How does Boise decide where streetlights go? 

In 2019, the City of Boise set an ambitious goal (explained in detail here) to light up as many local residential areas as possible. The city's strategy aimed for a maximum streetlight spacing of 600 feet with a minimum spacing of 300 feet. It also identified locations where streetlights did the most to boost public safety and deter crime. 

In residential areas and urban streets across Boise, streetlights are required at:

  • intersections & pedestrian crossings;
  • bike path crossings & sharp curves;
  • steep inclines & bridge
  • steep embankments • dead-end streets;
  • as well as cul-de-sacs & roundabouts.

Here's the fine print: the 600-foot maximum criterion technically applies to areas with straighter, more level streets with minimal traffic conflicts and limited bicycle and pedestrian activity. But because spacing standards are more like friendly guidelines than rigid requirements, the city’s pretty flexible when it comes to special requests.  

Can I request a streetlight for my block or neighborhood?

Yes! And the process isn't as difficult as you might imagine. Boise's public lighting system boasts around 10,000 lights! Each year, the city adds an extra 300 lights to the network to keep the City of Trees shining bright around the clock.

These lights are added as developmental prerequisites, as part of the city's annual capital improvement projects, integral components of street upgrades, or at the request of residents.



If your Boise block or neighborhood is too dark at night, changing that starts with a simple phone call to the city's Planning & Development Services department. To begin a request for a new streetlight, contact Tom Marshall at (208) 608-7526 or Jason Taylor at (208) 608-7171.

One more thing! Before you make the call, you might want to check out this pdf explaining the City of Boise's Public Works Streetlight Requirements😉

Are Ghosts Scaring Buyers Away from an Eerie-Looking Boise Home?

Constructed in 1945, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits on nearly an acre of land and includes a separate, diminutive bonus home/lair.

The perks don't stop there – enjoy a brand-new roof, charming original hardwood flooring, and a kitchen that's been tastefully updated. Crowned with delightful cove ceilings, this home is all about the good vibes.

And hey, we can't say for sure whether the two fireplaces and spacious basement have hosted any dark rituals, but there's absolutely no reason to rule out their potential for some fabulous home entertainment.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

7 Eerie Idaho Urban Legends to Share Around the Bonfire

Tap tap into your friends' primal fears and anxieties with seven chilling Idaho urban legends at your next bonfire.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

12 Creepy Dolls for Sale in Idaho (We Wouldn't Want in Our Home)

The gallery below features 12 of the most haunting dolls we found for sale on Boise's Facebook Marketplace. As you scroll through, you'll notice we had a little fun naming some of them after their celebrity look-alikes!

PS, we're especially proud of Justin Bieber, Kathy Bates/Elon Musk, and Lil' Doll X!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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