West Boise is a pie-shaped area bounded by Interstates 84 and 184 on the south and southeast, Highway 20-26 (Chinden Boulevard) on the north and northeast, and Eagle Road on the west. Growth in the area -- both commercial and residential -- seems boundless.
The West Boise Bench is home to Boise Towne Square, a regional mall that attracts shoppers from Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. The past decade has brought an astounding number of retail and commercial establishments to the mall area; the resulting traffic gridlock is the stuff of which legends are made.
Fairview Avenue, the city's biggest commercial strip, runs through the heart of West Boise as well. It, too, handles enormous amounts of traffic, as commuters from western Ada County share the roadway with shoppers.
The West Boise Bench neighborhood is the city of Boise's largest planning area, in terms of population, and that population is growing by leaps and bounds. Houses in West Boise are hot property. In 1998, as in 1997, more houses sold in West Boise than in any other Boise neighborhood, and about one-third of those were new homes.
The neighborhood is served by two school districts, the Boise School District and the Meridian School District.
West Boise residents can take advantage of several neighborhood parks as well as the Boise City Aquatics Center, a recreational facility jointly funded by the City of Boise and the YMCA.
And while residents of the West Boise Bench obviously value modern living, they respect history as well. In the midst of the new subdivisions and commercial development sits the former village of Ustick. Ustick's mercantile recently closed, but neighborhood residents are seeking to establish an historic district to protect what's left of the little burg.