Economic Development

Spokane's Slogan

Spokane’s New Logo and Slogan are Perfect by Nature

Metro Spokane is going through a rebranding exercise led by Visit Spokane, our local tourism promotion organization. Because change is a tough business that stimulates questions and speculation, below are the facts behind why Creative by Nature is perfect for […]

Spokane Planner

12 Reasons for Artists, Tech Firms, and Entrepreneurs to Relocate to Spokane

1) Our Downtown is Dope Spokane’s downtown is amongst the healthiest in the nation. It’s not a neglected urban environment of surface parking lots surrounded by tattoo parlors and check cashing services. Nah, we’re better than that, and it’s why […]

Downtown Spokane March 2017

How to Attract Tech Firms to Spokane

Spokane is on the cusp of tapping into deep pools of investment driven primarily by the tech sector and all its tributaries. Based primarily on our proximity to the coast’s big metro tech hubs (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco), our […]

A Minneapolis Bike Share Rack

A Bike Share Plan for Spokane

Bike share programs are a new phenomenon for urban America. There’s different models for different cities but the concept is rapidly growing from metro to metro. Heck, Fargo even has one. About 80 U.S. cities have them, big and small, […]

Sprague Avenue Spokane Under Construction

How to Help Businesses during Street Construction

When trying to identify the more lucent and rational arguments against the beautification of north Monroe, one that stands out is businesses losing customers during construction – a legitimate concern, for certain, and one Spokane City Council, the Mayor’s office, […]

Fellow Coworking Space Spokane

A Few Signs Spokane is Hipper than You Think

We Elected a City Council Person that Grows Pot Everyone around Spokane knows City Councilwoman Karen Stratton grows pot but when Seattle’s hipster indie newspaper published “The Weed Queen of Spokane,” it finally dawned on this totally dense blogger how […]

Football Market Map

Measuring Spokane

Competition to attract growth between American cities is fierce. Economists have written that the game of industry recruitment that cities, counties, and states play is, ultimately, a zero sum game. I’d argue that if you’re on the winning or losing […]

Spokane's Good ol Boys can't even figure out how to help someone who doesn't need it.

8 Characteristics of Old Spokane That Need to Go Away

Spokane has a little hip to it, a little strut in our walk. That something, something that’s hard to put your finger on. There’s real energy out there, creative energy that’s private market, which doesn’t depend on the likes of […]

North Monroe Spokane Construction

A Good Waste of Tax Money

The guy who owns Skippers must be very persuasive because Mayor Condon and City Administrator Theresa Sanders are buckling to his irrational will, and it’s going to cost us about $500k. I wonder, how many potholes can we fill for […]

Riverside Avenue, Spokane

Ingredients That Create the Best Neighborhoods

What Makes the Best Neighborhoods? Like all cities, Spokane has a variety of neighborhoods with varying degrees of magnetism. Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods, like all the Best Neighborhoods, share the same critical elements. This article will identify and define them (in […]

Russell Senate Office Building Hallway

Creating a Competitive Advantage

There are a lot of long and solemn hallways in Washington, DC. How best to navigate them is a learning experience for everyone, particularly elected officials. Annually, our local non-profits and governmental jurisdictions journey to the hallways of DC to […]

North Monroe Spokane

Popcorn Shrimp

The owner of Skippers on north Monroe is leading a rebellion. The city intends to expend about $7 million in streetscape beautification improvements on the street in front of his business and Gary Jarvis doesn’t want the investment, thank you […]

Streets, Good ‘ol Boys, and Bureaucrats

…in a city without seats, a beach chair can be king. Janette Sadik Khan, from her book Streetfight (2016)   In spring of 2016, the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council invited Spokane’s traffic engineer, Bob Turner, to discuss pedestrian safety on Northwest […]

Mark Richard, Spokane

The Guy Who Says It Can’t Be Done

Mark Richard’s Bold Vision —   They’ll always say “It can’t be done.” When government officials, business people, and even some of your own neighbors say it won’t work, what they really mean is “We’ve never done it like this […]

Downtown Spokane Parking Lot

What Economic Development Is, and Who Has the Authority to Do It

Ask your friends what economic development is and you’ll get a variety of different answers. Ask a county commissioner, ask a city council person, ask Vinny down at Dick’s, and you’re going to get different answers to a person. The […]

Spokane Way-Finding Signage - 2016

A Few Cheap and Easy Ways to Improve Spokane

Urban Tactics — The suggestions that follow don’t require years of planning and consensus building; they don’t require marshaling millions of tax dollars, fundraising, or special assessments; and they don’t require tax increases, public hearings, and recommendations for approval from civic […]

Downtown Spokane (5)

Spokane’s Economic Development Environment

Spokane Economic Development — Spokane’s economic development environment is elusive to articulate. Who, in fact, is in charge of it? If a tech firm wants to build their headquarters downtown, who should they talk to first? How about primary jobs, […]

Downtown Spokane (4)

The Case to Increase DSP’s Budget by $4 Million Per Year

The Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) is a private, non-profit agency that manages a roughly $1.5 million annual budget. The bulk of their annual budget is generated from a special Parking and Business Improvement Area tax (otherwise known as a “business […]

Downtown Spokane - Early 2015

The Tail That Wags the Dog

Spokane’s Economic Development Business — Why does Spokane City Council pay the Downtown Spokane Partnership about $100,000 per year to manage another (roughly) $1,000,000 per year in downtown business assessments? No, seriously, this is a poignant question: Why does the […]

White House 2016

Why President Obama Should Come To Spokane

I could use your help motivating President Obama to visit Spokane. In June, 2016, the Spokane Tribe was designated a Promise Zone by the White House. There are 22 Promise Zones in the nation. New Promise Zones have a tradition […]

