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Council votes to look into ‘complete streets’

Bike lanes, improved sidewalks and other transportation amenities will get a renewed focus in the city of Spokane.

The Spokane City Council agreed Monday to direct city workers to “identify the gaps” and locate “opportunities to supplement and fund” complete street plans.

Although it’s nonbinding, the plan triggered spirited debate, with more than a dozen people testifying and council members spending more than an hour defending their various positions.

Councilman Jon Snyder, who introduced the measure, said it gets the city started on rules that could make streets more accommodating for pedestrians and bicyclists. Council members Bob Apple and Nancy McLaughlin voted against the resolution, arguing they’re concerned about the cost.

Jonathan Brunt

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.