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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Anticipation grows for downtown co-op

If you haven’t heard about Main Market Co-op yet, you need to know that something exciting is coming to downtown Spokane this fall. This member-owned co-op is under construction at 44 W. Main in the former Goodyear Tire building. It will include a grocery store that showcases foods produced by local farmers, ranchers and fishermen year-round; a commercial kitchen where dishes will be prepared using locally grown food; and a rooftop greenhouse and raised-bed garden that utilizes compost made from the kitchen waste – all in a building with a minimal carbon footprint.

Our View: Private development of YMCA site remains sound

As recently as last summer, one scenario for Spokane’s 42-year-old YMCA building envisioned its existence and continued use for 15 to 20 more years. That was expected to be a stipulation that Spokane County commissioners would impose if they pledged Conservation Futures money to help save the Spokane Park Board from a costly and embarrassing real estate default. Since then, the commissioners have approved the Conservation Futures funding, but they required that the old Y be demolished in five years, not 15 or 20. The next decision-making step in this convoluted and misguided affair resides in City Hall.

Here’s the Dirt: Y Building, Ridpath floors on auction block

The top two floors of the former Ridpath Hotel, once the home of one of Spokane’s hot spots – Ankeny’s – are on the block in a national silent auction that concludes May 1. The adjacent Y Building is also for sale through Florida-based Higginbotham Auctioneers, said Jon Jeffreys, an associate with NAI Black. The alliance is a first, he said, and Black is anxious to see how it works out.

Our View: Plan to buy unwise, a poor fit for conservation fund

When YMCA leaders broke ground for their building on Havermale Island more than 46 years ago, Y president (and later Spokane mayor) David H. Rodgers proclaimed it “part of the orderly development of this downtown area.” Development? Wash your mouth out, Mr. Mayor.

Cheney group plans for prosperity

After doing business in Cheney as Pathways to Progress for years, the Main Street program that hopes to revitalize the downtown business district has changed its name and is launching a new Web site to help recruit new members and volunteers. The Historic Downtown Cheney Partnership held an open house last week to show off its programs for the year and provide information about its numerous committees.

City hopes new signs clarify rules at meters

The city of Spokane will replace the signs it attached last month to meters in the new downtown Entertainment Parking District in an attempt clear up confusion over who can park there, and for how long. The city has mandated special rules for parking in a three-block area around The Fox and Bing Crosby theaters and the Knitting Factory. On those streets, people with disability plates or stickers on their cars can only park for four hours at a time. In all other parts of downtown, cars with disability plates or stickers can park for an unlimited time.

City to replace entertainment district signs

The City of Spokane will replace the signs it placed last month on meters in the new downtown Entertainment Parking District in an attempt clear up confusion over who can park there, and for how long.

Spin Control: All signs point to drivers’ confusion

The city of Spokane has created a new type of parking sign in downtown, and a new parking district. And, shockingly enough, it has people confused. Drivers passing around the Fox, the Bing and the Knitting Factory may have noticed the signs and wondered, “What the …?”

Venues’ needs drive new meter rules

In trying to alleviate one parking problem in downtown Spokane, the city has created another: confusion. New signs limiting parking for people with disabilities to four hours near the Fox, Bing Crosby Theater and Knitting Factory have left parkers baffled about whether they can park at meters in the area.

Sandwich Gardens back in business

Pat Matthews handed out more than a thousand free sandwich coupons in 1998, when he closed the doors on his downtown Spokane lunchtime eatery, Sandwich Gardens. “I expected I’d be back (in River Park Square mall) in about a year,” said Matthews.

A decade later, sandwich shop returns

Pat Matthews handed out more than a thousand free sandwich coupons in 1998, when he closed the doors on his downtown Spokane lunchtime eatery, Sandwich Gardens. This week, 10 years later, Matthews finally came back.

Duck rescuer’s celebrity lives on

For Joel Armstrong, 2008 will always be the year of the ducks. An e-mail describing how the Spokane man helped a duck and her 10 ducklings from their nest outside his second-floor, downtown office to the Spokane River in May went viral, sending his story to people across the world.

Use futures fund to buy Y, voters say in poll

A new survey about the purchase of the downtown YMCA may help push the land into public ownership. Two county commissioners who were undecided or leaning against a plan to buy the Y using Conservation Futures taxes said last week that they’re impressed by the support shown for the idea in a new survey sponsored by the Spokane Park Board.

Not out of the woods yet

While much of the region settled in for a White Christmas, crews scrambled to restore power to a large section of downtown Wednesday night. A fire in an underground transformer shut down power to about eight blocks, including the Davenport Hotel and The Spokesman-Review building and press facility. Because of the outage, some features were not published in today’s paper.

Power outage in downtown

A fire in an underground transformer shut down power in downtown Spokane Wednesday night.

Main Market Co-Op organizers inviting support for downtown venture

Maybe some things really are as simple as they seem. Take the Main Market Co-op slated to open in downtown Spokane sometime around fall 2009. Based on a basic doctrine that everyone deserves good and healthy food, the Main Market Co-op will, as part of their mission statement says, "nourish the community ... and contribute to a healthier and more resilient Inland Northwest."