downtown spokane blog

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.