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Over the last month or so, high tech “smart” parking meters have appeared in downtown Spokane, equipped with coin slots and credit card readers.
But yesterday, workers began installing sensors that will detect when a car comes and goes, zeroing out the meter when it leaves and beginning a countdown when it parks. Though the technology will also allow people to add a few extra minutes from afar via a smartphone app, the sensors have caused a stir among parkers.
In an earlier story, two members of the City Council referred to the sensor technology as “Big Brother,” but both said they supported the new meters.
The sensors don't look like much. They're just simple grey boxes strapped to the meter's post. But parkers beware: They're watching you.
Next up on Post Falls' quest to create a downtown: Spokane Street. The north-south corridor from Interstate 90 south to the Spokane River bridge will receive a makeover featuring raised landscaped medians, a pedestrian/bike trail on the west side, gateway monuments at both ends, decorative lighting and on-street parallel parking. The improvements will start late this summer with traffic signals at Fourth and Spokane next to City Hall. The rest of the $2.2 million project funded by the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency will be done starting next spring. “We want minimal impact to traffic and don't want to tear up Spokane Street in two different construction years,” said Matt Gillis, project engineer for Welch Comer Engineers. “It's like ripping off a Band-Aid quickly instead of slowly.” The project is the latest aimed at creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly city center, Gillis said/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Where would you say downtown Post Falls is?
Over the weekend, there was a big change in display windows in Spokane's downtown Carnegie Square and West End Shopping District. Several stores, including Two Women Vintage Goods and the just-opened Amby Designs, decorated their big front windows in traditional and vintage holiday style.
From all accounts, the first annual Shop Hop was a success, and individual stores are planning open houses and holiday hours. So, enjoy a big plate of turkey and fixings on Thursday because it's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town.
It makes it harder to pinpoint the source of the marijuana aroma blowing in your face.
I spent a few days in downtown Seattle recently. I love big city life. I enjoy the hustle and the bustle and the anonymity of blending in with the crowds. I love being able to walk everywhere, and the quiet oasises you find in the midst of urban sprawl. Alas, the condos across from my hotel were going for $600,000 to $6 million. A bit steep for my pocketbook. So, instead of downtown Seattle, I’m going to be renting an office in downtown Spokane for the summer. It will have to do.
I have a feeling I’m in the minority among Hucksters. Which lifestyle do you prefer, country life or city life?
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