Community Conversation Tackles Boise's Past, Present And Future

Jul 18, 2013

Panelists Barbara Perry Bauer, Jaap Vos, and Maryanne Jordan talk with host Sadie Babits at our Boise 150 community event.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

This year, Boise turns 150-years-old. When it comes to national top 10 lists, the town has been competitive with much bigger cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and even New York City. But what exactly is it about Idaho’s capital city that makes it a place people love to call “home”?

During a community conversation hosted by the KBSX newsroom, Boiseans dug in to what makes the city tick.

One person said there’s a rhythm that’s unique and engaging, and that the community feels more like a big town than a city. Another suggested that it’s Boise’s commitment to arts and history that fosters city amenities – and draws creative types to set up shop.

One idea that resonated during the discussion was how Boise leads the state on social and political issues; the city council passed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT residents last year, while the state Legislature has stalled on the topic.  

But when it comes to keeping young and educated people in town, Boise

is not immune to the state’s out-migration problem. Low wages and cuts to education funding are factors that a number of people are concerned about.

So how will Boise deal with these issues? As the city grows, will it be able to retain the quality of life many people love while stretching into the next century?

Tune in for a Community Conversation about Boise’s past, present, and future, Sunday July 28 at 8:00 p.m. on KBSX 91.5 fm.