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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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‘I Promise to Always Love You’

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Niecy Nash is celebrating her marriage to singer Jessica Betts.

The actress, 50, appears alongside her wife Betts’ new “Catch Me” music video, which shows Nash wearing a wedding dress as she frolics on the beach with the musician.

Released on Wednesday, the visuals also feature a recording of the couple reciting their wedding vows during their recent nuptials.

“I promise to always love you and to always choose you. You are a testament to the magic that happens when your heart is opened,” Nash says in the beginning of the music video. “I will meet you there, wherever there is. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

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“I’ve watched you pour into so many people, but now you’ve got somebody to pour into you. I’m

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Couple’s pandemic wedding is a parking lot promise to love and cherish, no matter what

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Carrie Grace McQuaid and John Michael Simpson exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon missing some of the trappings of a traditional wedding.

The bride didn’t get a dance with her dad, nor the groom with his mother. There was no dinner banquet for 250 guests. Some loved ones had to watch via Zoom.

The whole affair took place in a parking lot.

And yet, it was the perfect start for a couple’s matrimonial adventure: proof that, even in a pandemic, love finds a way.

“Super cute. Very Carrie,” guest Judy Strickland said at the end of the ceremony, which she and most of the others in attendance watched through their windshields. “If anybody could do this, Carrie is the one who could make it happen.”

Marrying in a parking lot was not Carrie’s original plan. But it hasn’t been a good year for plans.

A proposal with lip-synched Taylor

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