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Monday, May 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Before Spokane, the city of Twickenham was planned overlooking the river

Herbert Bolster, one of Spokane’s founders, and later one of the first 10 investors in Washington Water Power, saw in the growth of the city the opportunity to strike out …


The Great (unfinished) Gorge Park

After numerous visits during 1907 and 1908, and with a $1,000 payment, the Olmsted Brothers produced a report for Spokane, the General Plan of the Park System. The plan has …


The view from 1936: elevated roads, subway rails and subterranean crosswalks crisscrossed downtown Spokane

Double-decker loop of downtown streets for buses, trucks and taxis. Underground tunnels for pedestrians. Railroads shunted to subways. Welcome to the alternate Spokane of 1936, where city planners had some …


Before Expo was Ebasco, the plan to save downtown Spokane

Probably the grandest plan undone in Spokane was Ebasco, a proposal that led to the complete reformation of city government, recognition of the central place the Spokane Falls and river …


Lincoln Square, the pedestrian plaza designed to reinvigorate downtown Spokane

The downtown Spokane Public Library sits on a storied location, one that could reveal the layers of city transformation, from a devastating fire to a hub of transportation to a …


Bulldozing Peaceful Valley to save the Spokane River

How would Spokane’s leaders follow the immense popularity and the transformative effect Expo ’74 had on the city? One idea was to completely bulldoze Peaceful Valley, the neighborhood just west …


The North Riverbank Urban Design Plan: a 1982 look into the future of Kendall Yards

As the blush of Expo wore off, along with the cloth covering of the U.S. Pavilion, urban planners were at a loss. The fair had done the work to deliver …


Lincoln Street: Spokane’s bridge that went nowhere

In 1992, the Spokane City Council directed staff to begin the design and construction of a new span over the Spokane Falls, dubbed the Lincoln Street Bridge. Seven million dollars …