Inside the Pavilion

What Prosperous 21st Century Cities Do

1) Be the Big City — I suspect we all agree, Spokane has opportunities for improvement. Understanding what we are as a product and acknowledging what we can do to improve it is a big step toward doing just that. […]

Macy's Downtown Spokane

A Tax Increment Analysis for the Macy’s Block

How to Finance Incentives to Stimulate Quality Redevelopment — The City of Spokane has $1,795,000 to partner with a developer to improve the derelict Macy’s block into a premier mixed-use project. The mayor’s office just doesn’t know it yet. Otherwise […]

Downtown Spokane Retail Mix

Of Leakage, Retail Trade Areas, and Losing Downtown Department Stores

The City of Spokane is about to lose its second Costco. The first one closed in the year 2000. Not in the history of downtown development is it a good thing to lose an anchor like Macy’s — alas, downtown’s […]

Macy's Madonna, Spokane

A Redevelopment Plan For Downtown Macy’s

A 10-Step Plan for the old Macy’s Block — Losing a downtown retail anchor like Macy’s isn’t something cities tend to brag about. But, despite the disappointing loss, many see an opportunity to rehabilitate an old building right in the […]

GSI Todd Mielke, the protector of the realm

The Best Magic Act in Town

GSI And The Art Of Illusion — I’m 37. I spent the first 18 years of my life trying to get out of Spokane and the next 18 trying to get back in. This town has a tendency to do […]

Mayor Condon

GSI Ignores Call for Divorce

Ben Stuckart wants to have a legitimate conversation, GSI retorts with puffy talking points On October 23 Council President Ben Stuckart delivered a letter to Christine Johnson, PhD, President of Spokane Community Colleges and Chairwoman of Greater Spokane, Inc. In […]

Spokane Zoning Code

How to Rewrite Spokane’s Zoning Code

…and do it for cheap, and within one year. Ask any developer in town and they’ll tell you Spokane’s zoning code is a mess. Ask any property owner trying to put up a fence, or a shed, or re-landscape their […]

GSI Membership

10 Reasons to Drop Your GSI Membership

There’s a few loose threads on the security blanket that covers Spokane’s economic development environment. Some people have noticed it before, and perhaps even have come so close as to rub the tip of their finger against one. Everybody sees […]

Spokane Economic Development

Grading Spokane’s Economic Development Performance

Economic development theories evolve nearly as quickly as the market. Local economic development organizations, therefore, also must evolve in an effort to consistently be at the forefront of economic development practice. Spokane’s performance toward this end has room for improvement. […]

Spokane Incentives

The Incentives GSI Can’t Give You

(Hint: It’s All of Them) — Throughout the early 2000s up until 2008, a Danish corporation called Vestas was shopping for cities to build a $250 million wind turbine manufacturing facility. With employment of roughly 500 great paying primary jobs […]

Spokane's Best Neighborhoods

9 Ways to Improve Spokane’s Economic Health

Nine Simple Economic Development Strategies to Improve Spokane — Below is a simple economic development plan for the City of Spokane and, indeed, for the metro. A few items on the list may perhaps be challenging to implement. Nonetheless, it’s nothing a […]

The Davenport Grand Hotel

How to Negotiate a Downtown Hotel Deal

Lessons Learned from the Worthy Transaction — Mayor Condon is in a pickle. Like baseball, there are numerous unwritten rules to the economic development game that only experience within the realm can help one follow. Don’t ask me how many […]

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Politics

Northern Quest Kalispel Tribe

The Basic Needs of the Kalispel Tribe

Want to know how much Northern Quest makes annually? It’s a very big number but technically private information that the Kalispel Tribe has no obligation to share with a wider populace. Want to know how many enrolled Kalispel Tribal citizens […]

Spokane's Slogan

Spokane’s New Logo and Slogan are Perfect by Nature

Metro Spokane is going through a rebranding exercise led by Visit Spokane, our local tourism promotion organization. Because change is a tough business that stimulates questions and speculation, below are the facts behind why Creative by Nature is perfect for […]

Downtown Spokane April 2016

Toward a 21st Century Spokane

What do prosperous, modern, mid-sized American metros look like? How do we carve a niche that’s different from our competitors? How does a mid-sized city like Spokane distinguish itself from the pack, be unique, be something that others are not? […]

Spokane's Good ol Boys can't even figure out how to help someone who doesn't need it.

8 Characteristics of Old Spokane That Need to Go Away

Spokane has a little hip to it, a little strut in our walk. That something, something that’s hard to put your finger on. There’s real energy out there, creative energy that’s private market, which doesn’t depend on the likes of […]

How to Be Mayor

What Good Mayors Do

How to Be Mayor — A city’s mayor is its chief garbage person, pothole filler, sewer cleaner, and public safety officer. It’s a dirty job that requires pragmatism, coalition building, common sense, and leadership. If you were to ask Benjamin […]

GSI Todd Mielke, the protector of the realm

The Phantom Hunter

The clown in the gutter. The woman with a red scarf. The little boy hitch-hiking by a cemetery. That something under your bed. The casino that’s going to close an air force base. It gives me shivers all over. All […]

Mayor Condon

Here’s How To Recall Mayor Condon (just in case you’re wondering)

Mayor Condon’s shenanigans of late appear to merit exploration of a recall campaign. Here’s the process to get it done (just in case you’re wondering). In the City of Spokane, there are two possible processes to recall the mayor. The first […]

