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Energize Our Neighborhoods - City of Boise

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
Share | Our Neighborhoods is a unique collaboration between Boise’s residents, public and private partners, and the City to keep our neighborhoods unique and desirable. It focuses on aligning community resources, internally and externally, to make measurable change across multiple categories of livability.

An innovative model, Energize Our Neighborhoods will be used throughout the City of Boise’s neighborhoods. By focusing on data as a road map, the project will increase economic activity, improve safety, provide additional services and create more vibrant and connected neighborhoods. The first target area is the Vista Neighborhood.

The City of Boise embarked on an ambitious Livability Mapping project during the Spring of 2014. Still in its refinement stage today, the Livability Mapping project identified key livability indicators creating a visual heat map. Areas of opportunity for investment were demonstrated in the heat map when Livability Indicators were overlaid with demographics and empirical data.

What would data tell us if resources were concentrated in a discrete area in the City to improve Livability of a neighborhood? To validate this methodology and gauge its success, the City is applying the use of data in real time to energize neighborhoods of Boise. Energize Our Neighborhoods is the natural evolution of Livability mapping.

The City of Boise identified the Vista Neighborhood as an area rich in opportunity after reviewing citywide livability indicators, neighborhood demographics and several significant local assets. The Vista Neighborhood is located in the Central Bench Planning Area. It is bordered by the New York Canal to the south, Overland to the north, Federal Way to the east and Roosevelt to the west. It is also in close proximity to Boise State University, St Luke’s Hospital and Downtown Boise.

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For more info, contact:

AnaMarie C. Guiles

Senior Manager, Housing & Community Development Division

208-570-6830 X3048

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