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THIS IS YOUR DOWNTOWN

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Local businesses need your support now more than ever

Small businesses help fuel local economies. But for a lot of us, times are tough right now. In light of recent events, many local businesses are modifying their hours and the ways they serve their communities. Some are even closing our doors altogether. Here’s how you can help make a difference.

Shop online or call. 
Whether you’re buying a one-of-a-kind find from your favorite vintage store or toilet paper from your local pharmacy, visit their online shop – it’s always open. (cough, cough.) JUSTINWJOHN.COM/shop (nudge, nudge.) Don’t forget to visit the Downtown Boise Association’s list of businesses you can support here in your Boise community. Feel free to post others that need a shout out too!

Order delivery or pickup.
Your favorite meal spot may not be open for table service – but they might deliver curbside or right to your door. Who said social distancing couldn’t be delicious? Plus, if you order through a third party like Uber Eats or Grubhub, you’ll be supporting another local independent contractor. Two for one!

Buy a gift card to use later.
Show support now and treat yourself later – your timely purchase could make a difference.

Join the party.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting local businesses through this challenging time. Together, we can keep our communities vibrant. Visit Downtown Boise’s Facebook Event Page for a list of the local events that you won’t want to miss!

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Shop Small® is so much more than Small Business Saturday®. It’s a year-round movement that’s all about helping communities thrive, one purchase at a time.

We invite you to Shop Small with your favorite businesses — like (hint, hint) the one posting this — because it not only boosts local economies, but makes a big difference in communities around the world.

Thanks always for your continued support — we can’t wait to see you!

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JUSTIN W JOHN

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Greenbelt’s Fairview Avenue underpass gets a vibrant makeover

Greenbelt Mural "Go With The Flow"
Greenbelt Mural "Go With The Flow"

Greenbelt’s Fairview Avenue underpass gets a vibrant makeover

 

 

The 50th anniversary of the Greenbelt is less than a month away, and to help celebrate the anniversary, the Boise Department of Arts and History selected an artist to paint the retaining walls located in the underpass of the Fairview Avenue bridge.

— Read on www.kivitv.com/news/greenbelts-fairview-avenue-underpass-gets-a-vibrant-makeover

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Tunnel Vision and The Neurodivergent​

Underpass

GO WITH THE FLOW

I get that public art needs to take many points of view into consideration before being painting/installed/constructed/etc. and during that vetting process “Jane & John Q. Public” and their needs should be first and foremost in mind. However, I can’t help but wonder, at what point do addressing the needs of everyone become too burdening to the project at hand? When does trying to please everyone become too much?

When amazing projects become victims of pleasing an overly demanding society of neutrality, political correctness, transparency, and basically trying to not ruffle any feathers; does that consider our first amendment? Is that how we got to be Americans? My history book reads otherwise, maybe I’m jumping to extremes to compare public art in 2019 to our great ancestors that fought in battles over freedom, but then again, maybe I’m not.

Underpass
CURRENT STATE OF THE UNDERPASS

I’m partial of course, but seriously, where is the line when it comes to making sure everyone is safe and enjoying art in public spaces?

WARNING: ONLY PRESS PLAY IF YOU CAN HANDLE STROBING LIGHTS. DO NOT PRESS PLAY IF STROBING FLASHING LIGHTS AND COLORS ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH!!!

IF THIS is what was on play in the underpass, well then yes, I would agree that it probably is not a good idea for this public space.

This public art project will be happening at the end of August 2019, there has been some push back on social media over the project and it being too visually overbearing and potentially causing harm to people that use the underpass by way of causing some sort of reaction due to the overwhelming stimulus it creates. Personally, I find some of the concerns a bit ridiculous and easily avoidable if one does not want to see this mural. Is it me or is this just a case of haters gonna hate?

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JOHN Q. PUBLIC

HATERS GONNA HATE

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?

RANDOM AND NOT REALLY RELATED, BUT WANTED TO SHARE ANYWAY….