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Three large mixed-use developments are headed for Eagle (access required)

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For the 11 years that Mike Williams has been a planner for the city of Eagle, there has been just one mixed-use development in the growing city on the northwestern edge of Boise. That’s Winding Creek, a combination of commercial, ...

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Urban renewal agencies help finance mixed-use projects (access required)


City officials around Idaho are beginning to view mixed-use development as a strategic way to increase downtown populations in order to help businesses. But because those projects can have difficulty finding financing, many cities help with the costs. One of ...

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Mixed-use development renews an original design for cities (access required)

The Hyde Park neighborhood in Boise, developed around the turn of the 20th century, includes office space, single-family homes, restaurants, stores, and apartments. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

The idea of mixed-use development is as old as the human community. For hundreds of thousands of years, people have conducted business from a dwelling that doubled as a storefront or workshop. Yet “mixed-use development” has gained national currency in ...

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Number of contracts to buy homes is at highest point since July

A home for sale in Boise.

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, with purchases surging in the Midwest ahead of the traditional spring buying season. The National Association of Realtors said March 28 that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 3.5 ...

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US home prices rose faster than incomes in January

A house for sale in Boise.

U.S. home prices climbed at more than double the rate of incomes in January, a trend that could ultimately create affordability challenges for buyers. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.7 percent from a year earlier, a ...

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Legislature passes bill to reform urban renewal agencies (access required)

The Idaho Legislature passed a bill to reform urban renewal agencies. The bill, which will go into effect July 1 if it’s signed by the governor, would make several changes to how urban renewal agencies operate. The five biggest changes: ...

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