The movie dude hitting the Daily Paper front page and Channel 7 news stories with his subdivision dream has appealed to the collective quest of Idaho business, media, and education to be recognized.
The growthophiles have been duped in our humble opinion.
Like the ill-fated “Sweetwater Junction” that was supposed to be in Nampa about 10 years ago, this sounds like another gimmick with a real estate developer manipulating gullible people into supporting something. The Sweetwater dream included press conferences, a Hollywood producer who declared Idaho to be the ideal location for studios, and promises of roller coasters and other entertainment in a theme park setting complete with hotels. Sounds familiar today, but it never happened.
Former Guv Dirk used to coo in his serious preacher voice, “We need to do this for the children.” Developer Grant Allan–if reports are accurate–has the Chamber of Commerce, Boise State, and Idaho legislators onboard to bring Hollywood to Boise to “stimulate the economy and bring jobs.” He wants to build an “Idaho Film Studios Project” on 159 acres of desert land midway between a maximum security prison and a dairy with hundreds of cows at the Blacks Creek exit of I-84.
The TV station ran all sorts of “dream works” color drawings of ponds, streams, and lush green scenery. The Statesman went with sketches of several home styles, including Mediterranean and Cape Cod–which will probably look movie-set authentic in the desert. Part of the plan is to sell homes to the people who will flock to Idaho to work in the movie business.
We offer up “GUARDIAN VILLAGE”, a planned community with free child care, a convention center, energy saving hotels, charter schools, white water kayaking, horse trails, bicycle paths, a train, and round abouts on all roads leading to a parking garage with a big library on top.
We are just awaiting financing, but it should be coming soon.
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