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|East End History
Like the North End, east Boise's highlight is a historic street, Warm Springs Avenue. Lavish Victorian homes, many among the first residences in Boise, make the Avenue a tourist attraction. Many of the homes are geothermally heated, taking advantage of natural hot water sources for heat. The neighborhood itself dates even further back than the Victorian residences. Oregon Trail emigrants, following the Boise River, rambled through the area long before the mansions were built.
|Today and the Future
Today old Boise is preparing to meet with new Boise. Harris Ranch, the largest planned community ever proposed in Idaho, features a “new urbanism” design – combining development with consideration for the natural environment. Stretching high into the foothills, this northeastern district includes many modern communities with enviable views of the city.