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dc.contributor.advisorWilliam C. Wheaton.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Matthew Cooley, 1974-en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialn-us-iden_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-03-29T18:22:56Z
dc.date.available2006-03-29T18:22:56Z
dc.date.copyright2000en_US
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/32192
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2000.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 82-84).en_US
dc.description.abstractDowntown Boise, Idaho is a vibrant, safe, and pedestrian friendly city to work, shop, live and play. However, Boise has not always enjoyed its current state of well being. For many years downtown Boise was a desolate wasteland. Very few people frequented downtown, and nearly no one resided downtown. From the late 1960s to the mid 1970s nearly eight city blocks of Boise's Central Business District were demolished with money from Federal Urban Renewal Grants. Thereafter, the redevelopment of downtown Boise was stopped for 15 years due to the supposedly imminent arrival of a downtown, enclosed, retail mall. Thanks to the vision of a few politicians and the actions of a couple of agencies Downtown Boise recovered. This thesis analyzes the mistakes and wisdom of Boise's urban renewal efforts as well as the actions of politicians and agencies in making downtown Boise into a successful mixed-use downtown. In particular, this thesis focuses on what went wrong during Boise's first downtown urban renewal attempt and the actions and practices put into place to ensure the same mistakes did not occur during the second renewal period. I will conclude by highlighting the lessons learned through the process of rejuvenating downtown Boise. This thesis is intended to aid cities that find themselves in the desolate situation Downtown Boise found itself 15 years ago. By understanding both the process by which downtown Boise was changed and the lessons learned throughout the first and second urban renewal endeavors, it is my hope that cities will gain ideas to assist them in the rebuilding and improving of their own downtowns.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Matthew Cooley Smith.en_US
dc.format.extent84 p.en_US
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectArchitecture.en_US
dc.titleThe rebirth of downtown Boise : how it was accomplished and lessons learneden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture
dc.identifier.oclc48455636en_US


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