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  • Extended MLK Way will connect University District with downtown

    This year, the city will complete the second phase of the MLK Way project, which will stretch from Sherman Avenue – the future location of the planned University District bicycle …


  • University of Washington opens Spokane hub

    A University of Washington official opened the school’s new Spokane center with a tribute to Elson Floyd, the president of Washington State University who died last weekend. “We lost a …


  • Shawn Vestal: Spokane’s Eighth Man group loud, proud and short on substance

    Could someone please find Spokane’s Eighth Man an actual issue? The group’s members have passion in spades. They have commitment. They have identified and named their enemies. They will stand …


  • Spokane City Council approves buying land for bridge

    Supporters call it iconic and necessary, detractors use terms unfit for print, but the University District bicycle and pedestrian bridge inched closer to construction Monday as the Spokane City Council …


  • WSU to make Jensen-Byrd building a gathering place

    Four years after pushing to demolish a century-old warehouse on its growing Spokane campus, Washington State University has decided the historic structure should be preserved as a centerpiece. The university …


  • UW unveils design for Spokane center

    The University of Washington’s plans for the former downtown Spokane visitors center will include a purple wall adorned with a towering W. Artist renderings of the UW Spokane Center provide …


  • The Dirt

    Group buys Globe Building A Spokane investment group has purchased the historic Globe Building at 204 N. Division St. in downtown Spokane, paying previous owners Owen and Julie Clarke $1.32 …


  • Shawn Vestal: U-District bridge can be more than just infrastructure

    Some people are already calling it a bridge to nowhere. But critics of the city’s proposed pedestrian bridge – connecting the university district to East Sprague – are suffering from …


  • Ben Stuckart floats plan for targeted renewal

    Compare East Sprague Avenue with South Perry Street and someone’s bound to call you crazy. One is a dismal stretch of concrete and dilapidated storefronts located in a prime spot …


  • Proposed pedestrian bridge would loom large over skyline

    Perhaps lost in the recent debate about a proposed pedestrian bridge in Spokane’s University District is its massiveness. It wouldn’t be an inconspicuous walkway like the three pedestrian bridges over …


  • Council approves funds to design WSU Spokane pedestrian bridge

    The Spokane City Council on Tuesday gave another endorsement to build a 120-foot-tall pedestrian suspension bridge linking Washington State University Spokane to East Sprague Avenue. The council already accepted $3.1 …


  • More input sought on Riverpoint bridge

    Plans to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting the Riverpoint campus to the University District area along East Sprague Avenue were put on hold temporarily this week to allow …


  • Jensen-Byrd building will be renovated by WSU Spokane

    Washington State University Spokane’s chancellor says the school is now committed to preserving the Jensen-Byrd building and will seek proposals from developers this summer on how best to use the …


  • Volunteers to clean along Spokane River Sept. 29

    About 800 volunteers are expected to gather along the shores of the Spokane River on Sept. 29 for the 10th annual Spokane River Clean-Up organized by the Friends of the …


  • Jensen-Byrd plans on hold for at least a year

    Washington State University officials say they’ll wait a year or more before reconsidering the fate of the empty Jensen-Byrd building on the edge of downtown Spokane’s University District. What they …


  • Nonprofit delays demolition

    A Texas company cannot move forward with plans to demolish the 103-year-old Jensen-Byrd building in downtown Spokane until after a public hearing next month. Austin-based Campus Advantage Inc. is buying …


  • Lauding connections

    Spokane Parks worker Mike Aho heard all sorts of guesses from colleagues about how many bridges cross the Spokane River between Monroe Street and the University District. But none were …


  • Getting There: Citylink budget cuts force route changes

    Citylink, the free bus system in Kootenai and Benewah counties, is facing major cuts in service next month to the urban lines in Kootenai County. A reduced budget is forcing …


  • Homes have an eye to the future

    During the workweek Evan Verduin designs architecture projects for customers around the area. In his spare time, he and his wife, Shelby, are tackling their first town house development in …


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way to open in spring

    Spokane’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Way won’t be complete by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. City officials had hoped the new road, which is the extension of Riverside Avenue …


  • McKinstry gives new life to old building

    Several years ago Dean Allen was driving around Spokane in search of a site for a company office. He spotted an aging brick building along the banks of the Spokane …


  • Spokane River cleanup set for Saturday

    Hundreds of volunteers will be fanning out along the banks of the Spokane River from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during the ninth annual Spokane River Clean-Up organized by …


  • Getting There: Spokane Falls Boulevard section reopening

    An east-west arterial link into downtown Spokane should reopen later this week as workers progress on an initial segment of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Spokane Falls Boulevard …


  • Honda model chosen as troopers’ new ride

    Ninety years ago, the Washington State Patrol was formed with troopers riding Indian motorcycles. The iconic bikes were replaced in recent years with BMW motorcycles for the state’s 43 troopers …


  • Getting There: U District bridge may cost up to $8 million

    Building a bike and pedestrian bridge over a railroad line might seem like a straightforward project. It’s not. The University District east of downtown is hemmed in by the BNSF …


  • Division project puts safety, aesthetics at fore

    The crush of vehicles moving north on Division and south on Browne streets through downtown Spokane is intimidating enough for any pedestrian trying to cross. Growth of the University District …


  • Pacific Bridge to include new location for Spokane Public Radio

    Spokane Public Radio plans to buy a historic building in the Pacific Bridge redevelopment project downtown and add a state-of-the-art studio there. The National Public Radio affiliate, which broadcasts primarily …


  • Inspection and scales moving to fast lane

    A $6.7 million Washington port of entry and weigh station complex under construction along Interstate 90 at the Idaho state line will provide nonstop service to many truckers, Department of …


  • Editorial: Visionaries helped shape University District

    The Rev. Robert Spitzer’s retirement as president of Gonzaga University over the summer turns out to have been the beginning of a trend. Whitworth University President Bill Robinson and Community …


  • University District to get welcome pick-me-up

    The most striking visual transformation in downtown Spokane since Expo ’74 gave us Riverfront Park has been the higher education development blossoming along the Spokane River east of Division Street. …

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