These are a few of the many publications we offer for sale at the Center on Main.
Books are also available for purchase at BSU’s Publications & Books Online Catalog.
Quintessential Boise – An Architectural Journey
By Charles Hummel and Tim Woodward with Jeanne Huff.
Quintessential Boise offers a five-star system for understanding authentic streetscapes. Searching for the Boise in Boise—for the elements that define our city, making Boise unique—the book is a primer on architecture that works. In Quintessential Boise you’ll find: commentary on architectural traditions and styles; analysis of growth and transportation patterns; dazzling photography, both contemporary and historic; art prints from the City of Boise’s collection; history and maps of neighborhood subregions; personal reflections on downtown’s urban renewal. “What makes us different is priceless. Think of this book as a guide to what makes Boise like no place else.” From chapter one: “Five Fundamentals of Place.”
Environmental Politics and Policy in the West
Edited by Drs. John C. Freemuth (BSU) and Zachary A. Smith
Population growth and industrial development have put the wide-open spaces and natural resources that define the West under immense stress. Vested interests clash and come to terms over embattled resources such as water, minerals, and even open space. The federal government controls 40 to 80 percent of the land base in many western states; its sway over the futures of the West’s communities and environment has prompted the development of unique policies and politics in the West.
Smith and Freemuth bring together a roster of top scholars to explicate environmental policies independently of Washington, and how and when science is involved (or ignored) in management of the West’s federal lands. Experts in individual resource areas explore multifaceted issues such as the politics of dam removal and restoration, wildlife resource concerns, suburban sprawl and smart growth, the management of hard-rock mining, and the allocation of the West’s tightly limited water resources.
Latinos in Idaho: Celebrando Cultura
Edited by Dr. Robert McCarl (BSU)
This collection is a documentary mix including essays and interviews inspired by “Fiesta Idaho,” a folk festival that interprets the history and culture of Idaho’s Latino community.
Esta colección es una mezcla documental que incluye ensayos y entrevistas inspirados por “Fiesta Idaho”, un festival folclórico que interpreta la historia y cultura de la communidad Latina en Idaho.
Mobile Home Living in Boise: Its Uncertain Future and Alarming Decline
by Boise State University College of Social Sciences
and Public Affairs
The Idaho Statesman’s Katherine Keller writes, ‘’Mobile home parks are often viewed as ramshackle, crime-ridden refuges of last resort for the city’s poorest residents. …BSU researchers looked at Boise because the city has about 50 mobile home parks; at least 2.5 percent of Boise’s population lives in such parks. But half of those residents are senior citizens living on median household incomes of just $20,000 or less, according to BSU’s study. Most are women, and nearly half have a chronic medical condition. … Idaho cities have few tools to protect residents, researchers said, because no state law allows local government to require landowners, buyers or sellers to maintain trailers or requires anyone to pay relocation expenses if a park closes.”
Making Livable Places: Transportation, Preservation and the Limits of Growth
Making Livable Places presents ten research essays on political and historical issues that shape metropolitan growth. Published by Boise State University, the anthology was written and produced by graduate and undergraduate students in the “Investigate Boise” field school on urban affairs.
Essays place local problems in deep historical context. Topics include the Boise streetcar, Collister neighborhood, Ustick Road, the Central Bench, Hammer Flat, Avimor, downtown urban renewal, bus rapid-transit, and history preservation in BoDo (Boise Downtown).
A photo Essay reprints rare images of downtown before on the eve of urban renewal. The volume concludes with an essay concerning the future of sustainable growth.
Governing Idaho: Politics, People and Power
by Dr. James B. Weatherby (BSU) and Randy Stapilus
Governing Idaho: Politics, People and Power details the history, geography and demographics that make the political structure of this western state a fascinating study.