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Spokane ends free parking but will be lax about enforcement until June

Shake out those quarters – or better yet, open up a mobile app – because parking in downtown Spokane is no longer free as of Tuesday.


Getting There: Process of changing downtown parking to dynamic, tiered system moves forward

“Everyone think this is about a money grab, and it’s not,” said Julie Dixon, whose firm is leading the process of implementing the results of a parking study done by …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Moscow, Idaho, to assess downtown parking

The availability of downtown parking has long been a concern for many Moscow residents, so the city plans to examine the parking system this year.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Texas woman’s erroneous Spokane parking charge reveals processing error affecting hundreds

When a Texas woman visited her daughter last September, she paid for parking several times in Spokane. Four months later, she was charged again. Apparently, the city’s parking services vendor …


Getting There: Spokane plans to extend mobile phone payment at parking meters

Spokanites are learning to leave the quarters behind. The city continues to see robust usage of the Passport parking app through mobile phones, and on Monday the City Council is …


Getting There: Questions and answers with the soothsayers of Spokane’s parking future

Julie Dixon and Kenzie Coulson have been tasked with revising the city’s laws and parking system so that downtown trips don’t cause headaches. What do they see as the challenges …


Getting There: No chalk on the tires in Spokane’s parking enforcement

Federal appellate courts ruled “chalking” tires, a method of determining whether a parker has remained at a space for too long, was unconstitutional. But Spokane ceased the practice downtown at …


100 years ago in Spokane: The search for a solution to city parking problems starts

The Spokane Daily Chronicle looked into the future and warned about an emerging crisis: automobile parking in the city.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019

Spokane residents can soon park their cars on the street for 3 days without risking ticket

Spokane residents now have three days to leave their cars in front of their homes without risking a parking ticket, after the Spokane City Council loosened parking restrictions Monday night.


Mount Vernon may consider safe parking ordinance for homeless

The Mount Vernon City Council plans to consider an ordinance that would allow those living in their cars to park overnight at participating religious organizations.


The Dirt: Work on fire-damaged parking garage near Sacred hospital slated to start in fall

Demolition and reconstruction work will begin six months after a parking garage near Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center was severely damaged by a fire, according to permits issued by the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Avista plans $1 million parking lot for Catalyst Building

A million-dollar parking lot will be built on East Sprague Avenue, part of Avista Corp.’s work at the south landing of the University District Gateway Bridge, according to city permits.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Work on fire-damaged parking garage slated to start in fall

Demolition and reconstruction work will begin six months after a parking garage near Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center was severely damaged by a fire, according to permits issued by the …


Parking study: Spokane should create “premium” parking zone with meter rates of up to $5 per hour

The Spokane parking study suggestion that may cause the most heartburn among motorists urges the city to increase on-street hourly rates.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

Town OKs steep fines for parking near ‘The Goonies’ house

The Astoria City Council has taken a step toward cracking down on motorists who illegally park near “The Goonies” house.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Getting There: There are more places to park than you probably think

Spokane parking by the numbers


‘Lego’ cells buried beneath West Central sidewalks as part of stormwater project

So-called “Silva Cells,” chambers of fluffy soil and air used to store stormwater, are being constructed with plastic frames beneath several intersections in the historic West Central neighborhood. They’re part …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018

Spokane airport adding 1,300 parking spaces to accommodate growth

Responding to record rapid growth, the Spokane International Airport is expanding its parking by nearly 1,300 spaces.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018

Off-street parking lots waived for some apartment projects in Spokane

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday night to offer an exemption from parking space requirements for some apartment complexes within city limits. The plan was pitched as a way …


Getting There: City eyes ordinance to strip parking requirements in some parts of town

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would do away with parking requirements for developers of apartment buildings and condos in certain parts of town.


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018

Online survey asks downtown Spokane, University District parkers what they want

The results of the survey, which will be available through the end of May, are expected to inform the results of Spokane’s first parking study in more than seven years.


Getting There: City floats plan to phase parking lots out of downtown

12,658: That’s how many parking spaces there are in the city core, about 80 percent of which is off-street parking in privately-owned lots and garages.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017

Parking meter enforcement gets tougher in downtown Spokane

Pay attention to where and when you park, because starting Saturday, the city will begin issuing fines for overstaying the maximum amount of time posted on a meter.


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Pay-for-parking system on Peaceful Valley streets gets put on hold

Residents would be asked to buy a $25 pass, good for the entire summer, to park on two blocks in the historic neighborhood popular with rafters, kayakers and tubers. But …


100 years ago in Spokane: Parking downtown switches from angled to parallel parking

Spokane still was struggling with one of the thorniest issues in the new automobile age: How to provide enough parking. Spokane was launching a new system of parallel parking in …


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

Spokane to get tougher on downtown parking meter limits starting July 1

Enforcement of existing laws that place limits on how long a particular motorist can stay on a certain city block will start July 1. Until then, violators will receive notices …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Spokane signs short-term deal for pay-by-phone parking downtown

After a hiatus that began last month, downtown parkers will once again have access to a pay-by-phone service beginning Tuesday, according to a news release.