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Fri., May 10, 2013, 8:39 a.m.

CdA Takes On College Town Look

Ben Ellenberger of Graffix Inc attached the lettering to the entrance of the education corridor on Northwest Blvd in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Coeur d’Alene is starting to look like a college town. Not the type with dorms and dive bars and VW bugs zipping everywhere. But the kind where institutions of higher learning are more prominent than ever, and an alliance of these schools is reaching new heights. Residents and visitors can’t help but notice the change along Northwest Boulevard, the foyer to downtown. Stylish new signs are the latest addition calling attention to an expanding campus for North Idaho College and its cohorts, the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. “We’re growing up,” said Mark Browning, vice president for community relations and marketing at NIC, a two-year community college that sits on ground where the Coeur d’Alene Indians used to fish, feast and dance, and where the U.S. Army later built the sprawling Fort Sherman/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Students roam through NIC student union building)

Question: Do you consider Coeur d'Alene to be a college town?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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