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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.

The blog is taking a few days off

The holidays have made the blog coverage a little hit and miss this past week, and now the blog is taking a few days off. It will be back in swing on Monday Jan. 3 - so keep the e-mails coming. Send them to

Happy new year to all of you - I'll see you in 2011.

Back from Las Vegas

So the blog has been getting around quite a bit lately. I just returned from three days at a journalism convention in Las Vegas. The convention was put on by the Society of Professional Journalists. Yes, I did have some fun, but more importantly I participated in about four workshops every day and almost all of them were about social media (like Facebook and Twitter), blogging and multi-platform journalism (combining writing and video for instance).
So now I’m curious: how do you use the Internet? What are your favorite sites? What’s your Internet routine like - are there certain sites you check every day, like news, weather, shopping or hobby related sites?
Do you use Twitter?
Which one is your favorite search engine and why?

Thursday morning

I’ll be at the Perry Street Cafe Thursday morning from around 7 a.m. and probably until 9:30 a.m. I have a couple of interviews lined up, but feel free to stop by. I’d love to hear some fall news, like who’s planning a Halloween party?
I also continue to search for active Block Watch Groups in the South Perry Neighborhood - if you have one, come in and tell me what you’re doing.
As always you can e-mail me at and I’ll post your message.

Even a blog needs a little time off

Hello neighbors - I have the next two weeks off and as much as I love doing this blog, I’m taking a vacation from that, too. While I’m gone, I’m handing the “big keys” to the blog to my good friend and colleague Lisa Leinberger - you can reach her at: or (509) 459-5449.

Don’t be shy - please e-mail Lisa or give her a call with blog news - she’ll be all over it. I’ll return on Sept. 27. Until then, I’m sure I’ll see you around the Perry District.


Please welcome Tony Kliment to the blog

Tony is the first person to officially hold “the keys” to the South Perry Blog - here is a bit about him in his own words:

“I have lived in Spokane for 15 years, mostly in and around the South Perry Street neighborhood. I truly believe that experiencing the people and businesses of a neighborhood is one of the best ways to build a strong community. I walk or ride through the neighborhood most every day, taking pictures, enjoying the good food and drink and meeting the people of our neighborhood. Writing for the South Perry Blog and posting photos will allow me to share all the good things I find with you. Aside from general comings and goings of the neighborhood, I’m also interested in history, social justice, sustainable businesses and healthy living. When I’m not writing for the South Perry Blog, I work as a mental therapist, artist and an advocate for youth through the Odyssey Youth Center and other organizations.”

You can e-mail Tony at

Time flies – let’s take it to the next level

When I posted the first blog post here on April 30, I wasn’t sure exactly how the blog would shape up or how frequently I’d be able to post – as I continue to write for the paper-newspaper as well – but things have worked out great.


I’ve heard from lots of readers and gotten to know many people in my little neighborhood. The South Perry Blog also has picked up a fan in Phoenix (hi Tom!) who took time to come in and chat with me one Thursday morning when he was in town. Of course the blog has gathered mostly local fans and Facebook friends – thanks to all of you for checking in and cyber linking and tweeting and all that – I couldn’t do it without you.


So now it’s time to take it to the next level: how would you like a key to the South Perry Blog?

I’m looking for a handful of people in the South Perry Neighborhood who would be interested in posting here on a regular basis. I know you are out there and I know you have opinions and dreams and plans for our neighborhood – if you’d like the opportunity post once or twice a week, send me a note at or come in and meet with me on Thursday at The Shop, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.


A friend of this blog often laments that mainstream media isn’t stimulating a community conversation about important issues, trends and ideas – well, here’s your chance.


Of course there are guidelines to go over and all that – but drop me a line if you are at all interested – and live in the Perry neighborhood.

Blogging Thursday at Farmers’ Market

The blog is skipping the early morning rush on Thursday and showing up at the Farmers’ Market at 3 p.m. then moving on to The Lantern around 5ish.

Stop by and say hello.

Blogging from The Shop

Tomorrow morning, the South Perry Blog will be at The Shop from 7-10 a.m. Feel free to come in and say hello. The blog is hoping to pull off a review of last weekend’s big party and a preview of the summer movies that start on Saturday.

Here are some Facebook responses to the reader question about whether the neighborhood is improving:

Barb Chamberlain: Yes, it’s really changing! Take some pix/video at the Thursday Farmers’ Market to demonstrate our vibe.

Jamie Adam Tabino: We are an up and coming neighborhood with affordable housing, a wonderful (growing) business district, a fantastic farmers market, a city park and an elementary school. The South Perry District is becoming a destination point – come and visit us.

What are your thoughts?


Thursday morning blog alert

The South Perry Blog is sleeping in this Thursday morning - you wont be able to find me out in the hood with coffee and my trusted laptop. No worries, it’s just this Thursday, I’ll be out and about again next week.

Don’t forget to visit the Farmers’ Market in The Shop’s parking lot Thursday from 3-7 p.m.

Show me your yard

This Thursday morning, The South Perry Blog will be at The Shop from 7-10 a.m. Expect an update on how the fair and parade planning is going and a visit with Odyssey Youth Center. The Fair and Parade is on July 17 - just a few weeks out.

The South Perry Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. in the parking lot at The Shop (924 S. Perry) - stop by now that it’s finally stopped raining.

The South Perry Blog is curious about gardeners and gardens - big or small, young or old, veggie or flower - show us what you are doing. Perhaps this is your first time growing vegetables? Perhaps the roses finally bloomed? Any bee keepers in the neighborhood? Shoot an e-mail to the blog at



The sun is out…

It’s a beautiful sunny morning at the Perry Street Cafe - the blog will be here until 10 a.m. so come in and say hello. I still have a stack of free papers to give away; today’s paper has the Hoopfest section in it.

In other Perry news, The Lantern opens again today after a two week vacation - it sure will be nice to have them back.

And the Farmers’ Market is this afternoon from 3-7 p.m. in the parking lot at The Shop - let’s hope they make it before the rain moves in. That would make it the first market day not drowning in rain.

Thursday morning blog alert

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be at the South Perry Cafe from 7-10 a.m. - as always I’ll have a stack of free newspapers to give away, and plenty of time to chat about the neighborhood.

Coming up is also an interview with South Perry neighborhood resource officer Dan Strassenberg, who shares some car prowling and burglary prevention tips.

Thursday morning at Interfaith Hospitality

This Thursday morning The South Perry Blog is visiting Interfaith Hospitality (608 S. Richard Allen Court, #5) from 7 to 10 a.m. - please come by and say hello. As always there’s a stack of free papers to be handed out and shared.

Interfaith Hospitality is a homeless shelter for children and their families and it’s been around since 1997. It’s the faith community’s response to the needs of homeless families. The organization is supported by 12 host congregations and 18 churches that provide meals and other services. Families are at the churches from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. and then brought to the day center during the day. The ultimate goal is to find a permanent home for the family.

Also on the blog agenda tomorrow: are there any active neighborhood block watch folks on or around South Perry? Please let me know so I can share your work and contact information on the blog. Looking forward to meeting some South Perry neighbors tomorrow morning.

Thursday morning at Vanessa Behan

Today, I went blogging at South Perry Pizza at noon - lots of people there, and some really great pizza.

Thursday morning I’ll be at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. Eighth Avenue, from 7-10 a.m. That’s the first time I take the blog to a non-profit and I’m looking forward to trying that. There are many non-profit organizations in this neighborhood and I plan to visit with as many as I can.

Coming up: an introduction to this year’s Perry Street Farmer’s Market (first day on June 3) and a visit with the Blog Dog.

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About this blog

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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