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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

Jeep flips when hit by pickup in downtown Spokane

A Jeep Patriot upside down and facing the wrong way was the spectacle of a busy downtown Spokane intersection Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Central Spokane’s Cooper-George Apartments get $7.5 million upgrade

The $7.5 million transformation of Spokane’s first luxury senior apartment community into “big city downtown living” is nearly complete at the Cooper-George Apartments, a midcentury high-rise at the base of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

First Night will no longer host a downtown Spokane New Year’s Eve party

First Night Spokane will no longer host a New Year’s Eve party downtown amidst waning attendance and rising costs.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

After years of decline, Spokane’s skywalks are getting a boost

The city’s upper avenues once served as busy footpaths between bustling commercial centers. Today, two new skywalks are under construction at the former downtown Macy’s at a cost of about …


Developer Ron Wells uses passion, savvy to preserve Spokane’s heritage

In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.


Downtown bank building to be renovated into a modern food hall

Plans are in the works to renovate the Umpqua Bank building downtown at the corner of Riverside and Wall into a modern food hall with mulitple restaurants.


Spokane takes step to become a ‘Smart City’ research center

A local public-private-university collaboration called Urbanova is using street lamps to shed light air pollution.


Blessings Under the Bridge struggling after deal with city falls through

Spokane’s largest homeless outreach has moved amidst a disagreement with the city over how to provide services. The nonprofit was leasing space under the I-90 bridge until the city served …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Man arrested in connection with violent sexual assault at downtown bus stop

Spokane police are investigating a woman’s claim that she was violently raped at a bus stop in downtown Spokane Saturday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Portland developer, poker player envisions Otis as boutique hotel

Curtis Rystadt said he’s partnering with the Hotel Indigo chain to turn the historic Otis into a 112-room hotel.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Supporters of coal, oil train fine initiative accused of violating Washington campaign finance laws

The group Safer Spokane has been hit with a complaint alleging yearlong violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws for failing to file fiscal reports as required by law. …


Ridpath’s revival into small downtown Spokane apartments attracts renters

Nearly 10 years after the last hotel guests checked out, downtown Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel is getting new tenants. And they pay rent.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Dodson’s Jewelers finds adaptation, service key to 130 years in business

Dodson’s Jewelers survived the Spokane fire of 1889 and went on to become a retail fixture for generations of local residents. The family owned company is celebrating its 130th anniversary …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 8:07 a.m.

City lays boulders beneath I-90 in downtown Spokane to shift homeless to shelters

Boulders were dropped for a cost of $150,000, and city leaders say it’s just one of many steps Spokane is taking to get people off the streets and into the …


Then and Now: While Spokane burned, the city’s water superintendent was in Coeur d’Alene doing boat repairs

Spokane’s water superintendent, Rolla A. Jones, was in Coeur d’Alene doing repairs on a steamboat he owned when Spokane’s great fire of 1889 broke out.


Getting There: Monroe-Lincoln paving starts at 7 p.m. Monday

The final paving on Monroe and Lincoln streets downtown starts at 7 p.m. Monday, ending two summers of disruption to rebuild both streets from below ground up.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

More parking is coming to downtown Spokane

A six-story parking garage will rise in the burgeoning west end marketed as the “entertainment district.”


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:37 a.m.

Fines for downtown Spokane coal, oil train traffic head to voters with promise of political fight

Spokane voters can expect a passionate political fight over a proposal to fine coal and oil trains passing through downtown after the City Council sent the question to the November …


Then and now: Hutton Building

Fueled by a lucky stake in a productive silver mine, Levi “Al” Hutton and May Arkwright built the Hutton building in 1906.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 4:29 p.m.

Workout season in the city: Free classes offered downtown

The Summer Workout Series, sponsored by Downtown Spokane Partnership and Numerica Credit Union, kicked off Monday at the Tribal Gathering Place next to City Hall.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Fines for coal, oil trains in downtown Spokane likely headed for ballot amid legal concerns

The Spokane County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday a measure proposing fines on certain coal and oil trains traveling through downtown had enough valid signatures to be put to voters in …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

New Spokane Public Market brings fresh produce to the heart of Spokane

A new downtown farmers market opened Tuesday as the city and farmers look to bring local produce to residents into the heart of the downtown.


Ridpath’s party draws several hundred people back to the former downtown Spokane landmark

Several hundred people crowded into the Ridpath Hotel on Thursday afternoon for an early party anticipating the landmark’s return to prominence in the social life of Spokane.


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

Ethnic markets: Bosnian owners bring taste of home to Alpine Deli

The Hatkics fled from Bosnia to Germany in 1992, the year the Bosnian War began, and moved to Spokane in 1998. Three years ago, the family purchased the Alpine Deli …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Parking meter enforcement gets tougher in downtown Spokane

Pay attention to where and when you park, because starting Saturday, the city will begin issuing fines for overstaying the maximum amount of time posted on a meter.


Hoopfest, Bloomsday have a perfect home in downtown Spokane

The biggest, and quite possibly the best, athletic venue in Spokane may surprise you. It’s not Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center or Joe Albi Stadium. It’s not the Spokane Veterans Memorial …


Coming soon from Jeremy Hansen: Octopus Gin and a classic French brasserie

The octopus-themed gin joint and traditional French eatery are slated to open in the old Ridpath Hotel.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Hoopfest players will take to downtown Spokane this weekend; heed street closures

Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, tips off at 8 a.m. Saturday for two-days of street ball competition. Many of the downtown Spokane streets will be closed …


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.