COEUR D'ALENE - Next time you're in Coeur d'Alene swing on up to Midtown on 4th Avenue and have a look around. It's not nearly as glamorous and spiffy as downtown, the sidewalks aren't embellished with bricks and fancy street lights, but it's a great little business district that has it's own vibe.
As of late there's been a good amount of owner investment in the area as well - buildings painted, windows uncovered, and storefronts rehabbed. For you Spokanites think Garland but longer and a little wider. A few tatoo parlours, a couple of pubs, restaurants, and some interior design shops all provide an interesting mix if you have some time on your hands. Unfortunately the paired one-way couplets of 3rd and 4th avenue run through here, but walking is still pleasant.