Steve Salvatori

The View From Inside the Box

In Response to My Friend Steve Salvatori — Below you will find a facebook exchange between former Spokane City Council person Steve Salvatori and SpokanePlanner. Steve was fired-up based on a post SpokanePlanner published titled “How to Weaken Spokane’s Good ol’ Boy […]

Economic Development

How to Weaken Spokane’s Good ol’ Boy Culture

Ever wonder why Greater Spokane, Inc., and the Downtown Spokane Partnership hired former county commissioners to run their respective shops? It’s because core knowledge, skills, and experience within the realm of economic development matters little. Nope, in the Spokane game, […]

Mayor Condon

Mayor Condon’s Biggest Blunders

Four years ago Mayor David Condon swept into city hall aiming to instill a degree of business savvy and trim some fat from local government. The youngest of a large family of boys was now in a position to prove […]

Mayor Condon

The Loneliest Floor in City Hall

The seventh floor of City Hall is an increasingly lonely place. How did Mayor Condon get into this mess? He’s neck-deep in scandal with his head corked-back just trying keep his nose above water. Like an episode of Lost, the […]

Kiemle and Hagood

The Fallacies Money Can Buy

The Gateway to Old Spokane —  There’s a room in the office building Greater Spokane, Inc., calls home with a plaque outside its doorway. A lot of people walk by it on their way into meetings. GSI’s primary corporate conference […]

Spokane Zoning Code

How to Rewrite Spokane’s Zoning Code

…and do it for cheap, and within one year. Ask any developer in town and they’ll tell you Spokane’s zoning code is a mess. Ask any property owner trying to put up a fence, or a shed, or re-landscape their […]

Riverfront Park, June 2015

5 Ways to Improve Spokane

It’s All About Fundamentals — Below is a list of five things Spokane can do to improve basic services.   Master the Basics There are vast swaths of Spokane – entire neighborhoods – that desperately need just the basics. It […]

Spokane Politics

Exploring Spokane’s Political Class

Exploring Spokane’s Political Class – There are precious few reasons why Spokane should not be considered one of the premier cities in the nation, and recognized throughout as such—a magnet for innovative, entrepreneurial individuals seeking a higher quality of life […]

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Deep Reads

Mark Richard, Spokane

The Guy Who Says It Can’t Be Done

Mark Richard’s Bold Vision —   They’ll always say “It can’t be done.” When government officials, business people, and even some of your own neighbors say it won’t work, what they really mean is “We’ve never done it like this […]

Downtown Spokane (5)

Spokane’s Economic Development Environment

Spokane Economic Development — Spokane’s economic development environment is elusive to articulate. Who, in fact, is in charge of it? If a tech firm wants to build their headquarters downtown, who should they talk to first? How about primary jobs, […]

Steve Salvatori

The View From Inside the Box

In Response to My Friend Steve Salvatori — Below you will find a facebook exchange between former Spokane City Council person Steve Salvatori and SpokanePlanner. Steve was fired-up based on a post SpokanePlanner published titled “How to Weaken Spokane’s Good ol’ Boy […]

Downtown Spokane Retail Mix

Of Leakage, Retail Trade Areas, and Losing Downtown Department Stores

The City of Spokane is about to lose its second Costco. The first one closed in the year 2000. Not in the history of downtown development is it a good thing to lose an anchor like Macy’s — alas, downtown’s […]

Kiemle and Hagood

The Fallacies Money Can Buy

The Gateway to Old Spokane —  There’s a room in the office building Greater Spokane, Inc., calls home with a plaque outside its doorway. A lot of people walk by it on their way into meetings. GSI’s primary corporate conference […]

BEA Trading Areas

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle – The Boise State University football program has a lot in common with Gonzaga University men’s basketball program. Both programs suffered from decades of quiet, mediocre teams before bursting into the national sports psyche forcing east-coast-biased pundits […]

Pacific Street, Spokane

Ever Pubescent Spokane

Ever Pubescent Spokane – Let’s begin our journey by developing an understanding of Spokane as a product. Ask different people and they’ll have different perspectives on how best to market the metro. Understandably, “Near Nature, Near Perfect” was a logical choice for a […]

Spokane Politics

Exploring Spokane’s Political Class

Exploring Spokane’s Political Class – There are precious few reasons why Spokane should not be considered one of the premier cities in the nation, and recognized throughout as such—a magnet for innovative, entrepreneurial individuals seeking a higher quality of life […]

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Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods

Lower South Hill, Spokane

#12 Lower South Hill

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 7 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $200,000 Rental: Around $650 Housing Density: Moderate – mix of single family and multi-family. Mixed Use Rating: Good, due to proximity to downtown. Narrative The […]

Garland Neighborhood, Spokane

#11 Garland Neighborhood

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 6 Predominant Housing Prices:  Ownership: Around $150,000 Rental: Around $650 Housing Density: Mostly single family homes with spots of multi-family complexes. Mixed Use Rating: Good Narrative The Garland Neighborhood is anchored by […]

Peaceful Valley Spokane

#10 Peaceful Valley

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 8 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $175,000 Rentals: About $650 Housing Density: Light, mostly single family Mixed Use Rating: Good, due to its proximity to downtown Narrative Peaceful Valley is located […]

Corbin Park Neighborhood Spokane

#9 Corbin Park Neighborhood

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 5 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $200,000 Rentals: About $650 Housing Density: Low, mostly single family Mixed Use Rating: About Average Narrative Many characterize the Corbin Park Neighborhood as an island […]

University District Spokane

#8 University District

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 9 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $150,000 Rentals: About $500 Housing Density: Moderate in most places Mixed Use Rating: Good Narrative The University District is a relatively new phenomenon within Spokane. […]

