The motto of the City Club of Boise--"Nothing happens until people start talking"--is not quite true in the case of Boise's proposal for a streetcar. A lot has already happened, but the venerable old forum, which regularly fills its intellectually challenging luncheons well beyond capacity, is going to add to the conversation with a debate of sorts this week. Cece Gassner, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter's point person on all things streetcar, will deliver the city's vision for laying tracks downtown: economic development, public transportation, a small dose of nostalgia, and--as of a few weeks ago--proof that the feds are on the same page as the city in terms of funding quality-of-life transit projects.
On the other page, George Iliff, managing principal at downtown real estate brokerage Colliers International and a member of the city's Streetcar Task Force, will criticize the city's predictions for economic development and ridership numbers and continue to play the role of trolley skeptic in a suit. We'd rather not fill out the little question cards, so we're going to get this out of the way now: When you were both kids, did you think you'd be a lawyer and a real estate broker, or did you play with trains?
Thursday, Jan. 28, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., $16 members, $23 nonmembers, $10 students for lunch, $5 listen only, The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd.