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Boise / economy Downtown makes Boise go 'round
Posted by Zach Hagadone on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM
If you happened to be walking through the North End last night, you might have seen former three-term Seattle Mayor Charles Royer sittin’ on (CCDC boss) Phil Kushlan’s porch, talkin’ about Boise and world issues.
According to Royer, who was in the City of Trees to deliver this morning’s keynote at the 23rd annual State of Downtown meeting, the front stoop consensus was that “healthy cities have healthy downtowns,” and that downtown investment will speed economic recovery.
“The most conspicuous attribute of our wealth is to be able to walk to work,” he said.
Boise is doing a lot of things right. It has ample green spaces and pedestrian friendly downtown districts, civic pride and a nearby university that actively reaches out to the community.
A slate of development projects are in the works as well, ranging from Concordia University’s
new law school on Fifth and Front streets, to Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
on Ninth and Broad, to the Capitol Plaza
office complex on Capitol and Front.