The Flying Goat Spokane

#7 Audubon-Downriver

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 7 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $200,000 Rentals: About $900 Housing Density: Single Family Mixed Use Rating: Fair Narrative One could easily make the argument that the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood is actually two […]

Lower Lincoln Park Spokane

#6 Lincoln Park / Altamont

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 5 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $300,000 Rental: Around $1,200 Housing Density: Low, mostly single family Mixed Use Rating: Poor Narrative The Lincoln Park-Altamont Neighborhood represent the other side of the South […]

Perry Street Spokane

#5 South Perry Neighborhood

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 9 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $225,000 Rentals: Around $1,000 Housing Density: Moderate Mixed Use Rating: Good Narrative It wasn’t too long ago when the South Perry Neighborhood had a less than […]

West Central-Kendall Yards, Spokane

#4 West Central / Kendall Yards

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 9 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $100,000 to $500,000 Rentals: About $500 to $2,000 Housing Density: Moderate in most places Mixed Use Rating: Good Narrative The West Central Neighborhood is undergoing […]

Downtown Spokane Sunset

#3 Downtown

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 10 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $300,000 Rentals: Around $1,000 but with much variance Housing Density: High Mixed Use Rating: Nearly Perfect Narrative From a planning and economic development perspective, there […]

Olmsted Pocket Parks

#2 The South Hill

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 6 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $300,000 but with much variance Rentals: Around $1,000 but with much variance Housing Density: Low Mixed Use Rating: Fair Narrative How does one define and […]

Brownes Addition Spokane

#1 Browne’s Addition

Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 10 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $300,000 but with much variance Rentals: Around $600 but with much variance Housing Density: Moderate Mixed Use Rating: Perfect Narrative There’s a group of hoity-toity […]

Spokane East Main Sidewalk

Sidewalks

The City of Spokane is exploring ways to fund sidewalk repairs and perhaps even new sidewalks in neighborhoods that don’t have them. Plans are being discussed and city employees are administering what is, to say the least, a significant project. […]

Riverside Avenue, Spokane

Ingredients That Create the Best Neighborhoods

What Makes the Best Neighborhoods? Like all cities, Spokane has a variety of neighborhoods with varying degrees of magnetism. Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods, like all the Best Neighborhoods, share the same critical elements. This article will identify and define them (in […]

Spokane Way-Finding Signage - 2016

A Few Cheap and Easy Ways to Improve Spokane

Urban Tactics — The suggestions that follow don’t require years of planning and consensus building; they don’t require marshaling millions of tax dollars, fundraising, or special assessments; and they don’t require tax increases, public hearings, and recommendations for approval from civic […]

Riverfront Park in Spokane has great trees.

Arborescence

That was a hell of a windstorm back in November. Gathering reports from various local news outlets, it’s estimated that the City of Spokane lost between 1,200 and 1,600 mature trees due to the storm. We also learned that the […]

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Spokane’s Best Parks

Mission Park Spokane

#11 Mission Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Mission Park squeezes a whole lot of amenities into 13 simple acres of flat, tree-lined greens. The Park is the recreational anchor of the historic Logan Neighborhood. Located only a few blocks from Gonzaga University, Mission […]

Corbin Park Spokane

#10 Corbin Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Corbin Park is a former horse-racing oval that now offers a green oasis on the lower north side of Spokane. How cool is Corbin Park? The park was designed in 1916 by the Olmsted brothers whose […]

Audubon Park Spokane

#9 Audubon Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Audubon Park is 27 acres of rolling Ponderosa Pines, playgrounds, splash pads, ball fields and basketball courts. Located in northwest Spokane, Audubon Park anchors one of the quaintest neighborhoods in town. Acreage and playground space in […]

Comstock Park, Spokane

#8 Comstock Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Comstock Park is similar in almost every way to Audubon Park (the 9th best park in Spokane) except for one significant factor, instead of a simple splash pad, Comstock has a full-blown pool and aquatics area. […]

Cannon Hill Park Spokane

#7 Cannon Hill Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Cannon Hill Park is perhaps the most picturesque in Spokane. Meandering meadows, stone-built footbridges, and a rich canopy of deciduous trees create a scene fit a for a  La Grande Jatte painting. If Manito Park is […]

Finch Arboretum

#6 Finch Arboretum

Spokane’s Best Parks – Finch Arboretum may be the most unique on the list of Spokane’s Best Parks, and is the first park on the list that provides a landscape more diverse than simple greens with a playground or two. […]

Cliff Park

#5 Cliff Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Cliff Park is brilliant in its simplicity yet unique in many ways. Clocking in at the 5th spot on Spokane’s Best Parks list, it’s also the smallest of the bunch (only 4.2 acres). Cliff Park’s center […]

Liberty Park Pool Spokane

#4 Liberty Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Liberty Park is the 4th best park in Spokane for good reason. It’s the first park on the list that begins to incorporate larger acreages and more dynamic changes as you explore different spaces within it. […]

Upper Lincoln Park Spokane

#3 Lincoln Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – In lesser cities, Lincoln Park would be considered the crème-de-le-crème of the park system but, in Spokane, it is ranked third on the list of Spokane’s Best Parks. Bisected in half by a steep bluff that, […]

Manito Park Duncan Gardens Spokane

#2 Manito Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Manito Park is so big and diverse, you’re gonna’ need a map. The heart of Spokane’s South Hill, it’s a tough call placing Manito at number two on Spokane’s Best Parks list. It’s more than just […]

Classic Spokane

#1 Riverfront Park

Spokane’s Best Parks – Riverfront Park is Spokane’s best park. It’s all about the waterfalls, which are aplenty, and provide for one of the most unique urban destinations in the world. How many major metros can boast waterfalls ripping through […]

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About SpokanePlanner

SpokanePlanner is written and managed by a professional Urban Planner with the intent to highlight both the best and most challenging aspects of urban Spokane. What you get is an honest perspective from a home-grown expert.

