Tag: promise

2 developments — one downtown, on at Boise shopping center — promise affordable housing

By iwano@_84

As prices soar, the city of Boise is taking two more steps to build affordable housing — one on a site close to downtown, the other at an aging Central Bench shopping center.

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If built, the two developments, combined with other projects on the drawing board, might provide slight relief to the Boise area’s rapidly worsening affordability problem.

For the first project, the board of the Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency, voted Monday to solicit requests from developers for affordable apartments on West Idaho Street just west of 17th Street in the West Downtown neighborhood.

For the second, the Boise City Council was set to vote Tuesday on a proposal to buy ground at the Hillcrest Shopping Center for affordable housing. The site once housed a Fred Meyer store, torn down 10 years ago.

The measures are advancing just as home-sales prices set another record

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The promise, and struggle, of putting widgets on your iOS home screen

By iwano@_84

After 13 years, iPhone users finally have the opportunity to do what their Android-loving counterparts have been doing from the beginning: Customizing home screens with widgets.

Although iOS still isn’t as much of a free-form party as Google’s Android mobile operating system, with version 14 users now have the ability to see more than just icons on their home screens. Widgets bring useful information front and center, and they’re a long time coming in iOS.

There were a limited number of widgets available just after iOS 14’s release, but developers are adding them at a steady clip, allowing you to keep an eye on everything from the weather to the status of an airline flight to the current value of your bitcoin wallet.

OPERATING SYSTMES: To update or not to update? That is always the question

But give an iPhone user an inch and they’ll want a mile. Not content

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