For the past several months, Boise Weekly HQ (523 Broad St.) has been surrounded by the construction of an apartment complex and two hotels and roadwork on the Central Addition LIV District. Though the walls and windows—and our eardrums—rattled as excavators, backhoes, gravel-filled trucks and cranes rumbled by, we strove to appreciate all of the tearing down and building up as a sign of growth and prosperity and to see our role in the evolution of our city. However, we had to make big adjustments in our day-to-day routines. We had to navigate closed lanes, detours, mounds of asphalt—which, in the winter, turned into mountains of hard-packed snow and ice—torn-up or totally missing sidewalks and giant pieces of machinery. We had to compete with construction personnel for parking spaces. These weren't hardships, they were merely inconveniences; but construction and roadwork did (and continues to) cause people across the Treasure Valley to adjust their routes to and from home, work, school, grocery stores, restaurants, doctors' offices, etc., etc., etc. While I like change, I'm also a creature of habit, and as my 10-minute commute to work became a 30-minute slog, I'll admit I had a couple of in-vehicle tantrums—but it's more than that. Although, to some degree, there have always been Treasure Valley motorists who behave as though whatever they have to do is so important driving laws don't apply to them, drivers seem to be getting more aggressive, particularly around construction areas or in heavy traffic, where normal speeds aren't possible. Whipping around the car in front of you isn't just an act of assholery, it's dangerous—especially now that school (for both children and adults) is back in session. There are more pedestrians and cyclists on the roads, and a knee-jerk reaction to a traffic slowdown can change the course of someone's life forever—or end it.
We don't know when the construction and roadwork will end (if ever), so in the meantime, keep in mind we're all trying to adapt to this new landscape. And please cycle/drive/walk carefully.