First Impressions of Spokane

It surprises you. You fly over ragged shacks, spruce trees and barren fields on your way into Spokane, a city that's difficult to reach from most major metros with a direct flight. And then you land and realize you've been tricked. You step outside to walk along the sun-kissed Spokane River during an unseasonably warm afternoon -- past Riverfront Park -- and then you're enthralled by the glory of the Spokane Falls. The Native American tribes that discovered this plot called it "Stluputqu," which means "swift water." You stand on a bridge above the bubbling falls and its mist tickles your eyebrows and your fancy. The snow-capped peaks of Mount Spokane wink at you from afar as the cloud cover wallows above. Who knew Spokane, Washington, packed this splendor?
Myron Metcalf -- ESPN writer, when he was in town to interview coach Mark Few (Gonzaga)

Spokane Pictures (Need one? Help yourself!)

Downtown Spokane Sunset

Spokane’s Most Photogenic Images

Capturing The Essence Of Urban Spokane — These are the pictures that shape Spokane’s urban image, our best face.   The View from Cliff Drive   Gondolas from Post Street Bridge   View of the Falls from Monroe Street Bridge […]

Another View of Spokane's Clock Tower

Another View of Spokane’s Clock Tower

Spokane’s Clock Tower is taller than most trees in Riverfront Park. It stands 155 feet tall. May, 2011.

Spokane's Clock Tower

Spokane’s Clock Tower

Up close and personal with Spokane’s Clock Tower, located in Riverfront Park. It stands 155 feet tall. May, 2011.

Riverfront Park Spokane

Speed Limit 5mph

Mind your kids along the trails in Riverfront Park. A child can sprint well faster than 5-mph. I wonder if anyone has ever gotten a ticket? May, 2011.

Riverfront Park Centennial Trail

A Great Place to Skate

The Centennial Trail through Riverfront Park is wide and inviting. May, 2011.

Spokane Performing Arts Theater

Spokane Opera House (Part II)

Spokane’s opera house directly abuts the Spokane River and Riverfront Park downtown. May, 2011.

Spokane Opera House

Spokane Opera House

The Spokane Opera House opened for Expo 1974. It’s 2,700 seat capacity hosts the metro’s top-tier performing arts tours. May, 2011. 

Spokane Imax Theater

Spokane Imax Theater

The Imax Theater in Riverfront Park was constructed for Expo 1974. As of this post (October, 2016), the Imax is slated for demolition to construct park improvements via a $64-million bond issuance approved by voters in 2014. This photo was taken in May, […]

Spokane Upper Falls North Wing

North Fork Spokane Falls

Canada Island splits the Spokane River at the upper falls. This is the fork to the north of Canada Island. May, 2011.

Spokane Falls

Spokane Upper Falls Looking Downstream

The view looking downstream from Spokane Falls upper drop. May, 2011.

Spokane Upper Falls

Spokane Falls Upper Drop

The upper drop of Spokane Falls is easy to view from all the footbridges that span it. May, 2011.

Spokane Falls, Spokane

Spokane Falls Main Drop (Part II)

This photo was taken in May, 2011, with the late spring water still robust. Water volume over Spokane Falls tends to peak in early April.

Up Close and Personal With Spokane Falls, Part Deux

Spokane Falls Main Drop

From the viewing stairs in Huntington Park below City Hall you can get up close and personal with the main drop of Spokane Falls. May, 2011.

The Viewing Stairs Of The Lower Spokane Falls

The Viewing Stairs Of The Lower Spokane Falls

This is the best stair case in the world, and it can be found just below City Hall in Spokane. May, 2011.

Don't Try and Raft These Bad-Boys

Class 5 Plus

This picture shows the start of a wild ride down stream. It’s merely a spectator sport on the Spokane Falls. May, 2011.

Spokane Waterfalls

That’s A Lonely Tree

This little guy must feel pretty lonely when high water comes. He can be found from a perch atop Canada Island. May, 2011.

Spokane Gondola Rides over the Falls

Spokane Gondola Rides over the Falls

There is no better view of Spokane’s waterfalls than from a gondola ride over them. Try to catch the Falls in early April or so, that’s when the run-off from winter snows is peaking. It’s a hell of a show. […]

Monroe Street Bridge from Post Street

Monroe Street Bridge from Post Street

The Spokane River drops something north of 60-feet through downtown Spokane — the second largest urban waterfall system in America (next to Niagara). The final and most significant drop is pictured here while standing atop the Post Street Bridge. May, […]

Monroe Street Bridge above Spokane Falls

Monroe Street Bridge above Spokane Falls

Monroe Street Bridge is one of Spokane’s most iconic structures, and it just so happens to span the main drop of Spokane’s waterfalls. May, 2011.

Gondolas Beneath Monroe Street Bridge

Gondolas Beneath Monroe Street Bridge

The best way to see Spokane Falls is via a sky-ride over them. Our gondola line was built for Expo 1974 and remains one of Spokane’s most unique attractions. May, 2011. 

More Kiddie Rides in Riverfront Park

More Kiddie Rides in Riverfront Park

There are a lot of kiddie rides in Riverfront Park. Here’s a few of them. May, 2011.

The Ferris Wheel in Riverfront Park

The Ferris Wheel in Riverfront Park

The Ferris Wheel next to the Pavilion in Riverfront Park, Spokane. May, 2011.

