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 […]
From time to time projects arise that shine a spotlight on Spokane’s dysfunctional economic development environment. The last time the spotlight shone brightly was during Amazon’s HQ2 process. Now it’s shining again because there’s this new cool thing called Opportunity […]
City planning is a field far-flung from architecture. It is mystifying to think that architects are more qualified to plan cities than, say, geographers, sociologists, or even civil engineers. Architecture is a peculiar field because it represents the marriage between […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 7 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $220,000 Rental: Around $750 Housing Density: Moderate – mix of single family and multi-family. Mixed Use Rating: Fair, due to proximity to downtown. Lower South […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 6 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $160,000 Rental: Around $850 Housing Density: Mostly single family homes with spots of multi-family complexes. Mixed Use Rating: Good Garland Neighborhood Description The Garland Neighborhood […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 7 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $200,000 Rentals: About $800 Housing Density: Light, mostly single family Mixed Use Rating: Good, due to its proximity to downtown Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Description Peaceful […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 4 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $225,000 Rentals: About $900 Housing Density: Low, mostly single family Mixed Use Rating: Fair with walkable access to strip malls on Division Street Corbin Park […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 9 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $150,000 Rentals: About $600 Housing Density: Moderate in most places Mixed Use Rating: Good University District Neighborhood Description The University District is a relatively […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 6 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: About $200,000 Rentals: About $900 Housing Density: Single Family Mixed Use Rating: Above Average Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Description One could easily make the argument that the Audubon-Downriver […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 4 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $300,000 Rental: Around $1,500 Housing Density: Single Family Mixed Use Rating: Poor Lincoln Park-Altamont Neighborhood Description The Lincoln Park-Altamont Neighborhood represent the other side of the South […]
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 South Perry Neighborhood Description It wasn’t too long ago when the South Perry Neighborhood […]
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 West Central / Kendall Yards Neighborhood […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 10 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $500,000+ Rentals: Around $1,000 but with much variance Housing Density: High Mixed Use Rating: Nearly Perfect Downtown Spokane Neighborhood Description From a planning and […]
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 South Hill Neighborhood Description How […]
Spokane’s Best Neighborhoods – Hipster Rating (out of 10): 10 Predominant Housing Prices: Ownership: Around $300,000 but with much variance Rentals: Around $650 but with much variance Housing Density: Moderate Mixed Use Rating: Perfect Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Description There’s […]
Depending upon who you talk to, Spokane is either very close to or very far from connecting with the main stream tech economy. No matter your position on the topic, there are several tech-related economic development projects either in the […]
“We don’t want to be Seattle,” say the naysayers who tend to be the same people against transit initiatives, walkability, and neighborhood revitalization efforts. We don’t want to be Seattle is one of those canaries for those who fear change […]
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Spokane’s Clock Tower is taller than most trees in Riverfront Park. It stands 155 feet tall. May, 2011.
Up close and personal with Spokane’s Clock Tower, located in Riverfront Park. It stands 155 feet tall. May, 2011.
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.
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 is one of Spokane’s most iconic structures, and it just so happens to span the main drop of Spokane’s waterfalls. May, 2011.
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. […]
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 […]
There are a lot of kiddie rides in Riverfront Park. Here’s a few of them. May, 2011.
The Ferris Wheel next to the Pavilion in Riverfront Park, Spokane. May, 2011.
…just another view of the tour train in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
This little guy will take you around most of Riverfront Park’s roughly 100 acres. May, 2011.
The view looking easterly at the Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
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.
The view from inside inside Spokane’s Looff Carrousel. May, 2011.
The shops beneath the Pavilion in Riverfront Park provide access to the IMAX and additional kids activities. May, 2011.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 Upper Falls Power Plant harnesses the flow from the upper Spokane Falls in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
These dual bridges across the Spokane River look pretty cool atop a perch in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
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.
The view from street level at the edge of the Monroe Street Bridge. March, 2011.
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.
The sidewalk along Spokane Falls Boulevard near River Park Square. March, 2011.
Outside the Apple Store on Main Avenue, Downtown. March, 2011.
Another view of Wall Street this time looking south. March, 2011.
The gateway into Riverfront Park from Spokane Falls Boulevard. June, 2004.
The view of Howard Street looking south in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.
A view looking south along Post Street, Downtown. June, 2004.
You want some nice pictures, or are you the holy type? Just a random back-alley in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.
The protruding and curve-linear Spokesman Review Building is one of Spokane’s best architectural landmarks. June, 2004.
Riverside Avenue looking east in June, 2004.
Main Avenue in June, 2004, looking westerly. The building on the right is Macy’s.
This great wide sidewalk is on Spokane Falls Boulevard adjacent to Riverfront Park. That old brick pyramid fountain has since been removed. June, 2004.
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
The Davenport Hotel from Riverside Avenue. June, 2004.
The old Looff Carrousel in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.
Downtown Spokane from Riverfront Park. June, 2004.
What is that thing? This art piece was installed for Expo 1974 outside the Opera House. June, 2004.
The sidewalk view outside of River Park Square. Downtown Spokane, June, 2004.
Spokane’s most classic urban scene — Downtown’s Pavilion and Clock Tower in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]