Downtown Boise also has its assets: a university community just blocks away, the seat of the state government on the opposite side. Although this stop in Boise was when there was 30 degree weather, there still is a lot of activity: notice all of the bikes out in the bike racks.
The main retail core has a strong supply of historic buildings to house the active retail. One main street is closed down to one lane of travel with restaurants flanking the street. All of the restaurants have outdoor seating, making a festive atmosphere.