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July 22, 2010


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Wow, I can't believe it has been 4 years since I posted on here. I am even more surprised I remembered how to log on to this account. It makes me laugh to look back at the design of this blog which I worked so hard on. But that was one of the reasons I decided to pursue a career in graphic design.

Four years have come and gone and in that time I have earned my BA in Visual Communication. I am officially a graphic designer! So while my passions have changed from Downtown Spokane to Graphic Design, my desire to be accessible on the web hasn't. You can now find me on my new blog at (Well it has been around for a year so it's not that new).

On this vastly improved blog site you will find my portfolio, my musings on logo and brand design work, and links to other interesting designers and blogs. Thanks for visiting!

November 21, 2006


Now It's Time To Say Goodbye...


Anonymous Zach hunt -Personal Trainer spokane said...

It`s your life , We will miss you

May 25, 2008 12:10 PM

Anonymous LocalLoudMouth said...

Sometimes it's tough when life gets busy. I try to just chip away a little at a time with my projects. I'd like to see more sites dedicated to the spokane music scene. There are a lot of great spokane bands, and that play in downtown spokane.

I just launched a site to help promote Spokane Music. Check us out and find some great new music, and bands to see.

October 27, 2009 9:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww its a shame you don't have the time to blog anymore.

Spokane Jobs

November 02, 2009 10:35 AM

Anonymous Roof Top Hoops said...

Business @ food vendors are needed at the Roof Top Hoops 3 on 3 tournament @ NorthTown Mall June 5th and 6th. Contact for details on how you can get involved.

April 03, 2010 11:34 PM


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Well here I am again pondering the future of Spokurban and I have to say it doesn't look good. School and work have kept me beyond busy and I haven't been able to give Spokurban the time it deserves. [Take a minute and grab some tissue.]

I think the site has accomplished more then I ever set out to do. I have met some great people, learned so much about design, and was able to be a resource to so many about what downtown Spokane really has to offer.

I will not be taking the site down because I think it still offers a lot of great links to other bloggers and websites that represent downtown. But I will not be making any more posts.

Let's all take a collective sigh.

That doesn't mean I am done with the world wide web. Far from it. I believe things like YouTube, MySpace,, podcasts, and blogs in general are the future of the web. It is about feeling connected to a community, bigger than any one person. And I still want to be a part of that.

I feel this can somehow be accomplished with regards to Downtown Spokane. A strength in numbers sort of deal. So if anyone out there would like to brainstorm some ideas for a community web experience on Downtown Spokane I am all for it, just e-mail me.

Until then please visit some of these great local blogs. Remi1000. Taste Everything Once (TEO). Spokane 7. Metro Spokane. You can get a complete list in the links area to the right of this post.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported Spokurban. You have made me feel very welcome in the blogosphere.

~ Astazio

October 14, 2006


The Return of Astazio


Anonymous Jennifer said...

Welcome back!gr

October 14, 2006 5:54 PM


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I am sorry I have not posted in a month. (I can't believe it has already been that long.) I have been getting my bearings as school has started. Before jumping into the downtown news I have to say the graphic design program at Spokane Falls has been an exhilirating experience. It is great to finally start doing someting I love.

So let's get to it. Downtown news of course keeps on coming. First off I would like to thank the people at the Downtown Spokane Partnership for adding me to their website links list under the category of "Interesting Links on Downtown Spokane". I appreciate being linked to another group so focused on downtown.

As reported in the Spokurban forums the Davenport Tower has now topped out at 21 floors. The work now begins on the interior and should be down in time for guests to enjoy for the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

A new chocolate shop will be openign soon next door to the just opened Saunder's Cheese Market. Now you can get your cheese, chocolate, and wine in one downtown block.

The first mixed-use building will be hitting the U-District with The Edge a four-story, 30,000-square-foot building that will have 19 urban-industrial style condominiums with ground-floor retail.

P.F. Changs has opened as well as the rest of the block at Main and Post in the new West 809 Building. What a difference a block makes.

Well that is the big news for now. I will try and get some new photos of the current remodels, renovations, and building going on all over downtown. Also feel free to add any news you may find into the Spokurban forums. Thanks for everyones support of

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September 15, 2006


Quickie: Isabella's Opens October 15


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I always appreciate when someone contacts me about exciting news on a downtown opening. Last week I received an e-mail about the new Isabella's Restaurant & Gin Joint, from the same people who brought us Herbal Essence. It looks like Isabella's will be open October 15th. I will keep you updated on any news or photos I find. Until then check out their website and make your reservations!

