Letters from the North End

Why Are We Here?

By Barbara Morgan

Just a quick note to tell you we’re leaving Moscow, to downsize in Boise. We are looking for an old house in the North End . . .

Why the North End? You ask why anybody chooses to live in a neighborhood where you can hear all your neighbors at the same time on a summer evening? Where, for the same amount of money as for a place elsewhere in the city, you get about one-third the house? It’s hard to explain.

I suppose it’s so we can walk everywhere and get to know our neighbors. Experience diversity. You know the old saying: “Small is beautiful.”

Husband says to tell you, “Hi.” And he says it’s more than just small is beautiful. There is a certain something about the North End. He says you just don’t see places like this anymore.

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