In 2006, Garden City officials came out swinging with an ambitious comprehensive plan that would revitalize and redefine the 4.2 square miles that make up Garden City.

On a sunny spring Saturday, Eighth Street in downtown Boise is a crush of bodies. Thousands throng the pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare sampling local breads, local wines, local popcorn and local meats. They buy local produce and chat with local artisans. Local musicians perform along the si…