Another View of the Tour Train in Riverfront Park

Another View of the Tour Train in Riverfront Park

…just another view of the tour train in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

The Tour Train in Riverfront Park

The Tour Train in Riverfront Park

This little guy will take you around most of Riverfront Park’s roughly 100 acres. May, 2011.

Another View of the Looff Carrousel

Another View of the Looff Carrousel

The view looking easterly at the Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

Looff Carrousel Spokane

Looff Carrousel Spokane

Spokane’s Looff Carrousel was built in 1909. Today, it’s considered a work of art from multiple perspectives — mechanically, wood working, colors. It can be found in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

Inside Spokane's Looff Carrousel

Inside Spokane’s Looff Carrousel

The view from inside inside Spokane’s Looff Carrousel. May, 2011.

Kids' Games Beneath the Pavilion

Kids’ Games Beneath the Pavilion

Kids love all the joy-rides beneath the Pavilion in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

Beneath the Pavilion

Beneath the Pavilion

The Pavilion in Riverfront Park was a big tent structure for Expo 1974 activities. Locals joke that Seattle got the Space Needle, and Spokane got a big tent. May, 2011.

The Pavilion at Riverfront Park

The Pavilion at Riverfront Park

A nice view of the Pavilion at Riverfront Park. It was originally built as a tent for Expo 1974. May, 2011.

The Shops Beneath the Pavilion

The Shops Beneath the Pavilion

The shops beneath the Pavilion in Riverfront Park provide access to the IMAX and additional kids activities. May, 2011.

Inside the Pavilion

Inside the Pavilion

The view from inside the Pavilion at Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

Spokane Opera House and Clock Tower

Opera House and Clock Tower

Locals refer to the diagonalled INB Performing Arts Center by its given name — the Opera House. Both the Opera House and the Clock Tower are in Riverfront Park, downtown. May, 2011.

Washington Water Power and Post Street Bridge

Washington Water Power and Post Street Bridge

The big, brick Washington Water Power building, located in downtown Spokane, collects energy from the Spokane River. May, 2011.

The Pavilion, Imax, and Clock Tower

The Pavilion, Clock Tower, and Imax

Artifacts of Expo 1974, the Pavilion, Imax, and Clock Tower. May, 2011.

Footbridge Across the Falls

Footbridge Across the Falls

One of the many footbridges in Riverfront Park. This one places you directly above the upper Falls. May, 2011.

The View from Canada Island

The View from Canada Island

The view of the upper Spokane Falls from Canada Island in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

Upper Falls Power Plant

Upper Falls Power Plant

The Upper Falls Power Plant harnesses the flow from the upper Spokane Falls in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

Monroe Street Bridge

Monroe Street Bridge

A great view of the Monroe Street Bridge that gives perspective of the drop of the Spokane Falls. May, 2011.

Washington Water Power

Washington Water Power

The old Washington Water Power plant is still operational as it catches power from Spokane Falls. May, 2011.

The Falls Surrounding Canada Island

The Falls Surrounding Canada Island

When the Spokane River crests at high-flow, the footbridges around Canada Island in Riverfront Park are a perfect place to enjoy the show. May, 2011. 

Main Drop of Spokane Falls

Main Drop of Spokane Falls

A close-up view of the main drop of Spokane Falls. May, 2011.

Greater Kalispel, Inc

Diverging Washington and Stevens

These dual bridges across the Spokane River look pretty cool atop a perch in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.

The Boulevard on Riverside Avenue

The Boulevard on Riverside Avenue

The boulevard on Riverside Avenue. March, 2011.

Art Over the Falls

Art Over the Falls

This statue (title and artist unknown) provides a great vantage point overlooking the main drop of Spokane Falls and a panoramic view of Downtown Spokane. It’s located in Riverfront Park. March, 2011.

Riverside Avenue in March

Riverside Avenue in March

…it looks a lot better with leaves on the trees and green grass. March, 2011.

Bloomsday Runner Statues

Bloomsday Runner Statues

The Bloomsday runner statues (formally titled “The Joy of Running Together”) was installed in 1985 to commemorate Spokane’s popular 12k timed footrace. The artist is David Govedare. March, 2011.

Lourdes Cathedral, Downtown

Lourdes Cathedral, Downtown

Lourdes Cathedral is the seat of Bishop, as well as some of the finest architecture in town. March, 2011.

Cliff Drive Panorama Northeasterly View

Cliff Drive Panorama Northeasterly View

The view looking northeasterly from Cliff Drive overlook. March, 2011.

Cliff Drive Panorama North View

Cliff Drive Panorama North View

The view looking due north from Cliff Drive overlook. March, 2011.

Cliff Drive Panorama North-Northwesterly View

Cliff Drive Panorama North-Northwesterly View

The view looking north-northwesterly from Cliff Drive overlook. March, 2011.

Cliff Drive Panorama Northwesterly View

Cliff Drive Panorama Northwesterly View

The view looking northwesterly from Cliff Drive overlook. That’s Sacred Heart Hospital. March, 2011.

Cliff Drive Panorama West View

Cliff Drive Panorama West View

The view looking west from Cliff Drive overlook. March, 2011.

The Edge of Monroe Street Bridge

The Edge of Monroe Street Bridge

The view from street level at the edge of the Monroe Street Bridge. March, 2011.

Spokane Falls from Monroe Street Bridge

Spokane Falls from Monroe Street Bridge

The view of Spokane Falls from the Monroe Street Bridge. March, 2011.

Riverside Ave and the Masonic Temple

Riverside Avenue and the Masonic Temple

There’s a stretch of Riverside Avenue between about Monroe Street and 1st Avenue that creates a great street. This is part it. March, 2011.

