Downtown Boise

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Longer enforcement hours and higher rates could be coming for downtown Boise parking meters early next year. A proposal from the city would mean visitors would no longer enjoy free parking at meters on Saturdays in the downtown core.

Sally Spaulding

Hospitality has been doing well in Boise. With the completed construction of two hotels and a third on the way, Boise’s hotel service is on the rise.

The owner of the Inn at 500 in Boise, Brian Obie, celebrated the launch of Obie Hospitality with a ceremonial flag raising that revealed the new company logo. Obie Hospitality only operates two hotels right now: the Inn at 500 and the Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Oregon, but he says more are in the works.

Proposed Parking Garage For Downtown Boise

Jun 23, 2017
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There’s talk of a new parking garage being built in Downtown Boise. With parking in short supply, the garage could help ease the struggle of parking Downtown.

With new buildings coming in and a rising number of offices in Downtown Boise, there’s always a need for more parking. According to BoiseDev, Old Boise LLC plans to address the need with a proposed parking garage on the block between Grove and Front, across the street from Trader Joe’s.

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The Grove Plaza in downtown Boise has been undergoing renovations for many months and is finally set to re-open. On Wednesday, the plaza opens with its first session of Alive After Five, the city’s summer concert series.

 

 

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Rhodes Skateboard Park in downtown Boise officially opens Saturday. The park has been around since the early 90’s, created by Glenn Rhodes, a former Ada County Highway commissioner.

The park recently got an upgrade, paid for by the Albertson Family Foundation and the City of Boise. It’s been open to skateboarders for a while and is packed full of kids every day.

1905 photo courtesy of the Idaho State Archives & Library

A group of dedicated historians and preservationists are working to educate people and protect downtown Boise’s historic architecture, one weekend at a time.

The non-profit group Preservation Idaho has started up weekly tours of the city, called WalkAbout Boise.

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After nine years, a beloved arts event in downtown Boise is coming to an end. Modern Art (which takes over the Modern Hotel Thursday evening for the last time) began at the height of the Great Recession. Now, the hotel staff says it’s time to retire the event – but not without one big final party.

Downtown Boise Association

The hashtag is #ShopSmallBoise, but the Downtown Association hopes Small Business Saturday translates to big money for shops and restaurants.

“Shopping local and shopping small businesses is a way to keep your community vibrant," say Karlee May of the Downtown Boise Association (DBA). "Having that exciting atmosphere to go shop in – and to remember that the small businesses need your support just as much as anybody else.”

Guy Hand

Photographer Guy Hand is fairly new to creating timelapse videos, but you wouldn't know it looking at his most recent production. He posted a video highlighting well-known Boise hotspots last Friday on Facebook — but from some surprising angles. The video became quite popular over the weekend, with almost 18,000 views and hundreds of shares.

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Drivers in downtown Boise Wednesday may find their commute a bit different. Two streets, 13th and 14th, went from one-way to two-way overnight. The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) did this with four other downtown streets last year; 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th. It plans to convert Jefferson Street next year.

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For the last six years, a man with a degree from Stanford has been standing on a street corner in California. He holds a pen and a notebook. David Breaux asks each person on the street the same thing: To share their written concept of the word compassion.

He began his quest in 2009.

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Parking officials are planning to buy and install about 800 new smart parking meters in downtown Boise that will allow users to pay with smartphones.

KBOI-TV reports city officials signed off on the $310,000 funding for the machines Tuesday.

The meters accept coins or a credit card, and soon users will be able to pay with a smartphone app.

Salt Lake City resident Katie Flanagan has used similar meters in Utah and says people in Boise will enjoy the app.