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Then and Now: Jensen-Byrd warehouse on Main Avenue

The Jensen-Byrd warehouse on Main Avenue was first built as a storage facility for the Marshall-Wells Company in 1909. Today, it’s part of the WSU campus in the University District.


Robert J. Samuelson: Learning from the Great Depression

There are parallels between the present financial turmoil and past episodes of economic disruption, including the Great Depression of the 1930s.


Then and Now: Kinman Business University

The Kinman Business University aimed to teach technical and clerical skills to would-be workers who weren’t seeking a college degree. Bookkeeping, accounting and other white collar work was taught by …


Then and Now: Federal Building and Post Office

The expansion of federal government agencies during the Great Depression prompted a search for more office space in Spokane. The 1909 Post Office was expanded in 1941.


U.S. population growth is lower than at any time since the Great Depression

Last year the United States had the lowest rate of population growth of any year since the Great Depression, according to Census figures released Tuesday.


Robert Samuelson: Obama stopped economic slide

It is Obama’s unfortunate fate that the high-water mark of his presidency occurred in the first months, when the world flirted with financial calamity.


Hands-on approach can enhance our economy

“The Boys in the Boat” is, at bottom, a history about a sport. But the stories suggest at least two plausible ways to enhance economic security for blue-collar America.


Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective

Topics were food relief for Great Depression families, the soaring price of homes and an initiative about state-funded abortions.


Smart Bombs: Chase away the political blues

In August, when the jobless rate was 6.1 percent, the polling outfit Ipsos-MORI asked, “Out of every 100 people of working age, how many do you think are unemployed and …


Library ties DIY events to exhibit on Great Depression

A library exhibit about the Great Depression aims to draw connections between the people who made do then and the people making do now. That’s why, along with exhibits of …


2010 census shows slowing U.S. growth

Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still …


How adults handle economic hardship can indelibly mark children

Emily Rawls, 24, started at the University of Idaho in 2004, and her major and minor – interior design and architecture – matched a marketplace need. Housing was boom town.


Arts no less important in hard times

Ben Vereen, the Tony-winning singer, actor and dancer, was on the phone, telling me about his upcoming concert with the Spokane Symphony, when he said he wanted to thank the …


Historians explore hard times, obsessions with big families

Edith Manildi, 93, was just a child when the Dionne quintuplets were born. But she still remembers eagerly waiting each week for the latest newspaper photo of the five sisters. …


Modern Spokane forged in struggle

Bank failures, layoffs and swan-diving stock portfolios are nothing new in the Inland Northwest. It has all happened before – bigger, deeper and longer (or so we can hope) – …


Safe keeping

The credit crunch is bringing back an old payment strategy for the holidays: layaway. A pay-over-time strategy first popularized during the Great Depression, layaway allows customers to put a down …