Downtown and the stark reality: We love living here. Wow, I hadn’t realized that my wife and I have lived in such a dangerous place for the past 13 years.
Apparently, our perceptions have deluded us into believing that downtown is a great home. We gave up our automobile years ago. We can walk to the plaza, and catch the bus to our dentist or to Lowe’s to buy paint. Because we live in the center of the city, we walk to the movies on Friday night, have martinis at our downtown living room, the Davenport Hotel; enjoy dinners at Scratch, our neighborhood restaurant; and relish our Sunday symphony performances at the Fox.
Groceries are just down the street in Browne’s Addition. We even stroll the alley to Barrister to enjoy a glass of fine wine from time to time. We’ve wandered all over our downtown neighborhood streets, alleys and even Riverfront Park – unscratched.
Perception is reality, as they say, and our perception is that downtown Spokane is a great place – it’s an urban place with a diversity of people and activity, stuff that makes life interesting and worth living. We wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Jim Kolva and Pat Sullivan