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“North End News” summer edition

The latest issue of the North End News is being dropped off on doorsteps this week. If you haven’t received yours yet, it should come soon, delivered by one of our 50+ neighborhood volunteers!

Take a look to read about this year’s Hyde Park Street Fair, and much more.

**We are looking for volunteer reporters! If you’d like to give back to your neighborhood by writing for the newsletter, please send an email to stephanie@northendboise.org**

Be a GFF: Green-Friendly Fairgoer

How to Be a GFF (Green-Friendly Fairgoer)

This year, we’re working harder than ever to reduce the Hyde Park Street Fair’s footprint. Here are some easy ways you can help! 

Print this information: PDF file 

Pack It In

Remember to plan ahead and bring your own:

  • Reusable shopping bags. Some Street Fair merchants have discontinued single-use shopping bags to reduce their waste output.
  • Refillable water bottles. Bypass lines at the drinking fountain – fill enough water bottles at home to hydrate your crew. Or, purchase Proud Source® spring water – canned in readily recyclable aluminum – at the Food Court.
  • Travel sporks. Sorry, plastic utensils cannot be recycled at the event … this year. Instead, bring enough reusable silverware for several servings of tasty Street Fair fare. (Don’t forget a bag to tote items home to wash.) While you’re at it – add some washable cloth napkins to your dining-out kit.

Pack it Outin the right bin

Look for yellow recycling bins throughout the park. Paper and cardboard, aluminum cans, and non-crinkly #1 and #2 plastics (shaped like a bottle or jug) can be collected from the event to recycle. Please, no trash or food waste in the recycling bins – or we might have to toss it all. Recycling Ambassadors will be on hand to guide you. Please help make their job easy – they’re volunteers!

Residential EnergyBag™ items (plastic films and wrappers; foam cups and plates; disposable silverware) can’t be recycled at the Street Fair … yet. We won’t think it’s weird if you take your used items home to rinse and orange bag them! You brought an extra tote bag, right?

Limit “Future Trash”

It’s OK to politely pass on free give-aways, especially if they’ll wind up in the waste stream before you can say “three fun-filled days.” Need contact info? Snap a photo of that brochure or refrigerator magnet (with permission), and leave the trinkets on the table.

Remember to take only what you need, even if it can be recycled. There’s an ecological cost behind the making of every item you see.

Be a Voice for Green

Share your ideas for greening future Street Fairs,* or recognize the most sustainable vendors, at the Zero Waste Boise Institute table. Can’t wait to share? Email info@zerowasteboise.org.

Thanks for being a GFF! See you September 14 – 16.

*Ready for even more advances? So are we! We’re already working toward additional measures for 2019, including updates that weren’t yet possible this year. (Following the discontinuation of local recycling for #1 plastic cups, our Beer Garden searched for suitable alternatives to serve its brews. Regrettably, more sustainable products feasible for use in Boise were not yet to be found. Please stay tuned for 2019!)

Block 75 letter from NENA

NENA recently mailed a letter to Pastor Duane Anders of the Cathedral of the Rockies regarding potential development of the church’s Block 75, a parcel of land between 11th & 12th streets and Fort and Hays. The block currently houses a parking lot, an empty lot, a community orchard, and the Downtown Teaching Farm. It previously was the site of historic homes that were owned by the church. 

Tonight, Sept. 6, the church is holding a public presentation: “The Church & Housing: What Needs to be Done? What can We do?” It will be from 6-7 p.m. at Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th Street, in the Emmaus Center. 


Dear Pastor Anders and members of the Church Council,

The North End Neighborhood Association (NENA) writes this letter in response to the announcement that the Cathedral of the Rockies (FUMC) is evaluating development options for Block 75, which is adjacent to the church. As you are aware, proposed development of this parcel over the past 15 years has been contentious at times for both the church and the neighborhood. Not wanting a repeat of the past, we encourage FUMC to reach out to its neighbors and include the community in open discussions on what development of Block 75 might become.

We wish to state at the outset that we do not oppose development on the site. On the contrary, NENA feels that something truly remarkable could happen here. A project that could transform this seemingly underutilized but extremely significant parcel into a model of sustainable development. But it is important to reiterate that the neighborhood still has serious concerns with the impacts that a development of this magnitude will have on not only its immediate neighbors. Issues such as traffic increases, noise, congestion, parking as well as the massiveness and architectural design could compromise the Hays Street Historic District and the North End as a whole.

Block 75 presents a rare opportunity for the church, its stakeholders and the entire neighborhood to work cooperatively in the creation of a project that could help address Boise’s current need for affordable housing, the parking needs of the church, preservation of green space by retaining a garden while maintaining the historic character of the neighborhood.

Recently, the Salvation Army announced that it was vacating the Booth Home / Marian Pritchett School and selling the property, an entire residential block on 24th Street in the North End Historic District. Wanting to explore the best possible options for the property, NENA teamed with another community partner in conducting a series of visioning workshops for residents and stakeholders.

The outcome of this collaborative visioning workshop produced a remarkable variety of configurations and mixed uses that proved valuable to the developer. This effort resulted in preservation of open space, retention of  most of the mature trees, preservation and repurposing of the historic 1921 school building and  the addition of an  assortment of  housing units including single family, condos and town homes of varying sizes.

But most importantly, this process provided a vehicle that engaged the community in a meaningful process of determining what met community needs while enhancing the neighborhood. We believe the process led to a much smoother transition for the developer because the developer had a better sense of community needs and desires from the very beginning.

A similar process could be implemented for Block 75, and we welcome the church to engage such a process.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to talking with you soon.


The North End Neighborhood Association, Inc.


Be a part of the Street Fair!

Would you like to get involved with the Hyde Park Street Fair this year?

We are looking for few friendly faces to volunteer at our annual neighborhood festival, Sept. 14-16.

If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Kira at (208) 250-4501.

NENA statement on Block 75

For more than 40 years the North End Neighborhood Association (NENA) Board has worked to represent the thoughts and concerns of the neighborhood. As with any neighborhood, there are differing opinions that must be considered. NENA has worked to make sure all voices are heard and equitable outcome are found.

Recently, Boise has seen a boom in growth, resulting in increased participation by the NENA Board in matters that have a direct impact on the neighborhood. The board has prided itself on listening to a variety of voices and supporting the neighborhood, while also providing a platform for concerned citizens to express their thoughts and feelings on matters.
Housing is an issue that many members of the neighborhood are passionate about. Whether it is finding more options for affordable housing, increased density, or historic preservation, the NENA board has listened to the community and worked with the City, developers, and the neighborhood to provide transparent processes that engage the neighborhood.
Currently, Cathedral of the Rockies is exploring options for a parcel of land known as Block 75. The NENA Board has been listening to both the neighborhood and the church regarding this parcel. As with other projects, NENA will continue to gather information from all parties and work toward an equitable outcome. The board will work with all parties to ensure that everyone — those who live near the parcel, those involved with the Downtown Teaching Farm, those at the church –are represented, and their concerns and desires are known.
However, it has recently been brought to the attention of the NENA Board that comments have been made that infer the position of the NENA Board. We issue this statement to clarify that NENA is not intending to litigate anything associated with Block 75. In fact, it is quite the opposite: We wish to engage in an open, honest, and transparent dialogue with Cathedral of the Rockies to ensure what happens at Block 75 will be of benefit to the North End Neighborhood.