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In my opinion, community gardens are a waste of valuable downtown land. Take a look at the community garden on the vacant block owned by First United Methodist at 12th and Fort. It's poorly kept, thousands of goatheads, at best and is contributing nothing to the tax coffers. I thought they were going to make that a parking lot.
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Old Posted Sep 28, 2010, 6:37 AM
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Maybe some of you have heard of this site, but I came upon it recently, and it is absolutely amazing for looking at demographic data in GIS maps. I suggest getting the free trial so you can manipulate some of the variables more, but it is good without that too. I just figured some of you might like to check it out.

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Old Posted Sep 28, 2010, 2:34 PM
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Community garden at 12th and Fort versus Hyde Park Place condo project right across the street. Property taxes collectively paid by the 29 unit Hyde Park Place Condos = $65,251/year (2010 estimated). Source http://www.adacountyassessor.org/pro...dressSearch.do (1207 W Fort)

Property taxes paid by the community garden = $0.00/year (2010 estimated).







     
     
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Old Posted Sep 30, 2010, 9:36 PM
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Mainstream media scooped again! Pleasanton Street Spur footbridge one giant crane lift away from reality. Stay tuned.





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Old Posted Oct 2, 2010, 11:24 AM
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The Aspen Lofts

The remaining units of The Aspen Lofts are apparently being auctioned off. Open House today from 11am-3pm if anyone wants to take a look around.
     
     
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The remaining units of The Aspen Lofts are apparently being auctioned off. Open House today from 11am-3pm if anyone wants to take a look around.
How many are left? Have these ever been sold?
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 3, 2010, 10:06 AM
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How many are left? Have these ever been sold?
There are 52 unsold atm, I think there were 70 units total, so only 18 sold. Not hard to see why, some units were over $800/sqft with HOA fees of $2.50/sqft annually. Some of the larger units would be paying $10-12k annually in HOA fees plus at least that much in taxes, so $2k/month or more to live in a condo you already own.

I read somewhere that construction has restarted on the Crescent Rim project, so that may have influenced the decision to auction the remaining units at the Aspen Lofts.
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 4, 2010, 4:33 AM
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A cool project but grossly overpriced. I believe the penthouse is $3mil +. Even in the best of times I don't know who would pay that in Boise.
     
     
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A cool project but grossly overpriced. I believe the penthouse is $3mil +. Even in the best of times I don't know who would pay that in Boise.
I bet there are some people who would pay that in Boise and be happy There have been and are multi million dollar homes and condos in Boise happily occupied before the Aspen was built. I think one of the penthouses has sold, or at least one of the top units that occupies a few floors...the lights are on at night.
     
     
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Then vs Now pics from Statesman article

     
     
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^^^looked through the pictures and read about the old Chinatown. It's interesting thinking about what could've been.

Still hopeful and looking forward to what's yet to come. I really want a big project to gain traction sometime soon.
     
     
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At one time, Boise had one of the largest China Towns in the West and the largest in the Intermountain West. Who would have thought....


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BoiseTran, your avatar makes me sad! LOL!
     
     
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Boisetran-lets see a big picture of your avatar!
     
     
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Here is the full size image. Maybe it'll help keep morale up during this slow period.



A member posted this many pages ago on this same thread. They made it, and I wish I could find it again to give them the credit. Just know it's not mine.
     
     
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^^^A bright red jungle gym peeking over the trees west of the Aspen in this picture would just warm my heart.
     
     
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Thx for posting that pic BoiseTran.

Boise Weekly does an excellent job on the Whole Foods rezoning, CUP and variance request denials, titled simply "Whole Foods on Hold."

http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/who...nt?oid=1821058

Compare to the sensational Statesman story out today and titled; "Economic realities impinge on Downtown Boise ideals"

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/1...mpinge-on.html

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Whole Foods downtown Austin: (of course Boise is not Austin)





Compared to latest rendering for Boise, hotlinked from Boise Weekly:


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Old Posted Oct 13, 2010, 7:25 PM
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Here is the full size image. Maybe it'll help keep morale up during this slow period.



A member posted this many pages ago on this same thread. They made it, and I wish I could find it again to give them the credit. Just know it's not mine.
Kewl, someone liked Pierpont enough to make it their avatar!

I was the one who made that, as a part of my 3D modeling project in redesigning an alternate universe Boise, which is my vision of what I'd consider to be my perfect city (titled Pierpont, Idaho)... obviously based around Boise since, duh, Boise's my favorite city.

Glad everyone here likes it!

I wish I could find the other screenshots, I know they're on my computer somewhere.. there's a link to the old thread I made as I was developing Pierpont in my signature.

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On Sunday, Oct. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you can pick up a map at the Boise Depot to seven homes in the Crescent Rim Historic Neighborhood and embark on your self-guided home exploration



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