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Solar roadways, driverless cars …. they’re headed our way (access required)

The future of transportation is happening now. Solar panels in the near future will be incorporated into miles and miles of roadways to collect solar energy and feed it back to the grid. Driverless cars piloting your evening commute or ...

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New projects propel the future of downtown housing (access required)

Boise is inching closer to “The Next 1,000” — its goal of creating 1,000 new housing units in Boise by 2019 — thanks to new projects rising from the ground downtown. According to the city, of the roughly 1,300 units ...

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Neighbor vs. absentee neighbor: the Airbnb wars

It’s a beautiful spring evening, you’ve just finished a BBQ dinner in the back yard, and you’re settling in with a glass of wine to enjoy a bit of quiet at the end of a long day. Suddenly, and for ...

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Ensuring safety excellence (access required)

Throughout the devastating recession, companies were forced to downsize. It would be easy to conclude that safety would be another economic casualty of the Great Recession. But the economy can’t be an excuse. AGC is the association it is today ...

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Idaho’s job market is the fastest-growing in the country (access required)

The Idaho economy continues to strengthen. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the US economy is growing at an annual rate of 2 percent, the Idaho job market is once again the fastest-growing in the country, with ...

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Let’s talk about privacy

Everyone seems to be concerned about privacy these days, and rightly so. There is much talk about identity theft and cell phone hacking and cameras in hotel rooms and naughty celebrity videos and websites like Gawker and TheDirty. All of ...

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There are better ways to design the places we live (access required)

For the last 100 years or so, planners have separated land uses into districts. Through zoning ordinances, we made sure that land uses in these districts were compatible with each other. By doing this, we created separate areas for people ...

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Not all urban centers are created equal (access required)

Historically, downtowns have been the center of the community. But they are more. They can be the best example of mixed-use development. Downtowns show how various built forms, functions and uses such as places to work, live and recreate can ...

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In Idaho’s capital, mixed-use development means finding the right balance (access required)

As executive director at Capital City Development Corp., my work has significant influence on the growth and development of downtown Boise, the center for commerce and government in Idaho’s largest city. This position of influence means the agency is constantly ...

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Resilience: an often overlooked skill for success (access required)

A recent study found lawyers have a rate of depression that is four times higher than that of the general population. The study also found lawyers have a rate of alcohol abuse that is three times higher than the general ...

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