Listen: Growing Garden City Community Conversation

Jun 1, 2015

Panelists Deanna Watson, John Evans and Bill Mitchell joined KBSX News Director Scott Graf onstage at Cinder Wines in Garden City. The Community Conversation centered on the effects of development on affordable housing.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

On May 14, Boise State Public Radio hosted a Community Conversation on the issue of affordable housing in the Treasure Valley. The goal was to examine how new riverfront development in Garden City could affect this important part of the region’s housing stock. The event was part of the KBSX series called “Growing Garden City."

We were joined by Garden City Mayor John Evans, City Councilman Bill Mitchell, and Deanna Watson, the head of the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority. 

Evans is a longtime resident of Garden City who made a career in residential real estate development in Ada and Canyon Counties. Mitchell is a Garden City resident and works as an attorney. Watson is a longtime affordable housing advocate. 

KBSX News Director Scott Graf moderated the forum, which was held at Cinder Wines in Garden City.

The evening's first question went to Mayor Evans, and was about the recent development of the Waterfront District. You can listen to the hour-long conversation below.