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

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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An Intimate Fall-Inspired Wedding at the DAR in Downtown DC

Emily and Sean met as PhD students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After sharing a cab home from a group outing, Sean paid the fare and Emily offered to buy him a drink sometime in return. They exchanged numbers and arranged a first date at a popular pub—where, they report, they shut the place down, chatting through last call. Five years later, Sean proposed on a crisp fall day while the two were picnicking at the Virginia Arboretum. Keep reading to learn more about their fall-inspired celebration, which was also featured in our latest issue.

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The Fall-Inspired Wedding Details

For their intimate autumn wedding, they skipped the bridal parties and kept the guest list to 100. The Washington Monument played a key role as backdrop for the first look, outdoor ceremony, and courtyard cocktail hour. Guests moved inside

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New downtown Bangor eatery to serve Detroit-style pizza

Bangor Sandwich Co., a new downtown Bangor eatery opening later this month, will serve up Detroit-style pizza — a crispy, chewy pan pizza that owners Kim and Mark Hopper started making at home a few years ago to universal acclaim from their family.

The Hoppers plan to serve the pizza alongside subs, paninis, salads and ice cream at their new quick-service restaurant, located at 25 Hammond St., the former location of Jersey Subs & Sweets, which closed its Bangor location earlier this year. Jersey Subs opened a new location on Center Street in Brewer last month, in addition to its Old Town location.

Detroit-style pizza is a regional specialty new to the Bangor region, though Micucci Grocery and Slab Sicilian Street Food of Portland have made Sicilian pizza, a similar type, for years. In a crowded pizza scene in Bangor, the style may help them stand out.

“It’s not quite

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Historic downtown Las Vegas wedding chapel Wee Kirk o’the Heather torn down



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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas was unexpectedly demolished on Saturday. Now some community members are pushing for change.





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For more than 70 years, couples from all over the world tied the knot at the Wee Kirk o’the Heather Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas.

Translated from Scottish, it means “the little chapel of the lucky flowers.” Now the flowers are gone, and so are the historic walls that witnessed countless love stories.

Executive director of the Nevada Preservation Foundation Heidi Swank said the chapel was recently featured on one of their home history tours.

“The owners were very excited about it, so I was totally unaware that it had sold in April,” Swank said.

Jack Paripovich with Complete Demo Services told FOX5 he found something he’s never seen in Las Vegas before.

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Downtown Portland jewelry store intends to sue city for handling of protests

A downtown Portland jewelry store owner intends to sue the City of Portland for its handling of protests in late May.

Noha Kassab, CEO of Kassab Jewelers, said her family-owned store was was broken into and looted early in the morning on May 30. This was during the beginning stages of what would lead to more than 100 days of protest in Portland.

“I started looking on my phone to see who was in my store, it was bunch of people going into the store, broke glass, it was the most painful, disheartening experience I ever faced,” said Kassab.

The store owner said they are still calculating the costs, but estimates $2.5 million in damages.

“I’m not someone who came to this country with money. I came with an American dream. To see my American dream destroyed and it could have been preventable, is disheartening,” said Kassab.

Kassab filed tort

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Downtown jewelry store stripped of valuables by rioters intends to sue city

A longtime downtown jeweler intends to sue the City of Portland, alleging that the Police Bureau and city politicians failed to protect downtown merchants from thieves that broke into her store in a May 30 riot.

Noha Kassab, owner of Kassab Jewelers, filed a tort claim notice with the city last month. She claims the store was stripped of valuables, including $1.5 million worth of diamonds, rubies and other gems. Together with the damage to the store and its fixtures and lost profits, Kassab informed the city she will seek $2.5 million in damages.

The Kassab store was one of several high-end retailers hit by thieves in a wild spree of vandalism, arson and smash-and-grab late in the night of May 30. The night of plundering further scarred a downtown already burdened by COVID-19 restrictions, the associated recession and widespread homelessness.

Four months later, storefronts through much of downtown remain

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