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Streetscape Specifications

What is the streetscape?

The streetscape is that part of the street right-of-way between the face of the curb and the building. In downtown Boise, the streetscape includes the sidewalk surface, street trees, historic street lights and a collection of furnishings. These furnishings include benches, planters for flowers, tree grates, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, transit shelters, newsstands, bollards and drinking fountains. In areas that have an urban character such as the central business district, the sidewalk surface runs from the building face to the curb, and street trees are planted in tree grates. In areas that have a neighborhood character, the sidewalk surface is separated from the street by a tree lawn where the street trees are planted.

Why does City of Boise have streetscape standards?

Since the mid 1980s, significant investment has been made in downtown Boise’s streetscapes. These highly visible improvements have been instrumental to the success of the downtown area. The streetscapes provide a setting for community events, for development of adjoining private property, and for the everyday interaction of people who frequent downtown. Streetscape standards have been established to assure over time that the way downtown sidewalks are designed, and the materials and furnishings used on these sidewalks create a distinct identity and attractive ambience for downtown, which serves as the social, commercial and cultural heart of the community. The standards classify streets by the character of the area in which they are located. For each category, they identify how the sidewalk is surfaced—whether brick, concrete or a combination is used—and the specific make, model and color of the furnishings that are to be installed. The streetscapes create a common design thread throughout the downtown area which contributes to a feeling of coherence and continuity.

How to determine the streetscape standards for your project:

Step 1: Find your parcel and streetscape type on this map

Step 2: Download and review the PDF below of the standards for your streetscape type

Step 3: Review the specifications for your streetscape type in the PDF

Step 4: Review the Quality Control: Construction Standards & Conditions for streetscape projects

  • Note: If your sidewalk is less than 16’ wide download the narrow version for your streetscape type
  • The complete streetscape manual can be downloaded here: Standards & Specifications for all streetscape types (3.MB)

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Each PDF below includes streetscape standards, specifications, order information, construction details, and construction standards and conditions for each streetscape type.

Streetscape Type 1

Urban Brick (2.0MB)

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Streetscape Type 2

Urban Concrete with Brick (2.0MB)

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Streetscape Type 3

Urban Concrete (2.0MB)

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Streetscape Type 4

Neighborhood (2.0MB)

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Streetscape Type 5

Urban Parkway (2.0MB)

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Streetscape Type 6

Capitol Boulevard (551KB)

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Special

Coming soon.

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Transit Stop

Transit Stop (168KB)

Specifications (only) Manual

Specifications for all streetscape types (1.9MB)

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