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McEuen Could Become Riverfront?

JBelle: One thing that’s interesting to me is that no discussion of Riverfront Park here in The Kan EWA comes up when arguing about McEuen. Is that because Riverfront Park has become a veritable gold mine of all kinds of jobs related to the 12 month calendar of events the park now hosts? Is that because the meeting and tourism business here simply did not start until we built the park, employing hundreds and hundreds of people in the process and sustaining an equal amount of jobs every year? Is that because after the park was built Bloomsday, Hoopfest, 4th of July extravaganzas, and First Night were born? Or is because the Junior League Red Wagon and the Rotary Foundation found a well-deserves home, adding inestimatable grace to us here? More below.

Question: Would you want McEuen Field to become a mini-Riverfront Park?

None of the above materialized from thin air; someone had to design, build and administrate these projects, which are now seen by many as an irrevocable part of life here. People come from all over the Inland Northwest, heck, some even from Kootenai County on occasion, ;), and in the process spend lots of money, which,wait for it, sustains jobs created when these projects were built and designed. Is this not discussed because what’s happened here since 1974 is irrelevant and non-analogous to what might and could happen in downtown Coeur d’Alene? By the way, have you noticed that downtown Spokane is more than a collection of seasonal gift shops, cafes and half-empty residential view units?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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