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Mail August 16, 2017


After the "Bed Sheet Protest," Not Everyone Is Sleeping Well

Unfortunately, I don't really feel it was a success. We had to make, what I call, "a deal with the devil." The impact on our neighborhood is still there. Integrity lost, over-development still happening, and safety is still a concern. We only reached the "compromise" because it impacts Jake and I less. It's really unfortunate that these developers are allowed to come in and divide up these lots, and as long as they reach code, the neighbors don't have a say-so in the matter. And then they just get to walk away and they don't have to deal with the consequences of their development. We do. It's really an unfortunate situation for the citizens that live in the areas where this is happening. There is a better way to do this—a way that is mutually beneficial for all. The city should reevaluate as it continues to grow.

—Adrianne McDannel Burlile, Facebook

It's a tough balance. Higher density, but still single family, housing (a.k.a. infill) keeps traffic and long commute air pollution down for all, but has to be balanced with the character of the neighborhood. The city needs to create house size/lot size constraints as well as consider street/garage parking. Builders/developers will need to be flexible and creative to accommodate parking needs while minimizing disturbances to neighbors. Neighbors need to be flexible and understand that landowners have property rights to respect. It sounds like this was a case where all those aspects were met for a compromise solution. We need more middle ground solutions like this. There's no "me" in compromise.

—Chiliheadboise, boiseweekly.com

This community sounds like bunch of snobs. Just because a house and lot is smaller does not mean the owners are of an inferior quality or character. I wouldn't want to live with neighbors that have a preconceived attitude.

—Darla L. Nordstrom, Facebook

That's great that they had success. Our neighborhood did not, and what was zoned for single use dwellings became a 50 unit (talked down from 125) low income with a private basketball court. The surveyors made a mistake, but this would be on a less than three acre area. Residents have also stated the schools are at capacity in the area. This also happened in the East End. While I believe low income housing and fair housing is needed, I wish the city would have been realistic to the area.

—Kathy O Hair, Facebook

It was foolish to develop a plan without coordination and discussion with the adjacent properties. In Salt Lake City, this is required. Maybe Boise should try it. Flag lots are dumb and can drastically change the effect [on] other properties. That said, density is the way forward.

—Demian Hanks, Facebook

Happy for this neighborhood. Ours turned out the opposite, which led to us relocating.

—Amber DiMaria, Facebook