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Get on with Monroe project

Those who oppose the North Monroe improvement plan seem to have the odd view that the purpose of a neighborhood is to provide a high-speed passageway for people to get somewhere else. Actually, the purpose of a neighborhood is to provide a safe, beautiful and nurturing place for the people who live and work there. Spokane’s north-central neighborhoods have no obligation to serve those who feel they must live farther out of town.

I sympathize with the businesses who are worried about the construction challenges, but the result can only be a bonanza for their future. Anyone who has tried to navigate Monroe with its narrow width and almost impossibly narrow turning lane can attest to the fact the present road is both dangerous and a barrier to the temptation to stay and shop.

Let’s get on with the development.

Jim Becker



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