Sven Berg, Idaho Statesman

Sven Berg

Idaho Statesman

Boise, ID, United States

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Past articles by Sven:

Businesses here. Housing there. What new city spending may bring to 2 areas of Boise

The city of Boise and its urban renewal agency, Capital City Development Corp., are planning urban renewal districts, Gateway East in the Eisenman area and Shoreline, to spur industrial and residential growth. → Read More

The Cabin will move to make room for Boise’s library. Where? Boise’s City Council balks

The Boise City Council voted to move The Cabin to make room for a new library building on Capitol Boulevard north of the Boise River. Three options are in or near Julia Davis Park and the Black History Museum. → Read More

Boise’s bike riders will get the Greenbelt-to-North End route they’ve always wanted

The Ada County Highway District picked 11th Street as a north-south connection from the Boise River Greenbelt, through Downtown and the North End, to Camel’s Back Park, because it is a mostly unbroken route. → Read More

Women will be a majority of the Ada County Commission. Here’s what to expect

The Treasure Valley’s growth was the key issue in Ada County commissioner elections. Some candidates criticized the approval of planned communities like Dry Creek. Others stressed cooperation with Boise. → Read More

Cole Road work is about to start in earnest. Here’s how it’ll affect the commute

Ada County Highway District plans to begin work Nov. 14 on Cole Road in Boise from Interstate 84 to Franklin Road. The project will widen Cole from three to five lanes and add medians, sidewalks, curbs and gutters. → Read More

If you got a vehicle-emissions reminder from Ada County, it may have this mistake

The Ada County, Idaho, Air Quality Board just sent 11,000 notices to car owners telling them they need to check their cars’ emissions in September instead of the correct month, November. → Read More

If you drive South Cole Road, prepare for a year of delays — or pick a new route

Ada County Highway District plans to start work Nov. 7 on a $6 million project to widen Cole Road between Franklin Road and Interstate 84, and add medians, sidewalks, bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks. → Read More

Sven Berg: I almost died my first time on an e-scooter

Idaho Statesman reporter Sven Berg tested a Bird scooter a few days after Lime and Bird launched e-scooter service in Boise. He had a near miss when a car almost hit him near Ann Morrison Park in Boise. → Read More

This building in a redeveloping part of Garden City will house job trainers, apartments

Life’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that trains at-risk young people how to work in restaurants, hopes to move from a city-owned former motel on Capitol Boulevard in Boise to 34th and Clay streets in Garden City. → Read More

CWI wants you to pay for a new health-care building. Here’s why they say you should

The College of Western Idaho proposes a levy to pay for a $49 million health science building at CWI’s Nampa campus. Backers say the lessons of a failed 2016 bond measure inform their campaign. → Read More

Former Stampede owner, who opposes Boise stadium, banned from City Hall over altercation

Bill Ilett appears to have confronted the director of the Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency. He’s accused of a “physical confrontation” and banned from City Hall. → Read More

Boise just inched closer to backing a baseball stadium in this Grove Plaza vote

Boise acquired The Grove Plaza from Capital City Development Corp., the city’s urban renewal agency. The city could sell it to Greater Boise Auditorium District and use the money to help build a West End stadium. → Read More

Meridian’s Lime scooters rollout was a debacle. Now the city will watch what Boise does

Scooter- and bike-share companies Lime and Bird both want to operate in Meridian and Boise. Lime suspended service in Meridian, its first Idaho market, until March. It’s working with Boise on an agreement. → Read More

Look what Boise has in mind for Quinn’s Pond: a pollinator garden and ... musical trees?

One of Boise Parks and Recreation’s two concepts for an undeveloped area near Quinn’s Pond has a fishing dock, floating wetland and a pollinator garden and musical instruments amid trees. → Read More

Affordable housing, health concerns behind denial of truck terminal near mobile homes

Boise Planning and Zoning commissioners voted 4-2 to deny R+L Carriers’ application for a truck terminal on Eisenman Road. Residents of mobile home park Blue Valley worried about diesel fumes and noise. → Read More

Bieter wants transit. State won’t let Boiseans tax themselves. Now Bieter sees end run

Cities like Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Lewiston, Meridian and Garden City support local option taxing authority. The Idaho Legislature has not authorized these elections. A citizen initiative could. → Read More

The weed patch by Quinn’s Pond could get a makeover. Here’s what you could see there.

Boise Parks and Recreation plans to install grass and an irrigation system at Quinn’s Pond, south of Esther Simplot Park and west of the whitewater park. Other amenities, such as a playground, could follow. → Read More

Melba businessman, pilot owned plane that crashed near Silver City, killing three

The plane went down around 9:10 a.m., near Silver City in the Owyhee Mountains. A dog also died. The Cessna 210 crashed due to unknown circumstances, according to the FAA. → Read More

Bieter proposes smaller lots, more in-law units to fight housing-cost increases

Boise Mayor David Bieter is proposing to make it easier to build and rent in-law units, give developers more flexibility, reduce lot sizes and spend money to encourage affordable housing. → Read More

These Garden City grocers hope for a zero-waste ‘revolution’ in a burned-out hookah bar

Roots Zero Waste Market would not have plastic shopping bags. It would buy food with reusable buckets and burlap bags, or compostable paper, instead of single-use plastic packaging. → Read More