Stories tagged: Downtown Spokane Partnership
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 6 A.M.
Spokane will mine shopping data to see what’s missing downtown
What’s missing from downtown Spokane’s retail and service scene? The city and several business groups hope to take the guesswork out of filling the gaps by tapping into sales analytics.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017, 11:09 P.M.
Spokane looks to revise snowplow plan after brutal winter
City officials plan to scrutinize Spokane snow plow policies after a tough winter that left streets an icy rutted mess and led to scores of complaints.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017
Lone Star envy: Spokane business group takes a peek to see what it takes to look like Austin
Austin often tops lists of “Coolest American cities.” It’s residents are young, educated and trend-setting and they’re reshaping how Americans think about urban areas.
FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses
Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016
‘Carol Sing-Along’ aims to spread cheer in downtown Spokane
There’s a 100 percent chance of snow Saturday on Wall Street. The Downtown Spokane Partnership is hosting caroling on the freshly revamped street between River Park Square and the old …
MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016
Then and Now: Downtown Spokane Christmas
A life-size Santa statue in a Philadelphia store in 1841 is said to have spawned the tradition of live Santa Claus characters at stores, malls and special events. As Christmas …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 7 P.M.
Spokane’s sick leave ordinance up for review as voters pass statewide requirement
The Spokane City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on revisions to the sick leave requirements they passed in January. Local businesses have started expressing concern about meeting the city’s …
TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016, 5:55 P.M.
Police cracking down on public marijuana smoking in downtown Spokane
Marijuana may be legal now, but smoking it in public isn’t. After months of education efforts, the Spokane Police Department will shift to ticketing people found smoking marijuana in public …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 5:43 P.M.
Iconic Christmas display donated by Macy’s to downtown Spokane group
When the downtown Spokane Macy’s closed in March, a big question mark hung above a big empty building and almost an entire city block where the department store stood for …
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
Legal marijuana’s arrival in downtown Spokane prompts desire to re-evaluate laws
Lucky Leaf opened on First Avenue last month, and a proposed store at the corner of Lincoln and Second Avenue seems primed for downtown Spokane’s second legal pot shop. The …
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016, 10:17 P.M.
Spokane leaders triple city’s arts funding
Spokane leaders more-than tripled spending on the arts on Monday after hearing many impassioned pleas from local artists. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to earmark a portion of its …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015
Doug Clark: Wall Street cleanup possible with shared effort
Nothing healthier than a good ol’ walk in the great outdoors. Unless, that is, you’re following Chris Powell through a particularly shabby section of downtown Wall Street.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2015
Downtown Spokane’s ‘parklet’ visitors can sit, dine on Main Avenue
A parklet appeared in front of Wollnick’s on Main Avenue in downtown Spokane on Thursday, turning heads and moving passers-by to call it “neat” or “awesome.” But what is it?
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014
STA holding public hearing on 10-year plan
Spokane Transit Authority’s board of directors, under criticism from the business community over downtown loitering, will face its critics on Thursday while also considering a 10-year plan to improve transit …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014
Doug Clark: How to rid the STA Plaza of those pesky people
There’s a rumble in our concrete jungle. Yes, fight fans, the battle’s over pedestrian turf rights outside the bus plaza.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014
Bus riders impede flow of pedestrians at plaza, business group contends
Who has precedence on Spokane’s sidewalks: pedestrians or people waiting for the bus at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza? Downtown business interests posed that question Monday in an email to …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014
Downtown business leaders meet to discuss STA Plaza’s future
A task force of business leaders met behind closed doors on Wednesday to talk about the future of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza in the heart of downtown. The meeting …
SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2014
Signs point to dim future for STA Plaza
Spokane’s business community likely will succeed in pushing the region’s central bus plaza out of downtown, a former transit board chairman predicts. “We were doing everything we could to appease …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Pause on STA Plaza redo revealing
As the downtown business illuminati attempt to derail eight years’ worth of planning for improved bus service in Spokane, they insist that it’s not because they don’t like poor people. …
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
STA puts Plaza remodel on hold
The remodeling of Spokane’s downtown transit plaza faces a new obstacle after downtown business interests on Thursday successfully won a delay of the project. Some business leaders question if remodeling …
MONDAY, DEC. 30, 2013
Spokane Business Improvement District may expand
The southwest portion of downtown Spokane could see graffiti cleaners, hanging baskets and increased security presence if property and business owners move forward with a plan to join the city’s …
THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 2013
Horses will return for free carriage rides
The free downtown holiday carriage rides that were started by Spokane Teachers Credit Union and the Downtown Spokane Partnership in 2000 are beginning again Friday. Bruce Spencer is bringing his …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 2013
Spokane city leaders back plan to make downtown more inviting
A collection of business, government and community representatives gathered in Spokane City Hall’s Chase Gallery on Friday morning to show their support for an initiative to make downtown “safer and …
SATURDAY, AUG. 17, 2013
Spokane city law proposal would cap surveillance
A proposed law limiting the use of surveillance technology in the city of Spokane has been diminished to the point of being ineffective, according to local and state civil rights …
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
Spokane OKS early citizen initiative review
The battle at the ballot box briefly entered City Hall on Monday night, as supporters and opponents of Envision Spokane’s Bill of Rights squabbled over changes to the initiative process. …
SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013
Proposed pedestrian bridge would loom large over skyline
Perhaps lost in the recent debate about a proposed pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District is its massiveness. It wouldn’t be an inconspicuous walkway like the three pedestrian bridges over …
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
Spokane police launch two new outreach efforts
The Spokane Police Department launched two new outreach efforts Thursday, both designed to get officers closer and more involved with the communities they serve. One involves the opening of a …
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013
Security Ambassadors lose leader to cancer
Larry Killstrom, who for 16 years headed Spokane’s downtown Security Ambassadors program, died this week after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 64. Friends and associates considered Killstrom the chief …
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013
Spokane parking meters to accept plastic
Paying for parking with plastic is about to become a permanent option in downtown Spokane. After several exploratory studies over the past decade, Spokane plans to roll out parking meters …
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
Beautification project tackles Spokane’s ‘gateways’
Spokane city officials are pushing forward with a long-term plan to clean, paint and upgrade downtown underpasses under Interstate 90 and the BNSF Railway tracks. Launched last year, the effort …