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If you went to the narrow strip of land at the bottom of the bend in the Spokane River just east of downtown in 1905, you would have found the new home of the Spokane Manufactured Gas Plant and the American Tar Company.
A major construction project on East Sprague Avenue will be postponed until 2021.
Shoppers at the Costco on East Sprague in Spokane Valley walked Monday past the place where they expected to find toilet paper. They found the bundles of paper towels and cases of bottled water but all of the outhouse necessaries were sold out.
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.
East Sprague Avenue hosted Holiday on the Ave for the second year in the revitalized Sprague Union District. The event highlights the small businesses in the area and brings in pop-up retailers for the day.
Nearly five months after the Spokane Transit Authority rebuffed Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to move bus stops on East Sprague Avenue, the City Council will consider using technology to prevent cars from backing up behind buses in intersections.
Spokane City Council members shouldn’t give up on a potential homeless shelter in East Central, especially without a solid alternative that can be quickly implemented. Another winter without more public shelter space should not be an option. Not so long ago, it seemed like the proposed shelter in a former Grocery Outlet store on East Sprague Avenue was heading toward reality. There were some kinks to work out and planning to do, but the end was in sight.
What started as an idea from a former Spokane City Council member, and turned into a war of words between the state Senate majority leader and the mayor, is inching toward reality. East Sprague bikeways are coming.
Buses will continue to stop in the lane of traffic on East Sprague Avenue, a victory for the transit agency and its plans to build out a “high performance transit” network on its busiest and most popular routes with transit stops that act and look like those on East Sprague.
On Thursday, the Spokane Transit Authority will vote on the City of Spokane’s decision to make East Sprague’s bus stops more commuter- and business-friendly. As current and former presidents of the East Spokane Business Association, we stand behind the City’s decision to have buses pull out of the lane of traffic when loading and unloading passengers.
State Sen. Andy Billig, a Spokane Democrat who holds the powerful position of majority leader in the Senate, has locked horns with Mayor David Condon, a Republican and the only person in the last 45 years to be re-elected as mayor of the state’s second-largest city. The issue: bikeways on East Sprague Avenue.
Eighteen months and $150,000 later, the glow has come off the fancy new bus stops on East Sprague Avenue for the city of Spokane.
Palms were read there. Hair was cut there. Radios were rented there. Now, the 111-year-old “palmistry” building on East Sprague Avenue is slinging microbrews and fish and chips. This week, the Union Tavern opened at 1914 E. Sprague Ave. by longtime Spokane restaurant and bar owner, Dale Kleist.
City officials wouldn’t give a firm opening date for the bridge Tuesday, which will stand 120 feet tall on the eastern edge of downtown and link the University District with planned private investment on East Sprague Avenue. Touring the bridge for the first time, Gov. Jay Inslee said it will serve as “working art” that will define Spokane’s skyline.
Before investigators learned the name of Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., fear gripped the women who worked as prostitutes on East Sprague Avenue.
Property owners and business people on East Sprague Avenue agree: They want fewer lanes on the road. A recent city of Spokane survey found that owners on Sprague between Bernard and Scott streets want change when the road is remade next year. If city engineers heed the survey’s results, the stretch will look similar to the design of Sprague’s complete renovation about a mile east that opened in the fall.
The city received a Smart Partnership Award for pulling together entities in support of a revitalization of East Sprague Avenue, first discussed in 2013.
How a Spokane-owned, Chevrolet step-side wrecking truck from 1953 marked an era in the business of car wrecking and ended up overseas in Cudworth, England, in the hands of a mechanical engineer hoping to trace the pickup back to its roots.
A dilapidated appliance store on East Sprague Avenue is being renovated into offices for a local architecture company.
The new transit stops on East Sprague look great, but it’s what they’re doing that has people at Spokane Transit Authority and the city excited.