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Getting There: Jim Frank buys 1,600 bus passes for Kendall Yards workers, residents

When Jim Frank describes why he’s giving free bus passes to everyone who lives or works in his fast-growing, 78-acre downtown development, Kendall Yards, it’s hard not to be jealous …


Recycling best practices: A Q&A

Mixing trash with recycling can create problems all the way down the line, from the disposal bin to the landfill. We reached out to professionals for their tips on garbage …


Two new skywalks open on old Macy’s building

Second-story pedestrians, rejoice. Spokane’s skywalk system is whole again.


Getting There: Lessons from Copenhagen

Spokane will never be a bicycling city. It’s a refrain trotted out regularly by people decrying a new bike lane, or by those criticizing the sudden appearance of Lime bikeshare …


Getting There: A piece of forgotten history runs along North Monroe

One of the most fascinating stories in Spokane is about a wall. Specifically, the retaining wall on North Monroe, which begins just south of Glass Avenue on the west side …


Getting There: Lower posted speed limits and drivers will respond

A new study shows that the simple act of lowering posted speed limits is effective at reducing how fast motorists go.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

Steel tariffs force delay in completing U District pedestrian bridge

Work has stopped on the pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District, and its anticipated opening date in September has been pushed back more than two months, to late November.


Getting There: Say Hello to the new Foley Highway

Today, it’s no longer U.S. Highway 395. From now on, we’ll call it the Foley Highway.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

Squirrel causes thousands to lose power in North Spokane

A squirrel appears to be the cause of temporary power outages that affected thousands in North Spokane Saturday morning.


Parks storage facility to get $1.1 million renovation

Walking through the Riverfront Park maintenance building is like passing through a cross section of history, with oddities from the park’s past tucked into every corner. Here, the Skyride gondolas …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Union says STA report clearing HR director is ‘deeply troubling’

The president of the union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said a report clearing the agency’s human resources director of wrongdoing is “deeply troubling as an indication of STA’s …


At groundbreaking, officials say Catalyst Building will be smartest ever built

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Avista’s five story, 150,000-square-foot “Catalyst” building took place Wednesday morning, with declarations that the project will be the “envy of the nation” and the “smartest …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:37 a.m.

Many voices, differing opinions as question of downtown stadium dominates school board meeting

The shadow of a downtown stadium loomed large over a packed meeting where the Spokane City Council was scheduled to consider only taxes for new libraries.


More than 700 respond to second Riverside Avenue redesign survey; city hopes to clarify public input

Friday marked the deadline for the city’s most recent survey, the second regarding renovation of Riverside Avenue. Just hours before the survey closed, it had gathered more than 700 responses, …


Getting There: Prominent urban thinker gives Spokane transportation a mixed grade

Brent Toderian, a former city planner in Vancouver, B.C., and Calgary, as well as a prominent urban thinker and consultant, shared his perspective on Spokane’s infrastructure last week.


Spokane to consider extending water service to Indian Trail, Beacon Hill developments

Amid the threat of legal action and opposition from neighbors, the Spokane City Council will consider three applications Monday to receive city water in areas beyond municipal borders and areas …


Greenstone Homes: No arterial in proposed 25-acre South Hill development

A proposal to develop 25 acres of vacant land on Spokane’s South Hill – land that neighbors used as a defacto park for decades – is moving forward, and officials …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Hamilton’s westbound Interstate 90 on-ramp to close for repairs

For motorists who use Hamilton Street’s westbound on-ramp to I-90, mark your calendars for Halloween. Because that’s the next time you’ll get to use the road.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Carl Maxey Center, a hub for local African-American community, proposed for East Central

A community center devoted to Spokane’s African-American population, and named after Carl Maxey, an icon of the local civil rights movement, has been proposed for the East Central neighborhood.


Getting There: Time to reconsider our approach to uncontrolled intersections

It’s time to expand the idea of common space to something that’s very common in the United States, even in Spokane: The uncontrolled intersection.


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure

President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

New development – and more traffic – coming to Indian Trail neighborhood

A development in the Indian Trail neighborhood that caused heartburn among elected officials and neighbors more than two years ago was issued building permits last week.


Getting There: Ditch the car and meet your neighbors – Summer Parkways is Thursday

Every Sunday and every holiday since 1974, Bogotá, Colombia, closes 76 miles of streets. No cars go on these Andean roads these days, but every other type of “human-powered transportation” …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Spokane has potholes. Domino’s Pizza has a grant to fill them.

Domino’s Pizza canceled its “30 minutes or less” guarantee five years ago. Was the move prompted by the potholes along our nation’s obstacle course-like roadways?


Survey: East Sprague respondents support pedestrian bridge construction, fewer travel lanes

Property owners and business people on East Sprague Avenue agree: They want fewer lanes on the road. A recent city of Spokane survey found that owners on Sprague between Bernard …


Getting There: Snags emerge in downtown’s east end development

With yet another delay in the trial between the city and the owner of Brown Building Materials over the city’s push to condemn a piece of Brown’s land and take …


Getting There: Spokane is booming. Time to figure out parking.

The last time the city of Spokane did a parking study might as well have been 1,000 years ago. It was 2010. There was no Kendall Yards. There was no …


UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018, 12:34 p.m.

Truck meets bridge: The story behind Spokane’s much-scarred overpasses

struggle plays out frequently in downtown Spokane – about once every three months on Stevens Street, in fact. Below that 11-foot-6-inch railway viaduct you can watch the conflict in real …


Major renovation, expansion planned for Spokane International Airport

Spokane International Airport officials are moving forward with a $130 million reconstruction project to meet passenger growth by expanding terminals, remodeling security checkpoints and adding a central baggage claim hall.


The tallest man in Spokane: Talking shop with the operator of downtown’s tower crane

Wally Forbush, 56, is a tower crane operator, and if you’ve been downtown in the last month, you’ve probably seen him at work.