In the past 10 years, the city has more than tripled its miles of bikeways and connected parts of town previously impassable on two wheels. With a new batch of elected officials entering office in 2020, it remains to be seen if that momentum will carry over into the 2020s.
The mayor and council President Ben Stuckart celebrated together in 2014 when voters approved funding for rebuilding streets and Riverfront Park. But by the end of 2015, the relationship had soured over the departure of Straub, who’d been accused of sexual harassment by an employee.
When 2010 began, the nation was still clawing its way out of major economic decline, and downtown Spokane was a different place. Now, as the decade closes, downtown is in the midst of a yearslong growth spurt and everything’s changed.
Forty-six years ago – with just 72 days before the World’s Fair officially kicked off in Spokane – Tim Welsh climbed to the top of the incomplete U.S. Pavilion, popped the collar of his thick flannel jacket against the February chill and smiled for the camera. “All those cables you see, I measured every one of them. I did most of the surveying and layout of the project,” said Welsh, who was project engineer on the U.S. Pavilion for Expo ’74.