Boise & Garden City

The Boise Commons conducting city-wide survey on neighborhood engagement

As The Boise Commons processes results from earlier surveys of the city's neighborhood association presidents and board members, it is conducting another, broader survey.

This one is an anonymous, online questionnaire designed to gauge things like Boise residents' familiarity, trust and cooperation with neighbors; awareness of and participation in neighborhood associations; how much people value neighborhood associations; what they think the associations should do; and ways the city government should help the associations.

The survey will be open until at least May 15. Boise Commons will provide findings from the survey to city government, the news media and neighborhood associations, according to a news release.

The Boise Commons was originally formed in 2014 under the name "Social Planetarium of Boise/Treasure Valley," said Matt Shapiro, who formed the organization along with former Boise City Councilman Jerome Mapp and urban design expert Dean Gunderson.

The group's goal is to put on "projects, spaces, events, processes, tools, and campaigns through which people of all ages can learn about their community and society, explore issues, reflect on their roles, and work together to develop solutions in the context of desired futures," according to its website.