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Boise has been Smoking Hot this Summer













































Summer 2012 has been a hot one although as of today and into next week our temperatures are cooling. July and August have had day after day of 100 degree temps and the valley has been hazed, and I mean thickly hazed in with smoke from fires from in state as well as California, Oregon, and Nevada. There are currently two huge forest fires burning near Boise, each around 100,000 acres so far and are large enough that they have been photographed from space.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fi...820-idaho.html

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Nat...w.php?id=78872




The smoke has been so thick that the mountains have been hidden behind the haze. The skyline photos below and throughout the thread are missing the backdrop of the mountains. Today they were in view because we only had mild smoke.




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Construction of what will become Boise's new tallest



























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Beautiful! The more photos I see of Boise, the more I think I'm in love with it. Thanks for sharing these.

The prominent visibility of Boise's gay community doesn't strike other forumers as ironic; probably no one else on these forums is old enough to be aware of the scandalous gay witch hunts that took place there in the mid-1950s. The investigations then quietly came to a halt when the most vocal moral crusaders realized that the investigations ultimately would implicate even the wealty ahd powerful, including some of their own ranks.
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2012, 4:11 AM
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I don't know how or why, but Boise reminded me of Brooklyn. Both are currently attracting tons of creative types and young people (think DUMBO in Brooklyn). Both start with a B. Both have a tallest UC. Both have a cool alternative vibe. Boise is missing Fulton St, which is definitely ok by me.

Loved the photos.
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Great shots. What will be Boise's new tallest?
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2012, 3:43 PM
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Beautiful thread and shots, with a very nice music too! Thanks.

I'm very sorry about those fires in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. It's a real and great pity. Unfortunately in Spain we are suffering several devastating fires, besides of drought and very high temperatures. I can't understand why all these fires have been provocated, it's something really inexplicable.

Well, I've enjoyed a lot of your pictures. Boise looks very pretty. I like it's very green parks, that wild river and those streets.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Thanks for this!

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Boise seems to be going for a Mountain West version of Portland vibe. Looks like a really nice city. An alternative title for this thread could be, "There's Chinese Tunnels Under Boise!". Thanks for the photos!

Is there a construction thread for the new tallest tower going up?
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Great pics! I really like Boise.

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Boise seems to be going for a Mountain West version of Portland vibe.
Well, it's actually pretty close to Portland - so it kinda has a mountain west/pacific northwest crossover feel.
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Boise seems to be going for a Mountain West version of Portland vibe. Looks like a really nice city. An alternative title for this thread could be, "There's Chinese Tunnels Under Boise!". Thanks for the photos!

Is there a construction thread for the new tallest tower going up?
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...=195158&page=4
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Pretty nice looking city. Thanks!

I don't know much about Idaho but I wasn't expecting Boise to be so flat. I can only assume there are mountains not too far away.
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I might have to do a road trip to this funky little city because it looks like a better, more Portlandian Portland.
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Beautiful! The more photos I see of Boise, the more I think I'm in love with it. Thanks for sharing these.

The prominent visibility of Boise's gay community doesn't strike other forumers as ironic; probably no one else on these forums is old enough to be aware of the scandalous gay witch hunts that took place there in the mid-1950s. The investigations then quietly came to a halt when the most vocal moral crusaders realized that the investigations ultimately would implicate even the wealty ahd powerful, including some of their own ranks.

I am a young one so I was not around when that took place, but I learned about it in high school and read the book and was amazed about the prominent people involved who were wealthy and how some were never found out. It's ironic that this type and similar activities still take place in areas all over the USA but the big people are getting busted.


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Great shots. What will be Boise's new tallest?

It is going to be the Idaho headquarters for Zions Bank.



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Pretty nice looking city. Thanks!

I don't know much about Idaho but I wasn't expecting Boise to be so flat. I can only assume there are mountains not too far away.
Here is my attempt at a description of the location and I hope it makes sense because I have had a few micro brews

Boise is at the bottom of a river valley with foothills rising to the mountains along the north of the city and ancient river benches that rise to the south of downtown. The Owyhee Mountains are also south of town.

The sunset photos were taken near Table Rock in the foothills and the Boise Mountains rise directly to the right of the views and the mountains way off in the western distance near the Oregon state line were hidden by the smoke as were the Boise Foothills/Mountains in the skyline photos from the Depot. The lower Foothills have a lot of residential development. Boise is at the base of mountains that stretch continuously nearly 400 miles north to the Canadian border and west into Oregon and east across all of Idaho into Montana.



Here is a photo I shot this spring of the mountains that rise above the city. I have more with the skyline and will post some later.
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Great pics! I really like Boise.



Well, it's actually pretty close to Portland - so it kinda has a mountain west/pacific northwest crossover feel.
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I might have to do a road trip to this funky little city because it looks like a better, more Portlandian Portland.
People often will say Boise is portlandish to an extent. I kind of agree because both cities are outdoorsy, cycling is very popular; if you don't have a bike in either city then you are a nerd. In both cities coffee and beer are staples, both have award winning wine regions in close proximity, both are hippie/grungy/ arty, and also trendy and yuppie, salmon are popular, there are the rivers, trees, mountains, etc and Portland is the nearest large city to our west. Boise may be more arid, but the evergreen forests begin above the city and spread out forever north, east and west. The Boise River water eventually ends up flowing through the Snake to the Columbia and to Portland. Salmon that swim back home to Idaho from the Pacific will pass through Portland on their way back to the Sawtooth Mountains and other areas of Idaho.

Within my circle of friends there are a fair number of young professional types who have moved from Portland to Boise for more sun and to enjoy a smaller more intimate city and I know people who have moved from Boise to Portland for a bigger city experience.

I feel that Boise is growing into its own funk and vibe although there are similarities to Portland, but at the same time Boise has its own thing going on. It is more conservative than Portland but much more liberal than say SLC. Boise has a good balance.
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Great thread Sawtooth! I like the pics below...clever.



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HOT! That river is such a prize. I know of several larger cities that could learn a lot from Boise.
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Awesome thread!! Loved the pics. Also, I have never heard that song before. I like it quite a bit actually.
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Beautiful photos and interesting variety. Go BSU!!!
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Love it. Boise is a worthy slice of American pie.

Is that guy with the guitar still running for president?? He may be a better choice over the two we have to choose from in November lol.
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The one photo brough back memories of school of a person nick named Munch Box..
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Wow, Boise's quite eclectic.
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