February 27, 2012 in City

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

1950: New homes near Loma Vista Elementary School represent the heaviest housing construction in Spokane at the time.

Present Day: The view looking northwest from Loma Vista Park, at North Alberta Street and West Central Avenue.

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