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Jim Kershner’s This day in history » On the Web: spokesman.com/topics/local-history

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

From our archives, 50 years ago

A group called Spokane Unlimited unveiled a 20-year plan for revitalizing downtown, in four five-year phases:

• Phase One: Construction of a new City Hall, Public Safety Building and possibly a state office building; acquisition of Havermale Island for “cultural and civic purposes”; a multilevel parking garage on the site of the then-existing City Hall at Wall and Trent (downtown parking was a huge issue in 1961 because of the increasing competition from newfangled shopping malls).

• Phase Two: Two more parking garages, one at Monroe and Main, and one at Washington and Trent; the building of “overhead sidewalks”; construction of a new federal building; development of a parkway on the north bank of the Spokane River.

• Phase Three: Construction of a new city library on Havermale Island; creation of a recreation area and parkway north of Trent.

• Phase Four: A new county courthouse and county public safety building; beautification on both banks of the Spokane River; urban renewal action in Peaceful Valley.

Most of this plan was never implemented. Expo ’74 would change the face of Spokane in unforeseen ways.

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(From the Associated Press)

1215: England’s King John put his seal to Magna Carta at Runnymede.



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