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The unrealized plan for Boise's downtown mall (1980) envisioned closing off several city streets and covering them (dark brown) to create enclosed pedestrian walkways protected from the elements.  While the plan called for demolishing most of the existing buildings in the 8-block core and replacing them with new ones, a few historic structures, notably the Alexander Building (9th and Main), Egyptian Theater (Capital and Main), the Union Block (Idaho St.), and the Boise City National Bank (8th and Idaho) were to be preserved.  The Boise City National Bank building, seen in the artist's conception, is marked BCNB toward the top of the map.  Street names and other captions in square brackets [like this] were added to the graphic for this webpage.

Redesigning Downtown

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