In response to “Neighborhood bounded by old and new: Mix in Latah/Hangman area poses challenge for neighborhood council”:
Terence Vent’s March 15 article in the Voice about the Latah/Hangman neighborhood council, while superficial, was deeply revealing,particularly, when read in the context of his excellent coverage of other councils that appear more effective. (See “Spokane’s Chief Garry Neighborhood set to implement master plan” March 6, spokesman.com).
The article starts with the council chair’s pride in securing donated office space where, “We all march in … like we own the place,” then goes on to illuminate their impotence in dealing with the real issues of the neighborhood. Issues like “traffic, zoning, jurisdictional confusion” – let alone code violations, vagrancy, and public safety. Their solution? A silly pipe dream to become the next Green Bluff, while in the meantime, opposing others who see an inclusive future that makes the best of both the old and new neighborhoods.
In 1978 my wife and I built our home in this neighborhood. And while we would not live in any other place, it isn’t perfect. If you want Green Bluff, move there. We are staying put and looking forward to working with all our neighbors for a better Vinegar Flats.
Michael and Libby Moore,Spokane
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