I know I'm a little late on these, but I was gone for a while and wanted to respond to this convo.
Originally Posted by Mr. Pragmatic
First, since this is my first post since joining, let me say hello and thanks for keeping the interest in Boise's growth alive and focused on substance.
Affordable housing downtown is simply not possible given the cost of construction. The only way it is ever going to happen is if it is subsidized. Condos are dead from a financing standpoint and the cost to build vertical is prohibitive. Type V over Type 1 was supposed to be the path to affordability, but it has not worked. The alternative is to locate density around the edges of the downtown core and provide public transportation that is intelligently planned and truly functional.
Welcome to the forum Mr. Pragmatic
You make a very good point, I just get very frustrated with the only affordable places(by affordable I mean for average people workinng average jobs) where people could realistically even share a residence to live not being very close to downtown. But I definitely understand what you're saying.
I like the statement about adding more density around the edges of downtown core, perhaps downtown could expand this way? I'm all for that.
Originally Posted by Cottonwood
There are proposals for large apartment complexes across the river from downtown near BSU which can help fill that gap. I feel that large lot at Idaho/Bannock and 16th would be perfect for affordable apartments. I assume, maybe I am wrong, that the young working class who don't live near downtown and happen to live out in west Boise still come downtown for their entertainment, if downtown is their scene. (Some of them may be more of the TGI Fridays crowd and the chain restaurants near BTS are their scene).
Downtown has been pretty busy recently (as it usually is), especially at nights and weekends...it is almost impossible to get into a restaurant without reservations and even then there is a wait. More young professionals living in the downtown area is always going to be a positive. Downtown has an impressive selection of restaurants, retail, etc...but imagine what more we could have if there were a larger number of young pro's living in downtown.
Work has commenced inside of the old Macy's building. Hopefully renderings are released soon.
agreed about downtown being busy. Being over here in South Florida(for the moment, may be coming back this summer, tbd) I've been able to visit places like Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale and both have fantastic street level urban culture. In fact... it very much reminded me of Boise except with a beach and more bikinis
Either way, Boise is ahead of it's time and will continue to progress, perhaps I am seeing more disparity than there really is when it comes to downtown housing, though I'd still like to see a couple more apartment buildings pop up in/near downtown that provide housing similar to Civic Plaza Apts. I just know far too many younger people around my age who prefer to head out with the TGIFriday and Mall crowds...
Originally Posted by Cottonwood
I bet a fair number of local lurkers read this forum for the information and never post reponses or even sign up with a user name.
I lurked for about six months before finally joining, realizing that this entire subject matter had become fairly important to me.
Side note: My girlfriend and I may be breaking up and as much as I love my home state of Florida and the plentiful access to beaches, big cities and all my favorite sports teams, I may be making arrangements to return to The City of Trees this summer.