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Lincoln Square, the pedestrian plaza designed to reinvigorate downtown Spokane

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 10 a.m.

The Terminal Building stood on the block bounded by Lincoln St. and Main Ave. from 1905 to 1929. It served streetcar and local trains, including the electric train to Coeur d'Alene. It was was torn down in 1929 and replaced with the new Sears and Roebuck store in 1930. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The downtown Spokane Public Library sits on a storied location, one that could reveal the layers of city transformation, from a devastating fire to a hub of transportation to a place of commerce simply by digging a hole and rifling through the soil. One thing that’s missing, buried deep in the city’s memory, is the plan for a pedestrian plaza called Lincoln Square.

Before Expo was Ebasco, the plan to save downtown Spokane

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 9 a.m.

Model of downtown Spokane, built in 1961 by Spokane Unlimited. (Spokane Unlimited / Ebasco)
Probably the grandest plan undone in Spokane was Ebasco, a proposal that led to the complete reformation of city government, recognition of the central place the Spokane Falls and river hold in the city, and to one of most complete rebukes by voters to the business and political leaders who steered and controlled Spokane. It also led to Expo ’74.

Riverfront Park’s foundation laid by laundry company

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 7 a.m.

A vision for Crystal Island in 1927, when the middle island of the falls was dominated by industry. (The Spokesman-Review Archive)
It’s a story that’s been told many times in Spokane. The visionaries behind Expo ’74 saved the city, and recovered the central geography that made this spot in the river so appealing for so many people, from native fishermen to East Coast industrialists. The story may be true, but it had a prelude, and it started with a laundry.

The Great (unfinished) Gorge Park

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 6 a.m.

General Plan of the Park System for Spokane, Wash. published in December 1913. (Spokane Public Library)
After numerous visits during 1907 and 1908, and with a $1,000 payment, the Olmsted Brothers produced a report for Spokane, the General Plan of the Park System. The plan has helped guide the city’s park system since its creation, with one glaring exception. The Great Gorge Park remains the great unfinished aspect of the plan, but not for want of trying.

An elevator fit for the Grinch

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017

A funny thing happened to Coeur d’Alene City Councilwoman Kiki Miller on her way to her car in the Coeur d’Alene Resort parking garage recently.

Photographer sues EWU after hammer throw hits leg

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017

Ron Swords photographs the action during the second half of a college football game between Eastern Washington and Portland State on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
A contract photographer has sued Eastern Washington University after he suffered a serious leg injury in 2015 when a collegiate athlete threw a hammer during a track and field competition and the ball-and-chain struck the photographer in the leg as he was attempting to capture images of the event.

Rob Curley: Channeling our past can lead us to the future

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017

Last year on Thanksgiving, our newspaper published my first column as the new editor of The Spokesman-Review. It was the first time we talked about some of the philosophical changes we were making at our community’s newspaper of record.

Somebody Needs You

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.

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