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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

Skating ribbon to close for up to three weeks after ammonia leak

Cracks in a custom-made piece of equipment used in the ice-making process at the city’s new ice ribbon in Riverfront Park caused a gas leak Saturday night. The city will …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Ammonia leak closes Riverfront Park’s skating ribbon for the weekend

An ammonia leak was detected at the skating ribbon on Saturday afternoon, and the city’s Parks Department decided to shutter the attraction throughout the rest of the weekend as a …


Preparations under way for downtown food hall

Demolition has started on downtown Spokane’s old Sterling Savings Bank building in preparation for the a modern food hall.


125-unit apartment complex planned for east Valley

Demolition has started on downtown Spokane’s old Sterling Savings Bank building in preparation for the a modern food hall.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Spokane’s ice ribbon ties up successful first month, exceeds attendance goal for entire season

With school out for winter break, families on vacation and kids tired of being cooped up inside, the Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon has already exceeded its attendance goal for its …


Froma Harrop: Downtown retail bucks dying-mall trend

Wausau, Wisconsin, for example, has not one vacant storefront in the entire downtown shopping area. The Wall Street Journal singled out Wausau as an important case study because it is …


First Night planners crossing fingers for large turnout to keep Spokane event going

If the event doesn’t attract close to 10,000 people, Miller said this year’s First Night could be its last night.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Lincoln and Monroe work gets final approval after city shaves $103,000 from cost estimate

The final price tag for the two-year project that repaired utilities and repaved a 10-block stretch of the downtown couplet was lowered after some concern from the City Council they …


Then and Now: Downtown shopping

In 1972, as Spokane was preparing for Expo ’74, retail shopping in the downtown area was undergoing big changes.


Editorial: Ice ribbon a slick addition to downtown

At night, the ribbon is ablaze with colorful lights, adding to the festive atmosphere of the holiday in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

Parking garage, trail features head envisioned for long-vacant Bosch lot

After abandoning plans to build a climbing wall on a gravel parking lot north of the Post Street Bridge, city officials are now looking at constructing a parking garage and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Cost overruns prompt request for additional $250,000 for Lincoln and Monroe downtown paving project

The Spokane City Council will be asked to add an additional quarter of a million dollars to the two-year paving project that caused headaches for downtown businesses and pedestrians. The …


Central Oregon town backs off on downtown parking tickets

Officials in the central Oregon town of Bend say they’ll refund money to drivers fined for parking vehicles deemed too long for downtown angled parking spaces.


Spokane urban design awards honor Urban Outfitters building

Held every two years, the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards recognize public projects within city limits that promote smart public improvements. This year’s top winner was the expansion at River Park …


Parklets get permanent status in Spokane

The City Council voted unanimously to set up a regulatory structure for the miniature, pop-up parks that first sprouted in Spokane in 2015. Businesses will have to pay for a …


Downtown Spokane a crucible for housing, transit and business ideas

Everywhere you look in downtown Spokane these days, there’s a private developer or public entity trying something new with the existing historic character of the Lilac City.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

City’s report on homelessness and basalt added under I-90 lacked context, Spokane leaders say

Installing tons of rocks beneath Interstate 90 was part of a long-term design plan and aimed at improving public safety, members of the City Council and the city’s head of …


The Dirt: New skywalks coming downtown

Two Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen locations are closer to opening in the Spokane region, one in Post Falls and the other on North Division St.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017

New skywalks coming to downtown Spokane

Two skywalks torn down for the redevelopment of the old Macy’s building in downtown Spokane will be replaced for $800,000.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Spokane backs away from controversial climbing gym proposal adjacent to Spokane Falls

The city will withdraw its request for a hearing with a state agency about whether to transfer outdoor recreation requirements on the lot, which would have been one of the …


Main Avenue ‘road diet’ downtown gets City Council nod, traffic questions remain

The Spokane City Council gave its preliminary approval of a plan to reconfigure a four-block stretch of Main Avenue to include a dedicated bike lane and larger sidewalks. The city …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

Western edge of downtown Spokane to get longer meter limits

As part of a pilot project that will go into effect within the next week, those parking on Jefferson Street or Second Avenue will be able to park at meters …


A Main route through downtown: Spokane ponders dedicated bike lane, more pedestrian friendly link to University District

City Council President Ben Stuckart says Spokane should start acting now to re-imagine a four block stretch of Main Avenue in order to promote business growth by getting more people …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Gunshot that killed man driving downtown Tuesday was accidental, witnesses say

Witnesses told police that a man killed while driving down Washington Street Tuesday was shot when an AK-47 accidentally went off.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

Juvenile arrested in connection with deadly downtown Spokane shooting

Police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal downtown Spokane shooting Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Detectives investigating fatal downtown Spokane shooting

Major Crimes detectives are on the scene of a deadly shooting in downtown Spokane along South Washington Street Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017

Multiple people injured, including baby, in downtown Spokane crash

Multiple people, including an infant, were hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash late Sunday in downtown Spokane. Just before 10 p.m. an SUV eastbound on Sprague ran a red …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

New Spokane Public Market brings fresh produce to the heart of Spokane

A new downtown farmers market opened Tuesday as the city and farmers look to bring local produce to residents into the heart of the downtown.


Spokane welcomes new farmers market downtown

The Spokane Public Market opens Tuesday, July 11, from 4-7 P.M. at the Parkade Plaza.


Downtown Spokane offers much more than just bars, nightclubs

A closer look at downtown will reveal a few out-of-the-box options for a night on the town.