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Ensuring All Boise Neighborhoods are Vibrant and Unique

In 2014, the City of Boise partnered with residents and community leaders on an initiative – Energize Our Neighborhoods – aimed at celebrating neighborhoods and improving livability. With three main goals and eight focus areas at the helm, the partners got to work in the Vista neighborhood.

Goals

  • Energize and enhance neighborhoods while building capacity to sustain the improvements
  • Align City, public and private resources to create meaningful impact
  • Demonstrate measurable, positive change

Focus Areas

  • Children and Youth
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Healthy Communities
  • Housing
  • Placemaking, Arts & History
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation
Road with median that features a sign that reads Boise. Cars are traveling in both directions on roadway.

Photo features "Welcome" sign by Ward Hooper

In three short years, we are proud to share that not only is Energize Our Neighborhoods a nationally recognized program, but that together we have surpassed expectations in what we set out to accomplish. As we move on to the next neighborhood in the West Valley, we are excited to reflect on the impact made in the Vista neighborhood. Below is a short recap of some key projects, you can learn more by visiting the Energize Your Neighborhoods website.

  • Launched the Boise Pre-K project, which provides early childhood education for 80 students at Whitney and Hawthorne Elementary Schools
  • Formed the Vista Bench Business Association, whose vision is to “protect the interest of its members, provide a larger regional voice in Boise City matters pertaining to the Vista Bench and to support economic development on the Vista Bench”
  • Offered tours of the Atlantic Idea House, showcasing energy efficient and sustainable improvements that can be incorporated into any home
  • Plan4Health awarded $125,000 in grant funds to develop a toolkit and set of recommendations for improving the health of Vista Neighborhood residents
  • $8,000 in grant funds awarded to Vista Neighborhood residents to make health, safety, accessibility and energy efficiency improvements to their homes
  • Together Treasure Valley awarded a $50,000 grant, matched by the City of Boise, to bring a significant piece of gateway art to the median on Vista Avenue
  • Installed 17 stop signs at uncontrolled intersections
  • Significant pedestrian improvements, including new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, installed near Hawthorne Elementary School and Whitney Elementary School
  • Vista Ave. was selected as one of four nation-wide demonstration corridors by the Urban Land Institute, and was awarded a $25,000 grant to study opportunities to improve health and economic vitality for surrounding residents and business owners.

Coming together as a community for the greater good of our city is at the heart of Energize Our Neighborhoods, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll up our sleeves and start working on our next neighborhood – Ustick in the West Valley. Stay tuned for updates!


Published: November 27, 2017