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In first year of operation, Spokane’s school zone cameras net $1.2 million from speeders

Between the city’s 15 red-light cameras and two school-zone cameras, $2.8 million was collected in fines last year. That money will go to construction projects designed to slow traffic and increase pedestrian safety, but there’s no formal plan in place after 2018 for how the city will use money collected from speeders near schools. Residents on the South Hill say there will be a major need for projects in their area as development intensifies.

South Side neighborhoods get united plan approved

A coalition of five South Side neighborhoods succeeded this week in winning adoption of a joint neighborhood plan that took two years to develop. Spokane City Council members voted unanimously on Monday in favor of the plan, which sets out a series of goals and projects to improve livability on the South Side.

Spokane neighborhood groups strive for urban renewal

The drizzle last week did nothing to discourage Grayson and Megan Bjork from one of their regular visits to the South Perry commercial district. The young couple, taking turns holding their infant son, strolled among the vendors at the Thursday Market before heading off to check out the other nearby shops and restaurants. They had looked for a home in the trendy neighborhood just a couple of miles from downtown before choosing one elsewhere on the South Hill, but they still make it to South Perry as much as possible.

Ben Stuckart floats plan for targeted renewal

Compare East Sprague Avenue with South Perry Street and someone’s bound to call you crazy. One is a dismal stretch of concrete and dilapidated storefronts located in a prime spot between the University District and the hospitals. The other is a walkable, tree-lined haven with trendy eateries – a shining example of what can happen when a neighborhood center does everything right.

Allen vs. Rush, Street taxes

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the $20 vehicle tab tax and possible creation of a street utility tax. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane.