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Family Fun: Take a spooky walking tour downtown and in Browne’s Addition

Ghost stories are a year-round experience at the Spokane Public Library. Not only are books and movies about ghosts always on the shelf, but a lot of people also come to the library's Northwest Room to learn about the ghosts that share their homes, said librarian Vanessa Strange.

Family Fun: Downtown Spokane promotes kindness with challenges for shoppers

Downtown Spokane Partnership is rewarding acts of kindness for people living, working, shopping and playing in the city center. It's a way of highlighting what people and businesses are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19, said Elisabeth Hooker, the group's marketing and programming director.

Spokane music venue the Pin announces closure

The Pin has dropped from the ranks of Spokane’s music scene. The music venue’s owner, Chelsey Heidenreich, announced Friday afternoon via Facebook that the club at 412 W. Sprague Ave. has permanently closed its doors.

Despite pandemic, downtown library renovation on track

Despite disruptions to the construction industry caused by the pandemic and the building’s temporary use as an emergency shelter for the homeless, the project is still on schedule for completion in spring 2022.

The 16 artists of color behind the Black Lives Matter mural

On a recent sunny afternoon, Tina Stevens, a blonde, 50-something middle school teacher, hopped out of her car in the parking lot at the Seven2 digital ad agency downtown. Her purpose was to get a closer look at the enormous Black Lives Matter mural.

Council delays Mosquito ban until downtown police precinct opens

The Spokane City Council voted Monday to override Mayor Nadine Woodward's veto of a new law that bans the use of "Mosquito" devices – small speakers that emit a shrill, high-pitched noise meant to disperse the young and homeless from congregating or sleeping near a business. 

Then and Now: Riverfront Park after Expo ‘74

While organizers were planning a world's fair in the early 1970s, boosters were also pitching the idea of a natural downtown playground that would be left in its wake. That idea became Riverfront Park. 

Then and Now: John Deere building

The location of the downtown John Deere warehouse in Spokane, built in 1910, was tied to the railroads in the city's urban center. The arrival of the World's Fair in 1974 led to the realignment of those railroads, and the John Deere building was used for storage and staging during Expo '74. 

Then and Now: Berlin Wall in Spokane

In 1962, organizers placed a symbolic Berlin Wall in downtown Spokane to direct local attention to the Soviet Union's blockade during the Cold War.