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Archive for August 2011

Title Nine soft opening

The blog hears that Title Nine (located in the old Altamont Pharmacy at 928 South Perry Street) may have a soft opening on Thursday during the South Perry Farmers Market. The building and the store looks beautiful!

Tomato beauty contest tomorrow

The South Perry Farmers Market is hosting the 2nd annual tomato beauty pageant and kids decoration exposition on Thursday, Aug. 25,
Tomatoes may be submited in three categories:
Prettiest tomato
Ugliest tomato
Best tasting tomato
Entires are welcome from vendors, neighbors, kids and other tomato enthusiasts.
Prizes will be awarded.
The  winner of each category will also have their name and tomato variety etched in the 'Robeson Cup' (a big soup-pot named after the variety of tomato which won the very first 'Best Taste' Prize, last year in 2010). The cup will be maintained for posterity and continue to be used for future Pageants.
There will be nice big red tomatoes and lots of decoration materials for kids and those young at heart to dress up as part of the Decoration Exposition.
Submissions are welcome from 2:30 pm to 4:50 pm at the market. Judging begins promptly at 5 pm.

A brand new South Perry

Well, almost. The Street Department is putting a new layer of asphalt on South Perry Street - they should be done by tomorrow, but Northbound Perry is closed roughly between 14th Avenue and Ninth Avenue.
All businesses are open - and the blog is at The Perry Street Cafe this morning until 9 or 9:30ish…
Stop by and say hello.

City council to look at East Central alcohol impact zones

This came via e-mail this morning from Julie Postma of the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association:

“This past spring, after gathering information and engaging in a lively discussion, the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association voted to request a Voluntary Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) for the South Perry Business District. It was our understanding that the East Sprague corridor was likely to have a mandatory AIA as early as this fall. With the Downtown area already covered by a Mandatory AIA, we felt it would be advisable to monitor problems with the cheap, high alcohol content beverages covered by AIA’s. The AIA rules also require that an application for a new or renewed liquor license that includes off
premises sales have an additional 60 day period for response from local authorities.
Here's a link to the state's website with details on AIAs.
This spring, East Sprague businesses raised concerns about unfair competition from businesses located near, but outside of, the East Sprague AIA.
In June, city council man Jon Snyder responded to these concerns by working with law enforcement to develop a proposal for an expanded AIA which would include expanding the area out East Sprague to the city limits and adding a leg up into the South Perry Business District.
Over the last two months there has been much discussion and confusion over where that leaves SPBNA and our vote to pursue the voluntary AIA for our District. Residents of the entire East Central Neighborhood, including the South Perry Business District, were invited to attend and share their view with the East Central Neighborhood Council at their July meeting. There were strong opinions for and against the AIA, as well as concerns about what felt like an attempt to short circuit our South Perry process.
The Spokane City Council intends to take up a proposal to include South Perry in the East Sprague AIA, but it would be a VOLUNTARY AIA for another six months, to give the newly included areas the required six months of a VOLUNTARY AIA. It is expected that this  proposal will come before the Spokane City Council on August 22nd at an open council meeting, at which anyone can sign up to speak.”

Council man Jon Snyder may be reached at

Construction on South Perry

South Perry is down to one lane this week, between Eighth and 12th Avenue. Businesses are of course open and the farmers market is on for Thursday. Just a little reminder to slow down…

Ten things to enjoy at the South Perry Farmers Market…


- people and dog watching.

- homemade, handmade bread.

- new potatoes

- radishes in several colors.

- beets.

- eggs from real hens living real lives.

- greens of many kinds.

- ice tea or coffee.

- raspberries.

- and meeting your neighbors.

And don't forget there's live music in Grant Park tonight.
(Yes, the blog is in a list building kind'a mood)

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Welcome to the South Perry neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last four years I’ve lived on South Perry Street.

I love the neighborhood so when time came to pick an area for The Spokesman-Review’s first neighborhood blog, the choice was simple: South Perry is where it’s at.

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