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Mon., March 3, 2014, 11:16 a.m.

Morse Bill Would Change City Looks

Eighth & Main would have a "little hat" instead of a spire that sparked a citywide discussion - and a little grumbling - about whether it looked like the top of a Mormon temple. Jack's Urban Meeting Place, under construction between 9th, 11th, Front and Myrtle streets, would be more colorful. It might be finished by now. Trader Joe's would have less window space and no awnings on its Capitol Boulevard side. Plans for the state's parking garage on Washington Street just north of the Capitol might not have "vertical elements." House Bill 480, sponsored by Republican Reps. Robert Anderst and Rick Youngblood, of Nampa, and Ed Morse, of Hayden, would stop cities from requiring "specific exterior design aesthetics or beautification beyond surface finishes" on buildings/Sven Berg, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: The city of Coeur d'Alene calculates that it would cost $100,000 to bring city codes in compliance with this bill should it pass. Methinks legislators haven't considered all the consequences to this hasty legislation. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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