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July 2016

Found 8 blog entries for July 2016.



Part 1 of 3: Curb It

Boise is known, as are many other cities, by a slogan. Ours is ‘the City of Trees’. This slogan gives residents a good frame of mind in the ever present fight to make our planet greener. Over the years, Boise has done many things to try and make itself a greener city. They have invested in bicycle travel lanes and paths, bus systems, and many other great things. However, there are few green government programs that are as simple, elegant, and impacting as the Curb It program.

The Curb It program is Boise’s initiative to promote more resident recycling. It is a wonderful system that has worked beautifully for this city since its inception in the mid 2000’s. But what makes this program so special? Why is it different

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If you have ever considered living in Boise, you need to know the ins and outs of Boise real estate. Boise is a fantastic city for those who are looking for a perfect blend of city and country. The Boise metro area consists of roughly half a million people that are spread over close to 400 square miles. Commonly know as the City of Trees, Boise is a green oasis in the middle of the Snake River Plain. And, like an Oasis, Boise is a city with a fast recovering real estate market compared to the rest of the nation.

One aspect of the Boise real estate market that has helped boost its recovery time, is the plethora of new construction sites in the valley. Between Boise and Meridian alone, there are hundreds of new neighborhoods being constructed.

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The decision of whether to buy a home or rent is a serious one, and should be made after much consideration of the many financial, economical, and personal factors. Buying a home isn’t always the right thing for everyone. People find themselves at different stages of life, where permanence may have yet to be achieved, or financial stability may be a distant dream. However, when the time comes that homeownership is a legitimate option, and the decision of rent vs. buy is to be made, there are numerous advantages of buying a home that ought to be considered in making this life-shaping decision.

Financial Benefits

Whether you’re paying a mortgage or paying rent, you’re going to have a monthly bill just to live in a house. One important difference,

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Boise is an incredibly diverse city and has something for everyone! As the capital of Idaho, it’s the largest city, and it’s a thriving urban environment. Boise is also surrounded by nature, and the Boise River flows directly through the city. The Boise River Greenbelt follows the river, creating miles and miles of pathways and beautiful green parks, and Boise itself is full of parks.

Boise doesn’t just have parks, and while the outdoors and nature are a large part of Idaho life, they aren’t the only things. Boise has a rich history, and this can be experienced and explored in Boise’s North End. Specifically, in Hyde Park. This urban retail area is full of unique architecture, fun specialty shops, great restaurants, and yes, easy access to

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The beauty and diversity of the Boise Foothills is apparent here. You are above the city, surrounded by the beautiful hills and grasslands of the Boise Foothills. Below, you can see Boise’s historic North End sprawled out below, dotted with the green of trees and parks. Camel’s Back Park is a beautiful hill, full of trails, wildlife, and sometimes steep terrain. But it’s a popular place, and when you visit it, you’ll know exactly why it’s so popular.

Camel’s Back Park is a beautiful reserve, and its developed part covers approximately 11 acres. Much of the area was saved as a reserve due to preservation efforts of North End and Boise residents. Nature is important in Idaho, and Boise is filled with parks that are a testament to the preservationist

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Idaho is filled with hidden wonders and natural beauty. This great state holds grand national parks and forests, pristine lakes and rivers, towering mountains, and sweeping valleys. When you live in Idaho, you are living a lifestyle. You love the outdoors. You can head outside and go fishing in the afternoon, mountain biking in the morning, skiing on the weekend, or take a week long getaway at a tucked away mountain lake resort.

You can live in the many cities of Idaho, including Boise, the state’s capitol. Your outdoor and recreational opportunities will not be diminished. All of Idaho is natural playground filled with wonder. You love living in the city, because even though you have access to all of the modern urban amenities, you can still

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In 1905, due to space constraints and other issues with the central government building in operation at that time, the Idaho Legislature approved funding for a new Capitol. Construction on Phase I began that same year. Phase I included the central portion of the building and the dome on top, and was completed in 1912. Phase II spanned the years of 1919 – 1921. It required the demolition of two other buildings to make room for the east and west wings. Remodeling projects took place in the 1950’s and 1970’s, but deterioration was long underway, and deeper efforts were necessary to preserve the historic building. In 1998, it was determined by the Legislature that the Idaho State Capitol Commission be tasked with ensuring the structural and

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With the advent and integration of the internet in the workplace, many people have found themselves working from home, instead a cubicle. Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe are working from home these days, and Boise is no exception. With all these home bound workers, many builders, especially those in the Treasure Valley, have been adding offices and extra rooms for offices to their floor plans. However, just having that separate room does not mean you will be effective or productive at your new domestic desk. So, in order to improve your efficacy and productivity, here are a few ideas to make your home office the best it can be.

Keep business and home separate

It is important to enjoy the place that you work, however, you need to

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