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Neighborhood Preservation Top Priority For Clyde Timboe

Clyde Timboe loves his older home on Sharp Avenue next to Gonzaga University.

It’s close to the Spokane River and the Centennial Trail as well as amenities of the university, he said.

Even better, the Logan neighborhood has the comfortable feel of finely crafted homes and nicely landscaped yards and mature old trees.

Timboe and his wife, Dorothy, have spent 17 years in their home at 808 E. Sharp, which includes two upstairs apartments they rent out.

Timboe said they like the neighborhood the way they’ve come to know it.

But there are problems. Traffic on nearby Hamilton Avenue is crushing, and the vehicles leave behind a pall of carbon monoxide that at times exceeds clean-air standards.

The university keeps tearing down homes to expand, and the city wants to construct a large maintenance yard on Hamilton.

“We’re trying to save this older neighborhood,” Timboe said. “We like it here.”

So he’s taken up the cause of neighborhood preservation by joining the Logan Neighborhood Steering Committee and working to make the area a better place to live. He’s currently the community development neighborhood coordinator.

Timboe, 69, travels the neighborhood meeting with residents about their concerns. He helps decide how federal money, which is designated for low-income neighborhoods, will be spent in the Logan area.

For example, Timboe helped the city spend more than $20,000 for sidewalk repairs and street tree removals over the past two years.

Timboe also is working with the city and Gonzaga to ease parking problems around the university when school is in session.

Students jam streets around Timboe’s home with their cars, taking up most of the available curb parking, which is free. So far, the city hasn’t been able to come up with a plan to alleviate the problem, he said.

Born in Kalispell, Mont., Timboe was raised in Spokane and lived in Coeur d’Alene for a time.

He retired three years ago as an operator of an air-freight delivery service in the Spokane area.

He and his wife spent quite a bit of money fixing up their home. They renovated the interior, put on a new tile roof and installed a carport in back.

That kind of investment is needed to maintain an older residence, and Timboe said the same kind of investment is needed on a larger scale to keep the Logan neighborhood healthy.

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