Stories tagged: Downtown Spokane Partnership
Tue., May 1, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
Downtown team to use sophisticated washing equipment from city to scrub graffiti
Spokane is spending $100,000 on a new sophisticated sidewalk pressure washer and a custom utility vehicle to make the downtown area cleaner.
UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 10 p.m.
On heels of developers’ testimony, commission recommends ending building height restrictions
The deepest pockets and most influential developers in downtown Spokane gave the city’s Plan Commission the hard sell: Lift restrictions on building heights and let the “free market” do its …
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 6 a.m.
Solar-powered trash compactor bins to hit downtown Spokane streets
The devices are being leased from a Massachusetts-based company for a five-year period. Crews assigned to collecting garbage bags from dozens of bins downtown will instead focus their efforts on …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 9:09 p.m.
Spokane among ‘Cities on the Rise,’ according to National Geographic Traveler magazine
Spokane made National Geographic Traveler’s list of best U.S. small cities, earning high marks as a “hipster friendly” and “caffeinated” urban area.
Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 7 a.m.
Small Business Saturday draws focus on hand-crafted items, Spokane-area merchants
U.S. consumers will spend billions of dollars on holiday gifts this year. When some of that money trickles into small retail establishments, it has an outsized effect on the local …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Getting There: City floats plan to phase parking lots out of downtown
12,658: That’s how many parking spaces there are in the city core, about 80 percent of which is off-street parking in privately-owned lots and garages.
Sun., June 25, 2017
Downtown Rising: Demand for urban living and experiences transforming Spokane’s core
Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a major transformation, with hundreds of millions of dollars in investment pouring into the city’s core. Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane …
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Does Spokane need a Cheesecake Factory?
While Cheesecake Factory doesn’t top the list, it does make the top 10.
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
Spokane to get tougher on downtown parking meter limits starting July 1
Enforcement of existing laws that place limits on how long a particular motorist can stay on a certain city block will start July 1. Until then, violators will receive notices …
UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 9:46 a.m.
Downtown Spokane Partnership joins call for keeping extended homeless shelter hours
The Downtown Spokane Partnership and Catholic Charities made a push for help funding extended hours at the House of Charity, which will have to close during the day and end …
Tue., 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: Fri., 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.
Tue., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Tue., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Fri., 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?
Wed., 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 …
Sun., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Wed., 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. …
Fri., 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 …