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Food Forests are Coming to Your Neighborhood

Good news from Philip Small at Spokane Permaculture: It’s no longer a question of if, but when, a community food forest will be established in Spokane. The Inland Northwest Food Forest Council is working with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department to locate favorable park sites and similar City-owned sites to install food forest.

The Education Subcommittee of the Urban Forestry Citizen Advisory Committee reviewed four candidate sites last week: Community Gardens at Grant Park and Peaceful Valley, as well as more native portions of Polly Judd Park, and the Hazel Creek low impact development (LID) site.

Similar to the storied Beacon Hill Food Forest being established in Seattle and the 6th Ward Park Food Forest coming to Helena, Mont., the vision in Spokane is to install public food forests in conjunction with community gardens.

Referring to neighbors you don’t know

What house are you talking about? There are plenty of options.

A) The Bumpus place. B) The Radley home. C) The Kravitz house. D) The Clampetts'. E) The Griswold residence. F) Dexter's kill room. G) The best little whorehouse in Spokane. H) Other.

Don’t you love mythic neighborhoods?


But where's the bike rider? He must be home filling his recycling bin.

Summer Parkways takes over Comstock-Manito neighborhood streets

OUTDOOR NEIGHBORHOODS — Celebrate Summer Solstice where motor vehicles will be out and kids and their families will rule the streets in the Comsock-Manito Neighborhoods Wednesday (June 20) 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

The second of two Summer Parkways events will bring a celebration to the streets as traffic is closed off to allow families to bike, hike, dance, skate and enjoy the streets for three hours.

See a map of the traffic-free route in the Comstock/Manito Neighborhood

Spokane Summer Parkways event Sunday on North Side

OUTDOOR NEIGHBORHOODSSpokane Summer Parkways returns to the streets Sunday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the North Hill side of town — extending north and south of Franklin Park.

It's the second of three celebrations of human-powered transportation.

"Even though these are set in particular neighborhoods, we hope that people come from all over to experience the unique flavor of each event," said organizer Bill Bender, noting that perhaps 3,000 people participated in the summer's earlier event on the South Hill.

"We will again have "soft" road closures, largely creating car-free streets, but allowing for local access as needed by those who live on the course.  

See the streets involved in the Summer Parkways event on this map .

Summary for Sunday (July 24):  For all ages. Bring your bikes, boards and feet to promote active forms of transportation, with family activities along closed streets. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.., North Hill neighborhood. Free. Info: (509) 625-6200.

Build it and they will protest

As happened on Glenrose Prairie, some residents in the Indian Trail area across town are upset by plans for a youth baseball facility in their neighborhood. The arguments are familiar: traffic, noise, lights, vandalism. 

Are the planners dense and insensitive that they keep trying to shove these facilities into inappropriate locations, or are the neighbors unreasonable, expecting to shut down all land-use evolution once they’ve staked out their own personal territory?

Thoughts? Please share.

This Land is Your Land

In the time it would take you to whistle that Woody Guthrie classic you could effectively inform the Spokane City Council that you want better land use a priority. In an effort to better understand their constituents, the City Council has created a survey to determine their priorities for 2009. This is your chance to tell them what you want – FILL IT OUT NOW Our friends at Futurewise have come up with a few helpful suggestion for the last comment box: • Implement the comprehensive plan • Take decisive action to address greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change • Take neighborhood planning seriously • Adopt strong protections for the Spokane River in the Shoreline Master Program • Stop expanding the Urban Growth Area until underdeveloped areas reach appropriate target densities • Make provisions for complete streets with multi modal transportation options for people of all ages and abilities in our neighborhoods. • Protect the last remaining farmland in our city • We want transit oriented walkable, bikeable neighborhoods!