Boise Stands Alone

(AKA “Keep Boise Weird”) As a tireless and active member of the Boise community I am often amazed and amused by the many comparisons some like to make between Boise and other cities. Statements like “Boise is the next Portland” or “Boise is becoming a smaller Denver” are made with little regard to our very…

Boise’s Housing Imperative

In his March, 2018 article “How Boise could keep at least keep some Downtown housing affordable,” Idaho Statesman journalist Sven Berg led off with the following statement: “As Downtown booms, housing is more expensive than ever. Rents for newly built one-bedroom apartments are as high as $1,700. Old housing is getting more expensive, too. If…

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Series on the North End’s historic places of worship. Click the link for a listing of Places of Worship. The North End is home to two churches with the name ‘Immanuel’ – the historic Immanuel M.E. Church in Hyde Park (and soon to be home of TRICA) and the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Both were built…

Spring & Wildflowers

Being surrounded, as we are in the North End, by Boise’s beautiful foothills, we tend to measure our urban landscape by the hills and plants that surround us. We are resistant to non-native plants, environments that require too much water, and the tendency is to plant native species when possible. Native Plant Appreciation Week is…

North End Wild Turkeys

The ongoing travels of Hazel and Bella, the North End wild turkeys! Cover photo by Mark Goforth. Update! Check out the great article by Anna Webb in the Idaho Statesman – click here. Beginning with a reported sighting in March of 2016, two female wild turkeys have taken up residence in Boise’s North End. The…

Sanctuary Boise

Our Refugee Roots UPDATE 02/01/2017: The Boise City Council passed a resolution on January31, 2017 reaffirming Boise as a ‘Welcoming Community’ on a unanimous vote. The North End Neighborhood also passed a resolution naming the North End a “Welcoming Neighborhood” at their regular monthly meeting. “Inspired by our city leaders, the North End Neighborhood Association…

Community Gardens

The following is a list of Community Gardens in and near the North End. Because the information is subject to change, please let us know if there are corrections needed. Sunset Community Garden 2332 N. 36th Street, Boise, Idaho 83703 Jennifer Harrington & Sherilyn Orr www.sunsetgarden.org | 208-484-3676 & 208-871-0112 3030 W. Bellamy, Boise, Idaho…

Bicycle Safety

About New Bike Laws Boise High School class of 2012’s Kyle Swanstrom’s Boise Bicycle Pamphlet is available by clicking here. From Mayor Dave Bieter prior to the passing of the new bike safety laws…. The City Council last week approved a set of new and revised ordinances designed to improve safety for bicycle riders on…

Chess & STEM in the North End

Original article by Andrew Reed, IdahoEdNew.org published 12/17/18 Tables are set up with vinyl chess boards and chess pieces on them in the dining hall at City Light Home For Women. Nearly 10 kids start to fill the room and begin to play chess. Some of them play side by side, others have a table…

“Words Matter”

From Rabbi Dan Fink of Boise (Follow this link to hear Dan’s stirring sermon at Boise’s Cathedral of the Rockies on October 28, 2018) Dear Friends— Over the last two days, in the wake of the murders in the Pittsburgh synagogue, so many Boiseans have reached out to me, asking how they can be of…

Idaho Election 2018

A Changing Landscape While Idaho’s biggest metro area is seeing a largely unexpected explosion in growth driven by an influx of newcomers, the results has been a a spike in home prices and a jolt of high-wage jobs in several profession, a decrease in affordable housing, pressures on infrastructure and transportation and more. While Idaho,…