June 03, 2021 at 12:35pm | Marcie Ellison
Hope your summer is off to a great start! As always, here is our monthly roundup of some of the top stories circulating about (and around) the Booming Boise area. Designed for lifelong Idahoans and newcomers alike - there's something for everyone!

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2021's Best Biking Cities in America
Source:  LawnStarter

Happy World Bicycle Day(June 3, 2021)! To mark the occasion, Lawnstarter compared the 200 largest U.S. cities on how conducive they were for living a "bike-friendly lifestyle" - and Boise made the top ten! Check out the full report (and see what other cities made the list) here.


Thousands of More Homes in Eagle's Foothills?
Source: BoiseDev

A previously planned (but never constructed) community deemed 'Spring Valley' has recently regained traction. If the project successfully moves forward, the new community will be located in the foothills north of Eagle and is projected to include "12,000 homes, a hotel, restaurants, a vineyard, and equestrian centers". Check out BoiseDev's full article here.


Boise's "On Fire" Rental Market Pushing Renters to Edge
Source: Idaho Press Tribune

Our local rental market has certainly kept pace with our real estate market. And it's rapid uptick has undeniably impacted many renters across the Treasure Valley. Check out this in-depth Idaho Press Tribune article to read how renters are responding, what key factors have played into the state current rental market, and how the Emergency Rental Assistance Program is helping some Ada County citizens.


Boise's Economic & Population Growth Momentum: Market Spotlight
Source: Think Realty

This article summarizes what we're seeing and experiencing on the ground in our local real estate market. With more people working remotely than ever before, we're seeing a large influx of people relocating from more expensive cities to the Boise area. This rapid increase in demand - coupled with historically low rates of inventory (and low mortgage rates) - has strongly impacted housing prices. Read the full article here to discover why Boise’s economic and population growth momentum is said to be one of the brightest in the country (and learn about several factors that could lead to a market rebalance).

Major Road Construction Project: Ustick Road Overpass
Source:  KTVB

The Idaho Transportation Department is in the process of closing the Ustick Road Overpass to begin demolishing the bridge. The overpass is being replaced to make room for additional lanes to be added to Interstate 84 between Caldwell and Nampa. Read more (or watch a video overview) about the full project (and what to expect for your Nampa/Caldwell commute) here.

Looking for the Perfect Durable Cooler? Check out this Local Outdoor Gear Company
Source:  Cordova Outdoors  /  BoiseDev

Planning a camping trip this summer? Looking for a new durable cooler to add to your gear? Check out locally owned and operated Cordova! They produce insulated coolers, backpacks, water bottles & more on-site in Nampa and ship to national retailers (such as Cabela's & Bass Pro Shops) across the country. Check out their website here and/or view the team at BoiseDev's recent feature article covering their booming business here.


Boise River Float Season is Coming
Source: KTVB

While the Boise River float season typically starts around June 21st, it always comes down to the state of the river. According to this news report, the river is currently flowing at about 1500 cubic feet per second (CFS) - for floating season to open the speed will need to come down to 1250 CFS. Pandemic aside, 2020 was actually the busiest float season ever - and they're anticipating that 2021 will be even busier! Get ready to float (and be sure to also check out this article for tips on how to do so safely).


Boise Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program
Source: Idaho News

The Boise Public Library just kicked off their summer reading program (it will run from June 1 - August 5, 2021)! Check out this Idaho News article for the more information and then visit the Boise Public Library's website to get started.


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