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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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City’s core a unique law enforcement challenge

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.

Spokane River recreation offers fun, beauty

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.

Downtown Spokane census shows many older, younger residents and few Gen Xers

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.

Here are the 5 best rooftops in Spokane city center

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.

Downtown dining diversifies

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.

Downtown Spokane has long history of experimentation, controversy with parking

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.

Making old spaces new

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.