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Out-of-state real estate investors turn to Idaho (access required)

Real estate broker Mike Swope believes a trend of more out-of-state dollars flowing into the Idaho market has been inflating the state’s housing prices and pushing many local investors to the sidelines. Swope, who specializes in multifamily properties with Boise-based ...

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Joining sustainable energy with construction planning (access required)

On Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, one of the first health care buildings in the country to use “performance-based procurement” has begun to take shape. Performance-based procurement makes energy efficiency a priority in planning new buildings. In the case of ...

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Best practices create fair housing for all

The low rental vacancy rate and high cost of renting in the Treasure Valley has created high competition for available housing, particularly for affordable and workforce housing. Because of the tight housing market, housing discrimination is even more prevalent, particularly ...

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Affordable apartment projects are few and far between (access required)

With Idaho simultaneously the nation’s fastest-growing state, but stuck at No. 36 for housing affordability, there is an increasing need for affordable multifamily housing, particularly in the fast-growing Treasure Valley and resort communities such as McCall. “Affordable multifamily housing” means ...

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Design reflected Coach Pete’s philosophy in football and in life

Introducing a new coaching regime at a university leaves an indelible mark on sporting and recreational facilities. The incoming coach brings in a team of people, often to affect change: to shake up a program and establish a new philosophy ...

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Recreation? Idahoans are making it happen

When we decided to dedicate an issue of Square Feet to recreation spaces in Idaho, we had no idea how difficult it would be to choose from all of the action-oriented projects that are recently completed, planned, or underway. Outdoor ...

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With high-end recreational ranches, no signs of a bubble

While the regular residential market – the one for three-bedroom houses with yards – is red-hot right now, things are moving at a more measured pace for buyers and sellers of multi-million-dollar ranches with cattle, mountain views and rivers. Western ...

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Valley County embraces biking with new trails, signs (access required)

Several projects now underway could help get more bicyclists moving in Valley County. Andrew Mentzer, executive director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council,  is working with as many as a dozen groups on bicycle trails as ways to ...

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