyway. Then reports of rapes, suicides and child murders at the Superdome, gangs of looters patrolling the streets ... quick descent into chaos.
Zane Fields was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1990 after prosecutors said he fatally stabbed a woman in the neck while stealing $50 from the Wishing Well Gift Shop in Boise in February 1988.
"Now it is time for the City of Boise, CCDC, and GBAD to do the same in keeping with our commitment to preserve and enhance the quality of life Boisean’s cherish as we grow and seek new economic development opportunities."