River by Design: Essays on the Boise River, 1915-2015 (Standard Edition) (Paperback)
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The book addresses the cultural and political values that shape the physical floodscape, with chapters about the Boise Project’s past and future, the river’s use for sport and tourism, its effect on urban renewal and wildlife preservation, and more.
“Whether you are an Idaho native or a newcomer, you will gain a different perspective on the Boise River after reading ‘River by Design,’” said Sheila Spangler, a student author who also is vice president and director of the Business Resource Center. “Many people assume the river has always been the way it is now — relatively clean and safe. However, few realize that river channelization provided the amenities we love such as the Greenbelt and the parks that guard its banks.”
Seven of the book’s ten authors are Boise State students from the university’s summer Investigate Boise program, and two additional students provided background research. Student writers are from all walks of life, including a retired airline pilot, a banker, a Peace Corps volunteer and an urban planner.
Student authors are Travis Armstrong, Emily Berg, Michael Gosney, Dean Gunderson, Richard Martinez, Roy Cuellar and Spangler. Research was provided by students Nick Canfield and Heidi Coon. Brennan and Mike Medberry served as mentors. Additional writing was provided by Doug Copsey, Erin Nelson and Shallat.
Edited by Todd Shallat and Colleen Brennan, with Mike Medberry, Travis Armstrong, Emily Berg, Doug Copsey, Roy Cuellar, Michael Gosney, Dean Gunderson, Richard Martinez, Sheila Spangler, and Erin Nelson.