"It's better for everybody, not just the cyclists," said Lisa Brady, board president of the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. "It keeps people from hitting cyclists, keeps pedestrians away from heavier, moving traffic. It may cause some congestion, but I think people are going to work that out."
City Center Plaza would be built in the US Bank Building parking lot. In place of the cars, developers want new restaurants and an underground hub for city buses.
The 17-story tower is the tallest in Idaho, now home to a gym and a few restaurants with more tenants to come. Shopkeepers on Eighth Street are glad their new neighbors have moved in.
Tommy Miller of Boise said he saw a lot of "forgettable" commercials, but with ads of all types, many came away with a few memorable moments from Super Bowl XLVIII.
"It's unbelievable," said Kellie Drzayich. "To see the blue sky, it's hard to believe that it's really real. We've had so much smog for so long."
Some are concerned noise might be an issue because at the closest part, one home would be just 620 feet from the stage.
Rep. Hy Kloc of Boise said he wants more children to start school earlier. He added other states are seeing the benefits of paying for Pre-K programs.
"I'm getting married this year, and I will have kids," said Megan Gailey of Boise. "If we do end up getting a large amount of (education) funding, then I will be more willing to stay in Boise and raise my kids here and in the schools that are here."
"We are racing the clock, yes," said Dan Everhart of Preservation Idaho. "It's an uphill battle because the neighborhood has been ignored for so long that a lot of the properties are more dilapidated, more run-down."
One of the first in the state to use them was the Canyon County Sheriff's Office. They use a thumb-sized camera, recording when they respond to certain calls.
Online sales last year hit $1.5 billion, and experts say this year could reach closer to $2 billion.
"They were just kind of bulldozing it," Christian Cardona said. "They were just kind of knocking the upper part of the house down. I think it was just unstable, so they were just knocking that down before it fell on someone and did any more damage."
"The ordinance goes too far and violates constitutionally protected speech," said Erika Birch, an ACLU-Idaho board member.
In all, two fire stations would be rebuilt, one would be relocated and another would be remodeled if voters approve the measure. A new $6.8 million fire training facility would also be constructed.
The event was rebranded this year, which could have accounted for the decline in participants, said Race Coordinator Tanda Weeks.