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Then and Now photos: Loma Vista homes

North Side post-war development let workers become homeowners

Homes were selling fast in the Loma Vista neighborhood in North Spokane in 1950. New schools, including Madison, Adams and Hamilton, were being built. The Spokesman-Review reported that year that the typical home was selling for between $8,500 and $12,000. The cost of lots had recently increased by more than 100 percent, and alleys were being eliminated to increase lot size. New homes were advertised with modern electric stoves and drywall instead of plaster walls. The newspaper story said, “The skilled or unskilled worker in Spokane lives as well as his boss did 10 years ago.” – Jesse Tinsley

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