Monica Pollard | Nampa, Idaho
Nampa is the second largest urban area in Idaho, about 20 miles west of Boise. The old downtown of Nampa was built ca. 1880's-early 1900's, with lots of old-west style brick buildings. Many small privately-owned shops there closed in the past 3-4 years. They weren't well-supported by consumers and the rents are unrealistically high. At the same time, new commercial shopping areas were being built, which we didn't see a need for. It was announced this month there's going to be a third Walmart in Nampa. This is a snowy morning in December 2008, looking south down our street. The Snake River is about 12 miles south. We live outside the city limits in a mixed area of older large lots and small newer subdivisions. I like it because of the snow, the early morning sky, and the lights on the houses. It's western open spaces and coziness combined. And it doesn't show the more modern development to the north of us.