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Spokane Night Scenes Returns


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Picture. Fun to see new sculpture in Spokane. Walla Walla has done a great job adding art to the downtown in large part to the foundry that they have and it's added a great deal of interest. If you have been to Walla Walla lately you will notice a large number of tourist enjoying the art and the wine. (not to mention the world class artist you see)

September 20, 2006 8:32 PM


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Photo by John D. Moore

Well I have left it up to the experts once again to photograph downtown Spokane in all its nighttime glory. Spokane Night Scenes is offering a variety of new photos showcasing Spokane, including the downtown area. Above you can see the new WSU sculpture installation. (I have wanted to photograph that since it was finished but my pictures would have never turned out like this)

I have had more then a few people comment on how much my daytime photos make downtown look amazing (and clean for some reason), I have to give the same credit to John for his after hours photos.


September 13, 2006


Spokane City Lofts


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I can't tell you how many times I have had someone ask me how to find some listings for downtown living hotspots. So with much excitment I want to showcase Spokane City Lofts, a slick website giving a variety of offerings from RenCorp.

Check out the site for loft listings, downtown resources (including your very own, and buying tips for when you decide on that urban space you just have to have.

You can also check out finished units for sale, units in the building phase, and even see renderings of the future and beyond. It looks like RenCorp is dedicated to giving old buildings new life.

I also have to give a shout out to Patricia for contacting me and adding my link to Spokane City Lofts website. Its a great time to be a part of Downtown Spokane.

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September 01, 2006


Pig Out In The Park


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[Pig Out In The Park] "Pig Out in the Park is Spokane’s favorite food and entertainment event. For 27 years, the Labor Day celebration signals the end of summer and the beginning of 6 days and 60 hours of FREE music, 45 fabulous food booths and 3 thirst quenching adult beverage gardens. Over 220,000 servings of food, desserts, beverages and treats will satisfy Pig Out fans from across the region.

Staged in beautiful downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, the sights, smells and sounds begin Wednesday at noon, and continue until the end of the day on Monday. Pig Out is organized by Bill Burke Productions, and is generally regarded as one of the most successful and best produced events in the region."

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August 27, 2006


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August 24, 2006


VideoPost: RAW Sushi Tutorials


Blogger Ryan said...

That's one of the tutorials we filmed for Tom Bowers' sushi story for I threw both videos up onto YouTube a while ago, so definitely look for the other one too.

August 24, 2006 11:22 AM

Blogger astazio said...

Its great. I love what they are doing at Spokane 7 with video and podcasts. Its great to see a local media group step up and give more options for the way it reports news and entertainment.

August 25, 2006 7:58 AM


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I have to admit I have become intrigued with the ways YouTube and other video services are actually getting some useful information out there to the masses. And I have loved the interesting ways that locals are using it. I found this video giving sushi lessons by Noel from the newly expanded downtown sushi hotspot RAW. I have to say the remodel has made it the place to be for sushi.

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August 22, 2006


This Is Not Your Grandma's Downtown


Anonymous dan/spokane said...

Spokane is definitely on the move! It seems the future will be Spokane's past. Restored buildings and hopefully, streetcars, lightrail and people living downtown similar to the 1930's /1940's Spokane, before the self absorbed years of the 1950's and spawl and big mistakes, like the Spokane Valley! :)
I've notice an attitude change in Spokane residents from even a year ago. So many negative people that suppressed change! No wonder no one rom outside the region thought much of the city! Already you can see positive signs paint and fixing up in the West Central area...A gallery, theater on Garland....the Perry and Hillyard coming's not confined to downtown! Glad to see the positive change in towers, attitudes and pride for Spokane! About time!

August 22, 2006 9:36 PM

Blogger Ashley said...

I used to live in Spokane but I moved about 2 years ago. Every time I come home to visit, I can barely even recognize the downtown area because it has changed so much just in the time I've been gone. I agree it used to be where people worked. It was very run down before. Now it looks more rejuvenated. I'm surprised so see the more artistic and cultural side or Spokane that has remain hidden for so many years now. I hope that one day Spokane will be more well known (for good things rather than serial killers and corrupt public officials) and maybe even a tourist attraction!

October 03, 2007 11:12 AM


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This last week I ran into several friends and acquaintances as I shuffled around downtown. I visited with an old co-worker and got the latest office buzz, I received an update on a new boyfriend from a girl living in Brownes Addition, I was pestered by another local photographer about when and where my next show would be, and as the week progressed I stepped back and was shocked at seeing how much downtown has changed since I started exploring it 5 years ago.

It use to be that downtown Spokane was where people went to work from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Now a days you have business people, artists of all sorts of disciplines, dedicated sport enthusiasts, shoppers, boys holding boys hands, girls holding girls hands, young emos and hipsters brooding, in short a collective of truly unique and dynamic souls coexisting in a centralized area. It really goes to show how the downtown scene is shaping up and I couldn't be more thrilled with the direction downtown Spokane is going.