The Boise Code: 15 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

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If Mr. Rogers taught us anything, it was that showing friendliness toward one’s neighbors goes a long way toward bettering a local community.

And Boise has long been known for the kindness of its community members—even amongst seasoned world travelers. In Rick Steves’ Road Trip, he calls his afternoon in Boise “a delight” and even refers to its residents as “freakishly friendly.”

open hands in a circle, Boise community

As the city and its surrounding areas have grown, Boise’s reputation remains one of friendliness and goodwill. But this is no accident. Locals in neighborhoods throughout the area seem to live by an unspoken code, one that would make the late Mr. Rogers quite proud. Here are 15 ways to be a good neighbor:

  1. Keep an eye on your “hood.” Watch and question anyone who seems suspicious or out of place. Lead or volunteer in a Neighborhood Watch program.
  2. Greet new neighbors when they move in. That initial gesture not only makes a great first impression but will go a long way to create amiable feelings down the road , especially if its accompanied by homemade cookies or garden goods.
  3. Keep up the good work! Mow, weed, and trim your yard regularly (and compliment the good-looking lawn or fresh paint across the street).
  4. Stay in touch. One way is to create an email list and send out regular updates to keep your neighborhood informed about local events and issues that may concern them. Another is to join which is a broader, local classified and news-sharing site.
  5. Share the bounty from your garden and/or fruit trees.
  6. Reach out to neighbors who may need additional help (such as single mothers, those who may be sick, and senior citizens) and offer to assist them with small household chores or repairs.
  7. Be a connector. Coordinate a neighborhood running or cycling group, community garden,  annual block party or potluck or attend community events. (PS – Our block party is this Thursday, 9/26 – come on by!)
  8. Be considerate of differing lifestyles and what times your neighbors might prefer quiet. For instance, if you have a teen son who plays in a band, inform your surrounding neighbors in advance and ask them to let you know if it gets too loud.
  9. Plan, or participate in, a neighborhood garage sale.
  10. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after its messes, especially if it has a tendency to run beyond your yard. If you have received comments about its barking while you are away, seek advice from your vet and/or training for the pet.
  11. Offer to care for a neighbor’s plants, pets, and mail while they are away on vacation.
  12. Show support. Buy the Girl Scout cookies, candy bars or latest fundraising items from the neighbor kids if you can afford them.
  13. Park in your garage, driveway, and in front of your own home (rather than in front of your neighbors’ homes) whenever possible.
  14. Let your neighbors know when you might be having a party. Better yet, invite them to attend!
  15. If you own a snowblower or feel strong, clear your neighbor’s walkway.

Most importantly, if any of your neighbors have done any of these things for you, let them know you noticed with a hearty “thank you.” Talking about their good deed with other neighbors is another sign of gratitude. Has one of your neighbors done something thoughtful for you recently? Tell us about it in the comments below.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

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Neighborhood Associations – Bringing out the Good

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Neighborhood Associations – Bringing out the Good

Healthy, vibrant, downtown neighborhoods, like the ones I love in Boise, are fostered most by the participation of the people.Did you know that active Neighborhood Associations are boosting Boise’s bragging rights in neighborhood safety, beauty and social activity?

Neighborhood Associations are a group of volunteer home and business owners who represent their neighborhood. They work together to create changes and improvements through grants and individual efforts.

In contrast to Homeowners Associations in subdivisions, which usually have dues, neighborhood associations don’t have dues, legal authority, enforce rules and regulations or focus on building restrictions.

Neighborhood Associations utilize grants, such as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants Program through the City of Boise to fund projects like these:

  • Borah Park Community Garden – Borah Neighborhood 
  • Identity Signage at Beacon St. and Boise Ave.- Southeast Neighborhood 
  • Accessible Dock at Quinn’s Pond – Veteran’s Park Neighborhood

Not shown, but coming soon: sunshine, swimmers and soakers on the Quinns Pond docks.Reuse with permission citing

  • Public Art at Catalpa Park – Collister Neighborhood 
  • 15th Street Traffic Calming Islands – North End Neighborhood 

15th Street Traffic Island. Reuse with permission citing

  • Jordan Street Garden Grant- Veteran’s Park Neighborhood
“The program funds comprehensive neighborhood plans and capital construction projects to help enrich the lives of our citizens, enhance the identity and quality of life in our neighborhoods and encourage a strong sense of community.”

Major work on 30th Street Extension in progress South of State Street as of 4/19/2013. Reuse with permission citing

An example of a very active Neighborhood Association that is near and dear to my heart is the Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Association (VPNA), which was formed in 1988 “to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the Veteran’s Park area.” Just a few of their goals include: Make sure new neighborhood projects help increase property values and improve quality of life; be the voice of neighbors and residents during planning processes; and make sure that traffic doesn’t deteriorate the neighborhood.

The VPNA is just west of downtown and covers Veteran’s Memorial Park, with the Boise River and Greenbelt along its southern border. This area is home to the ACHD’s new 30th Street extension project (now in progress), as well as the new Esther Simplot Park and Boise River Recreation Park – and the VPNA is actively involved in their planning to ensure that they are done in a manner beneficial to the neighborhood.

Enough about my hood – want to foster your neighborhood? Check into your Neighborhood Association!

The City of Boise provides a list of all registered Neighborhood Associations with contact information and websites.

To learn more about neighborhood planning and the Reinvestment Grant Program go to:

And to learn more about the exciting things happening with the Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Association go to:


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