The Parkside and McEuen Terrace towers are reflected in the window at Fire Artisan Pizza in downtown Coeur d’Alene as Lauren Myklebust, left, enjoys lunch on Friday. The two towers and the Coeur d’Alene Resort are the tallest buildings downtown. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Two newer condo towers have joined the Coeur d’Alene Resort as the tallest buildings downtown, and the city recently approved construction of a luxury apartment building near City Park. Building up rather than out is an urban planning objective for Coeur d’Alene, which is hemmed in on most sides. City leaders also encourage denser residential development in the city’s core to boost the vigor of downtown shopping and night life. “I think it’s a maturing of the community that you’re seeing with these higher-density, high-rise structures,” said Denny Davis, chairman of the Lake City Development Corp., the city’s urban renewal agency. The growing skyline, however, isn’t without controversy/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Question: Do you support the urban planning concept of growing up rather than out?