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Landowners started building 10-room duplexes. Then the neighbors cried foul

Erik Berg became concerned a couple of years ago when he noticed several duplexes going up in his neighborhood south of the Boise State University campus. The buildings weren’t typical duplexes with two or three bedrooms that might serve either students ...

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Realtors lash out at Bieter’s proposed restrictions on Boise Airbnb rentals

The trade association for residential real estate agents says it will oppose Boise Mayor David Bieter’s efforts to regulate short-term rentals, such as those on Airbnb. Bieter has proposed new restrictions, including a requirement that owners who rent out space in ...

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Boise’s unique locomotive maker once employed 750 people. Now its factory is closing

Locomotive manufacturer MotivePower Inc. will close its Boise plant, its parent company says, marking the end of an unique industrial role for Boise. The parent, Wabtec Corp., formerly Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp., said the Boise plant’s manufacturing operations would ...

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