Spokane's urban environment is littered with the legacy that is Expo '74...and we relish it. A quick glance around this place and one see's EXPO everywhere - Gondolas, IMAX, Opera House, pavillion, garbage goat, the butterflies, etc.
Out of them all, the most unnoticed has to be the antiquated concrete garbage cans that you see all over the place (we even spotted one in Hillyard two weeks ago). They've survived thirty-two years on the tough streets of Spokane and are still in pretty good shape. But only a few of you may remember that they served a dual purpose: collect garbage and act as wayfinders for visitors to Expo. You see, that flat angled portion of the container had glued to it a map directing those visitors to key locations on the Expo grounds. Pretty progressive use of the public space in our opinion.
We can't recall exactly when the last of the maps were removed, but we think it's high time they were brought back, or at least something took their place. As our city experiences this newfound interest in all things urban, what could be a better use?
Actually that's not a rhetorical question. We'd like to hear from you. How can this public space be best re-used to benefit Spokane's urban environment? Post your ideas below, or send us an email.
If we get enough suggestions/interest we'll pursue it.