Masonic Temple Looking East

Masonic Temple Looking East

The iconic Masonic Temple looking east down Riverside Avenue. In 2014, development plans were unveiled to redevelop the structure into a mixed-use project. March, 2011.

Masonic Temple Looking West

Masonic Temple Looking West

The Masonic Temple is one of Spokane’s most iconic historic landmarks. March, 2011.

Riverside Avenue Sidewalk

Riverside Avenue Sidewalk

This sidewalk adjacent to the Masonic Temple on Riverside Avenue is a slice of one of the best urban environments in Spokane. March, 2011.

Condos Along the Spokane River

Condos Along the Spokane River

These condos along the Spokane River have one of the best views in town. Downtown could use a few more projects like this. March. 2011.

Footbridges to Canada Island

Footbridges to Canada Island

These footbridges criss-cross the Spokane River throughout Riverfront Park. March, 2011.

Canada Island

Canada Island

Canada Island in Riverfront Park is a giant basalt outcrop that splits the Spokane River as it drops through Downtown. March, 2011.

Old Huntington Park

Old Huntington Park

The view of old Huntington Park from the Monroe Street Bridge. The land is now improved and beautified to provide a better viewing experience of the waterfalls. That white building in the background is Spokane City Hall. March, 2011.

Gondolas at Old Huntington Park

Gondolas at Old Huntington Park

A view of old Huntington Park before the land was beautified into an improved gathering and viewing location of Spokane Falls. March, 2011.

Gondolas Over Spokane Falls

Gondolas over Spokane Falls

Not too many cities have water falls roaring through their downtown. Not too many cities offer gondola rides just above them. Spokane’s pretty dope. March, 2011.

Spokane Falls Blvd.

Spokane Falls Boulevard Sidewalk

The sidewalk along Spokane Falls Boulevard near River Park Square. March, 2011.

Outside the Apple Store

Outside the Apple Store

Outside the Apple Store on Main Avenue, Downtown. March, 2011.

Sidewalk Along Main Avenue

Sidewalk Along Main Avenue

Main Avenue is the chicest retail destination in Spokane, particularly near River Park Square. An area’s retail mix says a lot about the market it caters to. Downtown Spokane caters to a pretty healthy market. March, 2011.

Wall Street Skywalks, Spokane

Wall Street Skywalks

There’s a lot of skywalks in Downtown Spokane. Here’s three of them over Wall Street. March, 2011.

Outside River Park Square

Outside River Park Square

The sidewalk outside the main entry to River Park Square. March, 2011.

Wall Street, Spokane

Wall Street Looking South

Another view of Wall Street this time looking south. March, 2011.

Mt. Spokane

Mt. Spokane from Cliff Drive

The view of Mt. Spokane from Cliff Drive — the South Hill’s most popular make-out spot. That’s the University District in the foreground. March, 2011.

Wall Street Looking North

Wall Street Looking North

Wall Street in Downtown Spokane was refurbished as a pedestrian mall in the 1990s. June, 2004. 

Gateway to Riverfront Park

Gateway into Riverfront Park

The gateway into Riverfront Park from Spokane Falls Boulevard. June, 2004.

Howard Street Looking South

Howard Street Looking South

The view of Howard Street looking south in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.

The Old Fountain by the Parkade

The Old Fountain by the Parkade

In Canada, they call parking garages parkades. For a time, that’s what they called them in Spokane, too. This is the plaza behind Spokane’s historic parkade. June, 2004.

Riverside Avenue, Spokane

Eastbound Riverside Avenue

Riverside Avenue was once a hotbed for late night cruising in Downtown Spokane. Although the trend has died off for about two decades, word is it’s starting to make a comeback.

Post Street Downtown

Post Street Downtown

A view looking south along Post Street, Downtown. June, 2004.

Quiet Downtown Bistro

Quiet Downtown Bistro

This quiet Downtown setting was once an alleyway. Now, it’s a nice place to sip an espresso. June, 2004.

Back-Alley Spokane

Back-Alley Spokane

You want some nice pictures, or are you the holy type? Just a random back-alley in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.

Spokesman Review Building Spokane

Spokesman Review from Riverside Avenue

The protruding and curve-linear Spokesman Review Building is one of Spokane’s best architectural landmarks. June, 2004.

Riverside Avenue

Riverside Avenue Looking East

Riverside Avenue looking east in June, 2004.

Main Street Spokane

Main Avenue

Main Avenue in June, 2004, looking westerly. The building on the right is Macy’s.

Pyramid Fountains

Pyramid Fountains

This great wide sidewalk is on Spokane Falls Boulevard adjacent to Riverfront Park. That old brick pyramid fountain has since been removed. June, 2004.

Downtown Spiral Staircases

Downtown Spiral Staircases

At the date this picture was taken, Downtown had three spiral staircases leading up to its skywalk system (the third being just off picture left). One of them has since been demolished to make way for a real estate investment, […]

Riverfront Park Kids Rides

Riverfront Park Kids’ Rides

During the summer months, kids’ activities dominate the space beneath the Pavilion in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.

Beneath the Pavilion

Beneath the Pavilion

The Pavilion in Riverfront Park hosts a multitude of activities beneath it. It was constructed for Expo 1974. June, 2004.

Spokane Smokestacks

Spokane Smokestacks

These twin smokestacks are a prominent part of Spokane’s skyline. Once an operating steam plant that provided heat for the bulk of downtown, the operation was abandoned several decades back and the structure remained vacant and dilapidated until local developers […]

Spokane's Tallest Buildings

Spokane’s Tallest Buildings

These are Spokane’s two tallest buildings. The white one clocks in at about 24 stories (243 feet), while the grey one clocks in at about 29 stories (288). Both were built and completed in the early 80s. Photo taken June, […]

Spokesman Review Building Lourdes Cathedral

Riverside Toward Lourdes

With the right vantage point down Riverside Avenue, one can capture two of Spokane’s most iconic structures: the Spokesman Review Building and Lourdes Cathedral. June, 2004.

