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Decades ago crime used to be such a problem in downtown Spokane that even new officers patrolling the beat have heard the horror stories. But a downtown precinct, special bar patrols and an increased emphasis on the downtown area have curbed some of the bad behavior.
A closer look at downtown will reveal a few out-of-the-box options for a night on the town.
The Spokane River provides a steady flow of distinction to downtown Spokane, and a healthy splash of fun. Few cities can claim a natural asset that puts the business district in touch with fishing, biking and paddling as well as hiking within face-washing distance of a thundering waterfall.
A series of designated bike routes have been established in downtown Spokane and are seeing increasing use.
Urban living often is portrayed as a young person’s game, but at 52, John Waite is a pretty typical downtown Spokane resident. Waite, the owner of Merlyn’s and Auntie’s Bookshop, lives on the same block as his comic and games shop. He’s got a few bars, a grocery store and a movie theater within a few hundred feet.
A series of heritage walking tours is available to folks interested in the history of downtown buildings.
When George R. Dodson opened a jewelry store on Riverside Avenue in 1887, Spokane was remote and scarcely populated. But soon came statehood, and customers, and competition.
While there are some options for getting groceries in downtown Spokane, many residents who live in the city’s core say they would like to see more within walking distance.
There are so many historic buildings in downtown Spokane that it’s hard to choose the best ones.
Honoring the past and envisioning the future are two of the key goals decision-makers in the $64 million redesign of Riverfront Park are trying to achieve.
It’s easy to see why property developers are taking an interest in shaping the way people see downtown Spokane’s skyline. Not necessarily by one-upping each other with taller spires of concrete, but instead by offering tenants, residents and the public a view that can only be found at the highest point: the rooftop.
It’s an elegant space, done in gray, black and white, with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and an open kitchen. There’s a new menu every month or so, and its focus is on creativity as well as whole, healthful foods. Experimentation is a value. So is working to elevate skills. Many ingredients are locally sourced, and dishes – made from scratch – carry a theme.
Demand for downtown housing in Spokane had led to construction hundreds of new units, from 250-square-foot studios to luxury penthouse condos.
The decade of your prime acne cover-up years usually will determine what you called the phenomenon of motoring bumper-to-bumper through the downtown business core on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Washington Supreme Court had to decide whether downtown Spokane would install parking meters back in the 1940s. Today, rates are competitive with other similar-size cities, but officials are calling for more enforcement of existing time limit laws to keep spaces free for visitors and shoppers, rather than workers.
When HDG Architecture outgrew its rented quarters, partners Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtado decided it was time to buy their own building in downtown Spokane. They wanted to create interesting office space that would appeal to workers in their 20s and 30s.
Spokane is in the midst of major transformations, with $800 million in public and private investment pouring into the city’s downtown and nearby neighborhoods.