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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

Tue., March 30, 2010

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From our archives, 50 years ago

About 100 homeowners showed up at a South Hill neighborhood meeting to protest what they considered an appalling prospect.

“Are residents of Spokane to have no safeguard from repeated attacks of this kind on the character and safety of their residential neighborhoods?” asked one irate homeowner.

The proposal?

A zoning change to allow a Rosauers supermarket to go in at 14th Avenue and Monroe Street.

A total of 356 residents signed petitions protesting the change to commercial zoning. One homeowner said it would be the “entering wedge for other commercial zoning.”

Another said that a grocery store and its accompanying traffic would create a safety hazard for hundreds of schoolchildren who cross Lincoln Street daily.

We won’t give away the eventual outcome of this issue except to say – it’s hard to imagine that neighborhood today without its Rosauers supermarket.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1867: U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as “Seward’s Folly.” … 1981: President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr.

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