Eye On Boise

LeFavour's defense of the North End

This photo shows the Hyde Park district in Boise's historic North End, a neighborhood - and legislative district - that state budget director Wayne Hammon spoke disparagingly of when he presented the governor's budget and stimulus recommendations to JFAC on Thursday. Of the area, which tends to vote Democratic, Hammon said, “The future of Idaho is not contained in the North End.” (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
This photo shows the Hyde Park district in Boise's historic North End, a neighborhood - and legislative district - that state budget director Wayne Hammon spoke disparagingly of when he presented the governor's budget and stimulus recommendations to JFAC on Thursday. Of the area, which tends to vote Democratic, Hammon said, “The future of Idaho is not contained in the North End.” (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, offered a chance to defend her district after it was dissed by state budget director Wayne Hammon (he told her, “The future of Idaho is not contained in the North End”), had this to say: "The Statehouse is in my district - we're all standing in the district. It's full of small business owners and people who work hard of all incomes, people who've lived all over the state. I'm from Custer County. ... I think the issue here is safety for people, it's kids on bikes who don't have a bus to ride because he seems to be dead-determined, him and the governor, not to do a thing for public transportation." LeFavour also called Hammon's dig about her district "a little bit of a juvenile pot-shot, frankly."

This photo shows the historic Hyde Park commercial district in the North End, famous for the annual Hyde Park Street Fair - which in recent years has become so large it's actually moved out of the small commercial strip and into nearby Camel's Back Park. I have to admit some personal experience here - when my husband and I were first married 22 years ago, our first home was in the North End, a tiny but "charming Northender" badly in need of fix-up on which, of course, we did all the work ourselves, just like most of our neighbors. It's become more trendy since then, but still has an old Boise feel; back then, our next-door neighbor had lived there since her early childhood when her home was new-built, and she was over 90 years old.




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