Better Block

August 25th, 2018

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Community Builders
A non-profit organization focus on building strong, prosperous communities throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

City of Pocatello

Idaho State University
Old Town Pocatello and Idaho State University are central to the fabric of the community. They serve as both economic and social engines for the City and the greater Pocatello region. Old Town is the civic and cultural hub of our community, where we gather to enjoy the company of our neighbors and participate in community life. ISU is a flagship state university, educating over 15,000 students annually.

The goal of the project was to create streetscape design concepts for the stretch of Terry Street between 5th and 1st Avenues, and for the stretch of 1st Avenue from Terry Street to Center Street. Thus the name, “Terry First”. But the future of these places is anything but certain. Many residents and businesses feel the area is falling short of its potential. It can be hard to get to and feels out of the way. There is opportunity to help business thrive. Pedestrians and cyclists feel unsafe on its streets.

Taken together, these realities present important questions about the future. As we grow and change, what can we do to strengthen the connection between Old Town and ISU, making it easier to get between the two? How can we support the redeveloping Warehouse District and encourage more active use by citizens and visitors alike? What role do our streets and land uses play in supporting that connection and bolstering our local economy? The Terry First project was designed to answer these questions and offer a strategy for proactively shaping a place in Pocatello that supports our community while embracing our future.

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