Proximity is important for many small to mid-sized cities. Not all amenities generally exist within the city limits, which is fair. Not every city can be New York City. It’s rare to hear a mayor say that one aspect that makes his city so great is how far removed it is from other cities.
Yet, that’s what exactly what Boise’s mayor David Bieter suggested.
“I think our isolation has been good to us,” he says. Salt Lake City, Portland and Seattle are six to eight hours away. You can’t drive an hour and go the symphony or theater in another town. You have to build it here,” he explains.