The former governor told his story of Downtown Boise at a breakfast Wednesday morning.
In today's paper, business reporter Sandra Forester has a great write-up on Kempthorne captaining the ship on Downtown development, including a surprise closed-door meeting to get people to agree on a convention center.
I'm still pretty new to Boise (but not to Idaho). But with all the retail options we have, I can't imagine convoys of buses lining up to take Treasure Valley shoppers to Salt Lake City.
I also can't imagine a Downtown Boise without parking garages. Granted, the street parking is awesome here compared with other cities. (Free 20 minutes? Free weekends? Sign me up!) But garages are an urban inevitability.
Anyway, here's a Kempthorne quote on garage-reluctance, from Wednesday's breakfast:
"This is the West. You tie your horse up out front," he said. "You don't park it in the barn and walk."