Anthony Harding 
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Re: “City of Boise Wants to Defer $500,000+ in Fees for Gardner's Grove Project

Lex Rex, the valley is growing whether you or I like it or not.

It's not City Center Plaza that paves over the beautiful foothills and pastoral landscapes between Nampa and Boise. Exactly the opposite: it's the suburban sprawl out in Meridian and Kuna and Caldwell--low-density developments and subdivisions that spread people out. Spreading out requires people to drive more, disincentives resource-friendly transportation like cycling, leads to water shortages as it's wasted on endless acres of big front yards and landscaping. Countless other widespread problems stemmed from zero-planning. (In this case it's not that Boise isn't planning, rather State of Idaho laws severely hamstring Boise's ability to vote for and fund serious planning initiatives.)

The goal of City Center Plaza, including the Transit Center and Convention Center expansion, is to help keep downtown the business and residential center of the city. To help centralize business and create a healthier urban-suburban dynamic with higher-density growth. That was exactly the same focus of the ACHD bike lane pilot project.

It's so frustrating because what's being painted as corporate welfare is actually a systematic focus to help Boise grow in a way that is more sustainable, that preserves livability using the same models as Portland, Vancouver, Calgary exactly so we DON'T become the Phoenix or Las Vegas or Southern California.

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Posted by Anthony Harding on 06/10/2014 at 10:03 PM

Re: “City of Boise Wants to Defer $500,000+ in Fees for Gardner's Grove Project

Beer.goddess, look up the definition of 'defer.' The Gardner Company still has to pay every dime of the $533,000 it owes. Frankly I wish the Boise Weekly did a better job spelling that out as a great deal of people seem misinformed on that.

As an incentive to get this built, they're delaying the fees so they don't have to be paid until construction is complete.

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Posted by Anthony Harding on 06/10/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Boise City Council Asked to Affirm 'Ambitious and Unprecedented' Plan for Downtown Core

I wish I had more time right now to respond to this. I live downtown and for virtually everywhere I go I walk. This is just my personal opinion:

If the city council can agree to this, and downtown Boise can actually accomplish those goals I really think it would lay the foundation for downtown to flourish. I love the ambition of it, and I love that they're putting their foot down and saying "Hey, we can do something great here, let's get together and do it." We really have something special in downtown, but there are silly and unnecessary problems holding us back. This is just from my experience: On a lot of roads the cars feel unnecessarily fast making some roads more 'hostile' to walk on than other. The one-ways only encourage more speeding and more jaywalking because people think "hey I only have to look one direction to cross."

Watcher: For what it's worth, from my experience with visitors from all over the country their opinions of downtown are almost universally contrary to yours. This is because downtown has an arena, museums, libraries, performing arts venues, a floatable river, a great nightlife scene, Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, and a major university among many other things within a very close distance.

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Posted by Anthony Harding on 12/01/2013 at 9:04 PM

Re: “CNN Story About HP and TMP Dances Around the Truth

Well said sceptic71 and oftenoutraged.

Posted by Anthony Harding on 05/11/2013 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Boise Airport Spending More on 'Strategic Planning' In Effort To Attract More Flights

Nonstops to the Bay Area are very existent. 2 Daily to Oakland on Southwest. 1 daily to San Jose, and 1 daily to Sacramento (which continues to San Jose) on Alaska/Horizon. 5 daily to San Francisco on United. There's also a multitude of connecting options through Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. For the market size, Boise is relatively well served to the Bay Area (just compare to Spokane).

However, what is truly non-existent is Texas, one of the fastest growing states and economies, or anything east/southeast of Chicago where the majority of the US population is.

"The issue is so much bigger than "promoting and advocating." We need a group of influential people who understand the role played by travel, recreation and hospitality in our state. And, we need them to take action. Quick action."

Specifically - what more can the airport be doing? They're doing pretty much all they can to attract new air service. It's purely market driven and airlines are only going to add new service if there is an economic reason to do so. By offering marketing incentives and landing fee bonuses, it gives the airlines a stronger reason to expand service here. But beyond that there isn't much more the airport can do.

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Posted by Anthony Harding on 05/06/2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Karen Ellis

Despite the closed-door drama, this is a win-win for everyone. I think there's enough demand for two markets downtown and while CCPM offers a wonderful festival atmosphere, the reasons for the BFM separating make a lot of sense. I think it'll be a good thing in the long run for both markets, and for Boise in general. Just please stay downtown! Don't go out to Garden City or something like that...

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Posted by Anthony Harding on 04/14/2013 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Times-News: Idaho Teacher Under Fire For Explaining Orgasms, Saying 'Vagina' in 10th-Grade Class on Reproductive System

Embarassing. No other way to put it than simply embarassing.

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Posted by Anthony Harding on 03/27/2013 at 5:08 PM

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