Historic Davenport Hotel

Historic Davenport Hotel

The Davenport Hotel from Sprague Avenue. June, 2004.

Davenport Hotel, Spokane

Davenport Hotel

The Davenport Hotel from Riverside Avenue. June, 2004.

Davenport Hotel

Davenport Hotel Sidewalk

Judging by this streetscape, the Davenport Hotel spares no details. June, 2004.

Historic Downtown Spokane

Just a Wee Little Guy

That little building must be original, huh? June, 2004.

Low Flow Spokane River

Low Flow Spokane River

This June, 2004, picture illustrates well how low the Spokane River runs in high summer.

Nordstrom and River Park Square

Nordstrom and River Park Square

Most downtowns don’t have a Nordstrom. But most downtowns aren’t Downtown Spokane. June, 2004. 

Spokane River Just East of Riverfront Park

Spokane River Near Downtown

A placid June, 2004, day on the Spokane River just east of Riverfront Park, Downtown.

Coeur d'Alene Park, Spokane

Coeur d’Alene Park

Coeur d’Alene Park is the natural heart and soul of Browne’s Addition. June, 2004.

Pacific and Cannon, Brown's Addition

Pacific and Cannon

The intersection of Pacific and Cannon is the commercial heart and soul of Browne’s Addition. June, 2004.

Manito Duck Pond

Manito Duck Pond

The Manito Duck Pond (in Manito Park) was once a popular place to feed the ducks but overfeeding has led to contamination of the pond (seen in this June, 2004 picture). Now, the City has prohibited feeding and has plans […]

Steps Outside Spokane Opera House

Steps Outside Spokane Opera House

The steps outside Spokane’s Opera House along the Spokane River. June, 2004.

Riverfront Park Red Wagon

Red Wagon Slide

This over-sized Radio Flyer is a popular play area in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.

Looff Carrousel Spokane

Looff Carrousel, Spokane

The old Looff Carrousel in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.

Centennial Trail, Riverfront Park

Centennial Trail, Riverfront Park

The Centennial Trail is a 40+ mile long pathway that stretches from Coeur d’Alene through Spokane. This stretch of the Centennial Trail in Riverfront Park is wide and inviting. June, 2004.

Downtown Spokane (5)

Downtown Spokane from Riverfront Park

Downtown Spokane from Riverfront Park. June, 2004.

Spokane Expo 1974 Art

Spokane Expo 1974 Art

What is that thing? This art piece was installed for Expo 1974 outside the Opera House. June, 2004.

Downtown Spokane (4)

Sidewalk Outside River Park Square

The sidewalk view outside of River Park Square. Downtown Spokane, June, 2004.

Dicks Hamburgers Sign, Spokane

Dicks Hamburgers Sign

Dicks Hamburgers is a classic Spokane burger joint located on the fringe of Downtown. June, 2004.

Steps Along the Spokane River

Steps Along the Spokane River

Steps along the Spokane River adjacent to the Opera House. June, 2004.

Old YMCA Building, Spokane

Old YMCA Building

The old YMCA building in Riverfront Park was demolished in 2011. This picture was taken in June, 2004.

South Hill from Downtown

South Bound from Downtown

Looking toward the South Hill from Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.

Spokane's Best Neighborhoods

The Lusso Block, Downtown Spokane

Historic and modern architecture in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.

Riverfront Park Viewing Dock

Riverfront Park Viewing Dock

A lovely day to read a book along the Spokane River in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.

Pavilion and Clock Tower, Spokane

Classic Spokane

Spokane’s most classic urban scene — Downtown’s Pavilion and Clock Tower in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.

Spokane Opera House

Spokane Opera House

The sleek and modern Spokane Opera House along the Spokane River, Downtown. June, 2004.

Spokane County Courthouse

Spokane County Courthouse

Looks pretty dope. The Spokane County Courthouse, November, 2003.

Spokesman Review Building

Spokesman Review Building

The Burnham-esque Spokesman Review building on a rainy day in November, 2003.

Spokane River George Shacks

Spokane River George Shanties

Spokane River George beach-front property is now coveted. Not along ago, no one really cared to live there. November, 2003.

Spokane River George

Spokane River George

The Olmsted Brothers have a vision for this place — the Spokane River George looking west from the Monroe Street Bridge, Downtown. November, 2003.

Kendall Yards, 2003

Old Kendall Yards

Once known as Felony Flats, it’s in these fields above the Spokane River and adjacent to Downtown that Kendall Yards is being developed (and they are fields no longer). November, 2003.

Monroe Street Statues

Monroe Street Statues

Do you see the statue in the background? It’s just like the one in the foreground. These two gentlemen can be found on Monroe Street and Main Avenue, Downtown. November, 2003.

Low Water Spokane River

Spokane River Low Water

In late fall, even after the rains set in, the Spokane River is at it’s lowest flow of the year, as seen in this November, 2003 photo. The natural area on the right has since been converted into a park.

Rockwood Mansions

Rockwood Mansions

A couple of mansions perched atop the hill on Rockwood Boulevard in Spokane. November, 2003.

Rainy Downtown Spokane

Rainy Downtown Spokane

The skywalks come in pretty handy on those chilly wet winter days in Downtown Spokane. November, 2003.

Wet November Day, Spokane

Dreary Spokane

Being 90 miles from Canada, there are times when Spokane can be somewhat of a dreary place. This is one of them. November, 2003.

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