An Invitation to Help Chart Boise's Future
Thank you to the hundreds of Boise residents who participated in the first series of Community Conversations on Growth. During the three sessions, held in June, citizens from across Boise came together to engage in a productive conversation with their neighbors about what they love about the City of Trees and what their concerns are for Boise as we plan its next chapter.
Facilitated by Dr. Jen Schneider, professor and co-director in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, the workshops made use of the World Café model of public participation, a format that allowed people to learn first-hand what is on the minds of people across the city and to add their own perspective to the mix. Dr. Schneider has analyzed the data gathered at these three sessions and produced a report of her findings that offers a tremendously helpful window into the issues most important to us.
The four major themes from the workshops are housing affordability, transportation, cultural and environmental preservation and governance. I concur with the critical importance of each of these issues and encourage you to read the full report and draw your own conclusions.
It’s clear from these findings that Boise residents share a deep love of our city’s quality of living, but have concerns that the themes listed above pose a risk to our future if we don’t work together to manage each of them carefully and thoughtfully.
I share that love for Boise and know we must address these challenges and others for our city to maintain its high livability. I’m confident that our city is up to the task of addressing each of them if we come together as we have in the past. And that’s why I’d like to invite the entire community – whether you attended the first series or not – to sign up for the second round of Community Conversations on Growth that I’m announcing today.
Community Conversation | Series Two, Session One
Saturday, August 25
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702
Community Conversation | Series Two, Session Two
Tuesday, August 28
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Avenue, Boise, ID 83702
These sessions will explore in greater depth the four major themes that emerged from the first series of conversations, and will present specific growth scenarios so that participants can play a first-hand role in tackling the issues Boise is facing.
It’s vital that we chart a common path to address our city’s pressing needs: creating housing options within reach for all residents; providing convenient and achievable transportation choices; preserving our rich history and our spectacular natural environment; and ensuring that our government is fully responsive to the needs of our citizens.
Both workshops are open to all Boise residents and each session will include the same material, so you only need to sign up for one. We’ve expanded the capacity the workshops, so there should be plenty of room. If both sessions fill, we will announce an additional opportunity.
I look forward to seeing where this endeavor takes us. Whatever the destination, I know that it will be authentic to our shared vision of Boise’s identity and true to our goal of making Boise the most livable city in the country.
Published: August 13, 2018