Be careful what you wish for.
Having lived in Tucson for 35 years, southern Arizona experienced exactly what the Boise Metro area is experiencing when it comes to two things. 1) F-35s. 2) Light rail.
1) Tucson killed the F-35 because those living near the airport and Davis Montana AFB thought it would be too loud. A $50 million a year project was turned down.
2) Tucson invested in light rail. The original investment was proposed at $90 million for a four-mile stretch. $70 million was coming from a federal government grant. Eventually the four-year project killed nearly 30 small businesses along the four-mile stretch and cost overruns went to $190 million with an overlooked $4-$5 million a year maintenance. The city and county still remain each close to a billion dollars in debt and the ridership since 2014 when it was completed has declined each year. I’m not saying every economic boost is a good one but sometimes you have to weigh the cost benefit instead of a purely emotional reaction. Boise is growing and will continue to need economic dollars coming into the Treasure Valley.
Jeff Engelbert, Eagle