Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Committee Chair(s)

Todd Johnson


Todd Johnson


Caroline Lavoie


David Evans


Hannah Sanger


Downtown Pocatello is the beating heart of the city and serves as the community's epicenter of civic and cultural life. It encompasses Pocatello's unique heritage and will play a vital role in Pocatello's success in the future. Downtown's physical location between world-class recreational opportunities and a research-based university provides key metrics for creating a successful downtown. This thesis establishes the foundational premise for downtown success and sets forth a vision for Pocatello to reinforce, connect, and intensify its greatest community assets through a series of urban design and redevelopment solutions and recommendations. A literature review focused on the theoretical underpinnings of the Plan is provided to support its vision. The featured case study briefs highlight other communities that have leveraged similar assets for downtown development success. The Plan, its vision, process, and unfolding implementation has, at its heart, a call for community action, equitable collaboration, urban planning and design solutions, and policy strategies to help heal the built and natural environments. These solutions seek to create a more resilient and productive Pocatello community, centered and grounded in its urban core. These solutions and recommendations identified in the Plan will foster renewed interest in Downtown Pocatello and lead to enhancements that will ultimately provide greater economic, social, environmental, and cultural value.