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Come to Spokane and get out: Outdoor activities abound

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

A group of youths revel in the power of Spokane River whitewater during a float trip with Peak 7 Adventures. (Photo from Peak 7 Adventures / Photo from Peak 7 Adventures)
Spokane has rightfully been mentioned in several national magazine lists titled something like “America’s Best Outdoors Towns.” It’s never been ranked No.1. Perfect. Being just off the hot-spot radar is the best thing that keeps happening to River City.

Five Mile, Nine Mile share small-town feel

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

There’s a tired, old Spokane joke that goes something like this: What’s the difference between Five Mile Prairie and Nine Mile Falls. Four miles.

From thriving to threadbare, East Sprague Avenue has seen its fortunes rise and fall. Now it’s turning a corner. For real.

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

If one building describes East Sprague Avenue, it’s the Pansie garage. On the main drag between Pittsburg and Magnolia streets, it’s uneven yet sturdy, almost as if two buildings were joined and centered around a garage door. It’s all brick, giving it century-old solidity and flourish, with decorative patterns of tan brick adding to the imbalance of the building’s facade.

Garland District has feeling of belonging

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

The Garland Theater, a popular destination for Inland Northwest movie-goers, was established in 1945 and got a makeover in 2013. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
If you want to watch a movie, shop for vintage clothes, eat classic diner fare or try your hand at improv comedy, pay a visit to Spokane’s Garland District.


Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

A classic car drives along  Market Street at Wellesley Avenue in Hillyard on Sept. 12. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane’s northeast border is home to a working-class neighborhood built during the golden era of railroads and marred by decades of economic struggle that followed.

How we came up with neighborhood numbers

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Dividing a region into distinct neighborhoods – and then calculating demographics for those neighborhoods – is more art than science.

Key eating: Where to dine in Spokane

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Customers enjoy the scenery at Central Foods in Kendall Yards on Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane’s dining scene is growing, diversifying and becoming more chef-driven – so much so that metropolitan media outlets are beginning to take note.

Key shopping: Where to find stuff in Spokane

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Lolo Boutique located on Second Avenue has added a home section.  Liz Kishimoto THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)
From malls anchored with national department stores to locally owned boutiques filled with new and gently used or vintage furniture, clothing, accessories, books and other gifts – both kitschy and refined – Spokane offers plenty of options for shoppers.

Logan residents like vitality of higher ed

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Tulips reach for the sky as the sun breaks out over the Crosby House on the Gonzaga University campus at the corner of Sharp Avenue and Addison Street on April 25. (DAN PELLE/The Spokesman- / DAN PELLE/The Spokesman-Review)
About 10,000 students attend classes at a variety of colleges and universities in Spokane’s Logan/University District neighborhood. Local residents enjoy the energy that students bring to the neighborhood, but investors’ demand for rental properties makes it harder for families to buy homes in the neighborhood.

Moran Prairie offers hot eateries and a cool pool

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

A Spokane Fire District 8 engine responds to a call past new apartment construction Sept. 11, 2017, near the corner of 57th Avenue and Palouse Highway in  Moran Prairie. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
As the sun rises over Browne’s Mountain, it reveals everything Moran Prairie residents love about their neighborhood. Enticing parks, great schools, safe neighborhood and restaurants for almost every taste … the southeast corner of Spokane has it all.

Neighborhoods north of Spokane maintain rural feel

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017

Mead High School is seen as school ends on a recent day. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Neighborhoods to the north of Spokane — Mead, Colbert, Fairwood and Wandermere — have held on to their largely residential and rural feel through the decades. With agricultural roots, Mead got its start in 1887 when settler James Berridge homesteaded 160 acres.

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