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Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 5:43 a.m. | Search

Revitalization in mind, city weighs plan to reactivate dormant commercial buildings

Kelly Shirley sands a bit of the skirting on a former service repair shop, Aug. 17, 2017, at W. 2425 Broadway, in Spokane, Wash. The site is being readied by Kelly Chadwick of Spirit Pruners. Old commercial buildings in residential neighborhoods in Spokane are being brought back to life. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Way back when, corner groceries and next door bakeries were commonplace in neighborhoods, walking distance for everyday staples in the time before cars. With the raging popularity of the automobile in the last century, neighborhoods homogenized, becoming purely residential. City planners set rules segregating where we live from where we shop.

Front Porch: Many places for zucchini to find a home

“We went on vacation – the squash did not,” Cindy Hval said in an email about Tuesday’s harvest, shown. “It’s like the zucchini are mocking me.” (Cindy Hval / The Spokesman-Review)
Every great adventure deserves and sometimes demands a sequel. Such is the case with my previous column about surplus squash. When I wrote about the Great Zucchini Invasion of 2017, readers responded with recipes, suggestions of where to donate the surplus, and offers to take some zucchini off my hands – or countertops.

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