The Central Addition: Boise's LIV District
The City of Boise’s conversion of the Central Addition neighborhood into a LIV District aims to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce pollution by encouraging alternative forms of transportation, like walking or biking, rather than driving. Our project focused on documenting the forms of transportation that are currently used in the Central Addition and on measuring public opinion of the neighborhood. We collected pre-project traffic counts, documented the biking infrastructure in the neighborhood, and surveyed residents, employees, and visitors of the Central Addition neighborhood. Our traffic counts show that before the conversion of the Central Addition into a LIV District, the neighborhood was mainly used by single-occupant vehicles, and relatively few people walked or biked in the neighborhood. We surveyed Central Addition residents, employees, and visitors to determine how easy and safe they thought it was to walk, bike, and ride the bus in the neighborhood, and to determine their overall enjoyment of the neighborhood. When compared with post-project data, our data will show how the renovation of the neighborhood into a LIV District will affect the infrastructure, transportation, and public opinion of the neighborhood. If the project is successful in its goals of improving livability and increasing the use of alternative transportation, it could lead to the completion of similar projects in other Boise neighborhoods.
Mortensen, Sebrina; Bales, Kailee; Teget, James; and Dugdale, Kellie, "The Central Addition: Boise's LIV District" (2017). 2017 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference.