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It's been one of those weeks here at DTE - trying to catch up from a crazy weekend while anticipating and planning another one.  So in honor of that, here's some quick hits for your Thursday:

Today at 11 a.m. at the Hawkins Edwards Office Building, 225 W. Main Ave, Mayor Mary Verner will announce the call for entries for the 2009 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards, intended to recognize and thank people who contribute to Spokane’s quality of life and help implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan through good urban design.  Check it out if you have time, and read more about it HERE.  

It's been a whole lot of fun recapping with friends and colleagues about this year's Bike To Work Week, and even more fun anticipating next year's.  If you're like us, you want to know the results of the Commute Challenge.  Rest assured, the BTW folks are busy crunching the numbers and when we know, you'll know.  But if you want to know sooner, be sure you're following Bike To Work Spokane on Twitter.  In the meantime, enjoy looking at the following pictures of Bike To Work events courtesy of Hank Greer of Shallow Cogitations fame.
Bike to Work Week Spokane photos - Kickoff Breakfast, Energizer Stations, Wrap Up Party.

Sustainability and the opposite ofThe Spokesman-Review recently ran a great story about Community Minded Enterprise's Youth Sustainability Council, a civic-minded group of local high school kids led by the wonderful Taylor Weech.  If we've learned anything from meeting with and hearing Taylor talk, it's that the future is bright in Spokane with fresh, innovative ideas being fostered through groups like the Youth Sustainability Council.  Hopefully preventing old, out-of-touch ideas like those shared by Spokane city councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin from holding us back in the future.  McLaughlin was recently interviewed by The Inlander about her views on climate change and the Sustainability Action Plan, among others, and the result is nothing short of sad.

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