While the old photo was what we liked about Boise–a clean view of the foothills over the downtown–the new one is much more compact, thanks to the intent of local politicos and developers to “increase density.”
We can’t help but think back nearly a decade when the GUARDIAN began offering the “different slant on the news” in 2005. Corruption was exposed at the “Poop Farm,” and Boise began a series of ill advised legal battles–losing most of them–which cost citizens hundreds of thousands in fees. There was the fight against the Christians over allowing a vote on moving the Ten Commandments tablet, denying citizens the right to vote on debt at the airport for a parking garage, attempts to ban free speech of panhandlers, the fiasco over the homeless shelter, the ongoing battle with ACHD over parking meter sensors,….the list of defeats goes on.
They spent many thousands of dollars on public relations efforts to bend public opinion on everything from bike lanes to trolley cars. When the GUARDIAN dubbed Team Dave’s effort the “Trolley Folly,” they came out with a statement saying the proper name was, “Street Car.” The GUARDIAN responded by calling that effort the “Desire Named Street Car.
We have changed the faces on the council, but only slightly, and most of them are now firmly on Mayor Dave Bieter’s “Team Dave.” He has been successful in re-election bids and has made repeated concessions to developers over city-owned land, development fees, etc.
The “good fight” continues with the new banner picture serving as the backdrop for another decade of GUARDIAN slant. Finally, we coined the term “GROWTHOPHOBE” to define our fear of growth for the sake of growth. Check out where GOOGLE sends you on that one.
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