Envisioning a future Boise…

What is Boise, Idaho going to look like in the year 2042?


In a Global Insight report prepared for the United States Conference of Mayors, it’s projected that the Treasure Valley will reach 1,139,000 people by 2042. That’s a near-80% increase in population. Our humble mountain town will be larger than Buffalo, New York and roughly the size of Honolulu, Hawaii.

I, too, am dreaming of halftime Mai-Tais at an Idaho Bills game.

And we won’t have to wait long: the year 2042 is closer to today than the year 1986.

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It’s my opinion that there just aren’t many better places to grow up than Boise, Idaho, particularly in the time period I did. We’re far from flawless, but I think many will agree that Boise’s an exceptionally comfortable place to call home. I feel a duty to help preserve everything that makes our city great while growing and advancing into the future. I want to see my kids enjoy Boise the same way I did.

And I believe it can be done!

I decided to start Boisetopia. Using 3D technology and greatly expanding upon the Capital City Development Corporation’s (CCDC) virtual model of downtown Boise, this independent blog is a portal for citizens to get a glimpse at what the future has to offer in the City of Trees; a portal for concepts, projects, developments, ideas and what-ifs to be seen and not just spoken of.

Boisetopia exists also as a periodical on our city’s culture and history–to ensure that our past isn’t forgotten, and that our future doesn’t entail Boise losing its fun-loving soul and identity.

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As long as we’re a good place to live, people will come and the only way they’ll not come is when it’s spoiled by unplanned-for growth. Traffic… smog… crime… pollution… worst of all, not-free Parking (hide the children!)… We’ve all seen it. These are stupid and avoidable problems that can ruin it for everyone.  It will take delicate planning and big ideas to accommodate growth in a way that preserves our quality of life.

And we must plan for it! We must be creative, and we must be bold because like it or not Idaho lacks the population, the GDP, the ocean, the oil dollars, the research institutions, the white sandy beaches, the billionaires, the sex-appeal, the palm trees, the mass transit, and yes, the Mai-Tais and NFL teams that our neighbors have to make up for these potential problems. It is imperative that we capitalize on our strengths and take charge of our future.


With Boisetopia I hope to spark discussion, offer enticing visuals, give people a good feel for where we’re going as a city, and engage citizens to be a part of this amazing story that is our city. With a robust cheer I say…

Welcome to Boisetopia!

*cue trumpets*

4 thoughts on “Envisioning a future Boise…

  1. Mary

    Wow, FINALLY a blog for Boise! I will certainly put this blog on my “must-read” list to keep in touch with the city that I love. Thank you very much, and I can’t wait to see how your blog develops.

  2. john

    I like the website’s idea and the goals you outline. We could have sure used this concept 30-35 years ago to help plan our city’s (San Diego) huge growth, but of course there was no internet then where concerned citizens could communicate with each other, and there was very little public feedback to the political establishment about growth management issues.

    One key point you touched upon: it doesn’t make any difference whether you want growth to come or not; it’s coming — and you’re wise to plan for it.

    Look forward to following the discussions on this site!

  3. Jeff

    We are recently retired from So.Cal and new to Boise which has been our targeted utopia for a few years now. Currently, a real problem in the L.A. area is the trend of the entertainment industry taking business elsewhere due to the high operating costs of taxes, permits, etc. The entertainment industry is a major economic contributor to the area. As a result, many states (Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia) have taken advantage of this flight, drawing the industry to their states with tax incentives and other cost saving incentives. I am not sure if Idaho has similar offers but with them, coupled with construction of production lots/soundstages in the Boise area, the economic payoff could be incredible.

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