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Rethinking the Road: Boise Public Lands Tour Brings More Than Wheels to Boise Streets 

By May 14, 2018No Comments

Children, led by professional dancers from Project Flux, danced down Broad Street on Saturday, mimicking chickens by putting their hands on their hips and flapping their elbows. It was a whimsical display, even as a car pulled out of the Trader Joe’s parking lot and tried to edge around them.

The display was part of the Public Lands Tour, which transformed the corner of Sixth and Broad streets in front of Boise Weekly and Boise Brewing into a laboratory for reimagining streets as public spaces owned by—and used for the pleasure of—all.

“It’s yours. It’s yours to be in. That’s the overarching narrative,” said Brett Seely, a volunteer for the National Street Service, the streets education organization that put on the tour.

The event brought food trucks, a sidewalk chalk chessboard, dancing lessons and other activities to the corner, all under the rubric of “ownership of the street.” It was one of three stops on the tour, which also included “reflection” at the intersection of Vista Avenue and Targee Street, and “comfort and protection” at Orchard and Denton streets. The stops were connected by a trolley bus, and participants who visited all three were rewarded with a prize.


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