In a Year of Big Stories, Homelessness Dominated in Boise 

A look back at 2015

Well, here we go again. We've spun around the sun, and the axial tilt of the planet means the days can't get any shorter for another 350 days or so.

As has become our tradition at Boise Weekly, we have published a retrospective of the year's big stories—at least according to us. From Treefort's first year of financial success to the controversy over punishment cells and prisoner mistreatment in Idaho's prison system to the big win of the new foothills levy, this week we recapped the Top 15 of '15.

Of course, our idea of the top stories of the year isn't necessarily the same as our readers. Looking at our Top 10 stories based on the traffic they received online, the biggest news of the year happened in the past month, and it happened at the former tent city near the I-184 Connector.

Called Cooper Court, the controversial encampment of homeless people had been growing since the summer and, by November—just in time for local elections—had become a full-blown crisis. A number of solutions were put forward, from tiny houses to a public-private partnership intended to provide a pathway to housing but on Dec. 4, the Boise Police Department cleared out Cooper Court. Those who had been living there were given a night of shelter at Fort Boise and various homelessness resources were made available them.

Since the sweep, the issue has fallen from the front pages, but it's still very much alive.

As we look back at the biggest stories of 2015, it's vital we transcend the news cycle and remember most of them are still being written. We look forward to being here after the calendar turns to help tell those stories.

From all of us at BW, we wish you a happy, healthy new year.

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