A friend of mine recently visited me from out of town, and the first thing she said to me was, “I can’t believe what I saw; clothing, laundry, tents, blankets were on a wall on the Connector.” She continued by saying how weird it was that the first thing you see about downtown when you come off the Connector is the appearance of a ghetto — not very pleasant and not saying much for the community or the city itself. I tried to explain to her what it was, but she insisted that downtown has become an unpleasant place to visit and she could not get over that Boise has allowed itself to be displayed in such a negative way. The only thing I can think to remedy this is to hurry up and get these people housed and clean up that situation down there.
Tammy Ikonen, Boise
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