As the largest city in Eastern Washington, Spokane is a hub for higher education. Schools from across the state have operations here, and the city is steadily becoming a center of medical and technological research.
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.
One of its defining landmarks is Audubon Park, which was established in 1905 and named after John James Audubon, a famous ornithologist. Each year, Spokane residents head over to Audubon and Shadle parks with lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for the “Concerts Under the Pines” series.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.