You’ve heard me say it many times: As Mayor, my goal is to make Boise the most livable city in the country.
A livable city is thoughtfully designed, at all levels, to support healthy, productive and meaningful lives. A livable city empowers and encourages every resident of every age in everything they do. A livable city makes it easier for all of us to work, to learn, to build a business, to raise a family, and to enjoy nature, recreation and culture. And the job is never done. You’ll never see me cut a ribbon on livability itself. We will always have more work to do, more room for improvement.
When I was growing up in Boise, I was able to walk to school, to our neighborhood park, to the library. My father was able to get to work in 10 minutes or less. People like Joe Albertson and J.R. Simplot found Boise a great place to start a business. In summer, I played City Rec baseball; in winter, I learned to ski at Bogus Basin thanks to the city, too. Boise was safe, clean, and, well, livable.
It was also much smaller—65,000 people, compared to an estimated 225,000 today, in a valley that has grown to almost 700,000. Idaho is now the fastest-growing state in the nation. Our challenge is to maintain and enhance our quality of life—not just in spite of our continued growth, but because we’ve become more adept at harnessing the talents and energies of these new Boiseans to ensure that our city grows in ways that are healthy, efficient, responsible, and sustainable.
Making Boise the most livable city in the country is not my goal alone. It’s a goal we all share, and it’s how we how we will create the best community for all of us, our children, and their children.
David H. Bieter, Mayor