Mayor Bieter talks future of downtown Boise

Posted at 10:58 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 01:06:31-04

The vision for the future of downtown was on display Wednesday at the State of Downtown Annual Meeting in Boise.  Mayor Dave Bieter pointed towards the newly overhauled Rhodes Park as an example of the city building towards that new future.

Downtown is in the middle of a nearly unprecedented building boom.  From the nearly finished Boise Centre Complex to JUMP it sure seems the future is now.

Mayor Bieter focused on three key points to building that future during his speech today: innovation, transportation and celebration.

When it comes to transportation he says there is a need for an easy way to get around downtown once people get there.

“There are things we can do right now, and that’s the downtown circulator.  If you’re going to drive downtown we want you to park once,” Mayor Bieter said.  “We want you to be able to circulate where you want to go, from St. Luke’s to downtown to Boise State to the west end.”

Mayor Bieter also stressed the importance of creating an atmosphere of cooperation between the city’s cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

Among the other topics Mayor Bieter discussed for the future of downtown was the expansion of the library, plans to redo the plaza in front of Boise City Hall and even a possible downtown stadium for sporting events.