Nobody but the Inlander doubts that redevelopment in downtown Spokane is well on its way. Our post on Wednesday and the subsequent comments raised the question of whether people would be interested in living in some other business district other than downtown. Specifically we called out the North Monroe corridor as an example, but Spokane has numerous other options where dense mixed-use is encouraged.
One only has to drive through South Perry, East Sprague, North Monroe, Garland, or Hillyard to see the untapped potential of these areas. With all the focus on downtown, prices for even the most average real estate have risen pretty dramatically. To us it seems only obvious that a case for more affordable development could be made in any of the previously mentioned business districts. It's seems to be kind of a chicken-n-egg play however.
So we asked the question: What would it take for those wanting a piece of the residential urban pie to live along a place like the North Monroe Corridor? As one reader so astutely pointed out (and we paraphrase):
"Amenities. Actually, the real question would be how far up the North Monroe corridor. There are some stellar restaurants and bars up there, but there need to be more activities.
I think there needs to be an effective (and safe) means to being able to commute across the river. I also believe that the urban vibrancy of downtown diminishes rapidly the minute you cross the river to the North. The minute that the energy can be conveyed to the North side of the river bank, people will more than likely come."
Just as downtown was lacking in significant entertainment options a decade ago, could providing more activities in these other neighborhood business districts be the solution? Would developers and more attainable residential development follow? Quick-witted responses are most appreciated in the comments section below.