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Stories on Place, True and Otherwise

From an April Fool's reveal to a River Street dig, Italy and the Boise Greenbelt

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By now (we hope), it should be apparent that last week's feature story (Boise Weekly, "From Homespun to High-Gloss: The changing face of Hyde Park," April 1, 2015) was too bad to be true.

For the record: 50 homes surrounding Hyde Park will not be demolished this summer to make way for a multi-story shopping arcade. No, there will not be a gondola stretching from 13th Street to Bogus Basin. There is not a store in Boise called the "Atmospherialist"; nor is there a hospital called St. Gertrude's specializing in hip replacements. There is no agency called the Boise Council of Aesthetic Values, Compatibility Concern and Consistency Issues. This much is true: There is a city in the United States called Boise and in it is a neighborhood called Hyde Park. It's also true that Dean Gunderson, who created the renderings for the article, is a class-act and a stellar artist. The identity of Dr. Roberta T. Axidea, Ph.D., will have to remain a secret.

If we fooled you for even a few minutes, great. If not, we'll try harder next year. If you spent the past week fuming and blowing up the phones at City Hall, we're sorry (sort of) and apologize for any unhealthy increase in your blood pressure. Sincere apologies, however, do go to the folks at the city of Boise who had to field those phone calls.

It was all in good fun and now that we've had our chuckle and revealed that Boiseans really like Hyde Park the way it is, it's time to get back to being at least semi-serious.

In this week's paper, BW News Editor George Prentice reports on a proposal from Boise City Councilman TJ Thomson to prohibit new fast food restaurants—and marketing—from areas within 1,000 feet of a school.

We again take a look at a Boise neighborhood—this time along River Street, where an often overlooked home is set to be explored by archaeologists.

Speaking of stories about place, we profile an exhibition at Boise State University showcasing photos taken by and of author Ernest Hemingway in the Veneto region of northern Italy and, elsewhere, we have a story about a new law that could have a chilling effect on trail development.