It's initiative time in WA State once again. On the docket this year is I-933, coined as the 'property rights initiative." With a name like that it seems innocuous enough. However, opponents are alarmingly concerned about the impacts I-933, backed heavily by out of state interests, will have on our cities, towns, environment, and resource land. It's one of a number of similar initiatives hitting the ballots across many western states next week, and we encourage you as taxpayers to study up.
Transit is a tough sell in Spokane. And STA is the red-headed stepchild as far as many are concerned. Our landuse patterns and love of the convenient single-occupancy commute has placed our residents in the position where the car is really the only option.
We mentioned Trulia.com the other day as an cool option for house hunters looking to be a little more independent in their house hunting attempts. Another site we also recommend is ZILLOW.COM. Zillow, like Trulia is just a pup - only been around since 2005. It too brings a little more info to those considering making the jump to homeownership, and info is power.
The City Place Condos have finally found their way to the internet...via Adobe Flash apparently. On the cutting edge of cool, any remnent of it's former motor-inn status has been wiped clean. No more bibles in the bedstands here. City Place has three plans and offers everything you need from a petite 486 sqf up to the bloated 765 sqf unit. Their tagline? Style you deserve, room convenience you crave. The question you should be asking yourself right now is: Do you have what it takes to hang with these people
? As for the music, we enjoyed selection #1.
City Different: Achieving Smart Growth in the U-District If you have the chance we'd suggest you make it over to the Riverpoint Campus this Wednesday afternoon for the first U-District Community Forum. The City of Spokane has lined up a great list of speakers to share and discuss how other cities (like Vancouver, BC) are combining smart growth and higher education districts to create sustainable, vibrant, and innovative neighborhoods. Together these two approaches represent an economic development opportunity like no other in the Inland Northwest.
"One thing that has happened since Expo 74 is the movement of business
from the street up to the skywalk level and back down to the street.
The skywalks are not going anywhere, but the question is what role will
they play in the new downtown?"
Much like the old graineries we profiled earlier in the year, Spokane's rich collection of religious buildings often blend into the background and go unnoticed. The thousands of commuters on major arterials like Maple or Monroe St. daily cruise by architectural gems like Plymouth Congregational Church and St. Paul's Methodist Church without even a second thought.
Let's face it, the next ten years or so is going to bring quite a bit of infill to Spokane. Anyone parking a car downtown knows about the availability of infill lots. The reality is, we've only begun to scratch the surface so to speak. There's also a significant amount of opportunity for infill development
in many of our neighborhoods throughout the city, and with that often
times comes some friction.