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Downtown plaza’s fountain torn down

As Randy Keller loaded pieces of the Parkade Plaza Fountain into the back of his company truck, he reminisced about the days when the fountain was a downtown Spokane attraction. …


Spokane to give parking scofflaws the boot

The dreaded parking boot is back. Spokane city officials brought out the boot Thursday to show what’s waiting for parking ticket scofflaws when they get caught parking downtown again.


New Grand Hotel Spokane will carry Marriott branding

More than nine months after starting construction, Spokane hotelier Walt Worthy now has a formal name for his new convention center hotel.


Downtown Spokane developer bringing back the Bickett

A three-story brick building on the east end of downtown Spokane is being renovated into ground floor commercial space and eight new apartments on the upper floors. The project is …


Downtown businesses have adapted to Hoopfest after decades of practice

Like most major events, Hoopfest owes its silver-plated success to good luck, persistence and the good fortune of following a bona fide example – in its case, Bloomsday – say …


Vacant downtown Otis building fenced off

City officials have blocked off sidewalks around the old Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane, keeping out transients and others who have used the long-vacant building as a gathering spot or …


Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity

Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …


Buskers, helpers all tuned up for annual Street Music Week

A nice guy at The General Store gave me a discount on those red paint buckets we use every year for collecting food bank donations. A tub of shiny new …


Teen gets five days in jail for downtown Spokane beating

The teenager who beat a 56-year-old man outside a downtown Spokane restaurant in January received five days of jail time and six months’ probation after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault, …


Doug Clark: Plaza makeover solves city’s jail overcrowding

What a coincidence! STA (Spokane Transient Authority) approved its makeover scheme for the downtown Bus Plaza at almost the same exact time I finished my own Spokane Plazatentiary plan.


STA board approves $4.7 million bus Plaza remodel

The waterfall that cascades through the center of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza is headed down the river. On Thursday, the STA board of directors unanimously approved a $4.7 million …


Shawn Vestal: Body of evidence discredits prophets of downtown doom

Boy, the city’s new sit-lie ordinance must really be working. Because, after months and months of hearing only about our dire, deadly situation in the downtown area – after City …


Sex offender who told police he was doing ‘Lord’s work’ arrested again

William “Billy” Ogan, a 23-time convicted felon and self-proclaimed purveyor of the Lord’s work, was arrested on a felony indecent exposure charge Monday night after allegedly showing his genitalia to …


Doug Clark: Corporal Clark talks cops, crooks, downtown violence

Corporal Clark returns to address your concerns about cops, crooks and your odds of getting a black eye after dining out in downtown Spokane. Q: Wasn’t it terrible what happened …


Family wants action to address violent incidents downtown

Sporting bruises around his eyes, Bruce Palmer gripped the hand of his wife, Billie, at his home Thursday, three days after the couple said they were attacked in downtown Spokane. …


Downtown Spokane violence ‘an epidemic,’ man’s family says

The family of a man whose nose was broken during an assault outside a downtown restaurant Monday night plans to appeal to the city to address what his son calls …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Enforcing sit-lie law would be bigger crime

Supporters of the city’s new sit-lie law said repeatedly Monday night that they were not trying to criminalize homelessness. Starting with City Councilman Mike Allen – who put air quotes …


Then and Now photos: Downtown storefront shines during holidays

Christmas decorations displayed by retailers or retail groups have been a historical part of the downtown holiday scene. Wreaths, lighted silhouettes, painted windows and window displays at stores like the …


Revival Lighting anchors downtown Spokane retail block

Remember those revolving nail bins that were common in hardware stores years ago? If you flip one upside down and add wiring and fixtures, you can turn the bin into …


Flavorful throwback

Volstead Act doesn’t have the old-school ambiance of a bygone era. The new downtown Spokane bar, named for the law that launched Prohibition, has a look that is semi-industrial and …


Free parking in downtown Spokane; city offices open

Parking will be free at all Spokane meters Monday in observation of the Columbus Day holiday. Trash pickup will occur as scheduled, as will City Council proceedings.


Shawn Vestal: Instead of clearing sidewalk, learn to share

I walked through downtown Spokane – and lived to tell about it. Just went out and walked around. Crazy, huh? Intrepid? Down Riverside. Over to the park. Looked at the …


Attacks motivate Seattle, Portland

Two violent attacks this summer have galvanized Seattle and Portland efforts to crack down on the perception of downtown lawlessness. On Sept. 13, Troy Wolff, a 46-year-old English professor at …


Plaza scene safer, but still troubles many

They hang out downtown for a lot of reasons. Some are homeless. Some are thrill-seekers. Others want drugs or companionship. “I need to get out of the house,” said Meghan …


Finding answers to sullied downtown image

Tim Barlos was bartending at the Satellite Diner two weeks ago when one of his patrons was blindsided with a blow and knocked out in front of the downtown Spokane …


Clark: Downtown Spokane’s stark reality plain to see

Boy Mayor got it almost right. Last February, in his annual State of the City hoo-haw, Mayor David Condon declared his intent to make Spokane the Northwest’s “City of Choice.”


Clark: Dutch’s pawnshop will close, but Gary Singer will live on

By October’s end, Dutch’s Inc., Spokane’s landmark downtown pawnshop and music store, will be history.


Downtown loop adds bikes to flow

Sara Stime bikes to work every now and again. A couple of days a week, she throws her bike in her car and drives down Sunset Hill to Browne’s Addition, …


Clark: Parking meters rob us of our character

There are two things you can always count on in Spokane: The public hates downtown parking meters more than Alec Baldwin hates the media.