Jweshawk: (RE: Boise best at getting it right): I grew up in CDA and much later lived and worked in Boise. A huge difference as I see it is that Boise has benefactors who have donated vastly to making it a wonderful place to live and work. Look at the green belt, Kathryn Albertson, Ann Morrison, and Julia Davis parks. Simplot provided monetary support for the arts in Boise and throughout Idaho including Ballet Idaho, Opera Idaho, and the Boise Philharmonic. CDA now has the Kroc Center, but what have Hagadone or others, I won't name, given back? There are some rather well off old families that have taken (silver & lumber) and not given back IMHO, but that one family certainly sticks out.
DFO: Coeur d'Alene has benefactors, too — like Steve & Judy Meyer. Also, it has a long history of community fund-raising that wholly or in part built the cancer center, the library, the Kroc Center. Coeur d'Alene, of course, has a entrenched group of CAVErs that has fought every good project that's come along. But it has still prospered.
Question: Can you think of individuals or corporations who has contributed to Coeur d'Alene's quality of life?