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November 12 2012

The Top 3 Similarities Between Spokane/Spokane Valley’s and Vancouver/Portland’s Metropolitan Relationships

November 12th, 2012Posted by 

Metropolitan areas always have a dominating, bustling municipality at the heart. These regional strongholds, with their loud industrial and commercial districts in which crime is common, soon sprouted the desire in residents to get the heck out of there and move outwards to a cheaper, suburban lifestyle. A “stronghold” is a larger, older municipality than […]

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October 29 2012

The North-South Dilemma: US 395 Struggles Through Spokane

October 29th, 2012Posted by 

Locally known as the North-South highway, “North Spokane Corridor,” has been well over 50 years in the making. Since the onslaught of the automobile on the American urban landscape, Spokane has always assumed their future held a four-lane highway to the East-West in I-90 to Idaho, and another going North-South in US 395 to Canada; […]

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October 24 2012

Spokane, Washington’s Famous Manito Park: Modern Strengths and Weaknesses

October 24th, 2012Posted by 

Manito (phonetically: “MAN-IT-OH”) Park in Spokane, Washington’s South Hill area, within the Manito/Cannon Hill neighborhood, was established in 1904. Once a recreation area with a few picnic tables and a public zoo (which closed due to underfunding during the Great Depression), Manito Park’s 90-acres have quite literally blossomed into one of the urban gems of the Inland Northwest. But […]

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October 10 2012

“Skywalkers:” Spokane’s Class Division Via The Downtown Skywalk System

October 10th, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, WA is in an exclusive club of the United States’ cities. Only it and Minneapolis, MN hold the nation’s first skywalk systems. Skywalk systems (or sometimes referred to by locals as “skybridges” or “skyways”) are utilized by these cities in an attempt to make their downtown central business districts compete with climate-controlled suburban malls. Both […]

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September 26 2012

Rain Barrels Over a Sole-Source Aquifer: Who Owns the Sky?

September 26th, 2012Posted by 

Washington, like many other western states, did not allow rain barrel use whatsoever until the last few years. Colorado modernized its pioneer-age laws regarding water rights in July 2009, allowing rain barrel usage to anyone to any degree, so long as they have a permit and did not interfere with any other’s water rights. Washington […]

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September 12 2012

Spokane’s Rich History of the Adoption and Destruction of Rail Transportation: Please Be Doomed to Repeat!

September 12th, 2012Posted by 

In April 1888, the first streetcar line in Spokane, Washington was built for Browne’s Addition, a neighborhood just one-mile West of downtown.  The terrain is level and easy to maneuver for the less-powerful engines. It was built to attract mining and timber barons to the then-newly built mansions in the subdivision. It was drawn by horses and was […]

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August 29 2012

Why Spokane’s Historic Riverfront Park May Be Put to Better Use

August 29th, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, Washington is proud of its enormous waterfalls smack dab in the middle of the urban core, surrounded by Riverfront Park. It’s the only park in Spokane that encourages non-park uses such as movie watching at an almost 50-year-old originalwrap-around style IMAX theatre, riding classic amusement park rides like the tilt-a-whirl and ferris wheel, and […]

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August 15 2012

Kendall Yards: The Last Piece to Spokane’s Urban Puzzle

August 15th, 2012Posted by 

Kendall Yards is a 77-acre strip of modernly undeveloped land sandwiched between Spokane, Washington’s West Central neighborhood and the Northern bank of the Spokane River below Spokane Falls. Locals claim that it was (it is now being developed as I type) the largest contiguous piece of undeveloped designated “downtown core” land in a regional city […]

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August 01 2012

Inside the Spokane Sewer Treatment Plant’s Facelift: Neighboring State Park Breathes Sigh of Relief

August 1st, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, Washington was given the land for its wastewater treatment plant and Riverside State Park by an affluent citizen in his will in the first half of the 20th century. He designated the land’s division and only allowed the City to keep the land if they used it for those sole two reasons. The only […]

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July 18 2012

How to Promote your Firm on LinkedIn: Architects, Urban Planners

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

Your firm can use the popular professional networking site LinkedIn for much more than your standard Facebook ‘like’ page. Facebook is casual and is viewable by all whom may be interested in your firm. LinkedIn provides a professional atmosphere online with many specific tools and resources to help your business and employees. Here are four tips […]

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July 04 2012

Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

The City of Spokane, Washington implemented two of their first-ever SURGE (Spokane Urban Runoff Greenways Ecosystem) projects in 2010 with AHBL: Lincoln Street on the South Hill; [Bottom] [Official Surge Report]; Broadway Street in the West Central Neighborhood. [Top] [AHBL’s Presentation to the City]. Both were the first of their kind in Eastern Washington, and […]

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June 20 2012

Spokane, Washington’s Waste-to-Energy Plant’s New Recycling Center Design

June 20th, 2012Posted by 

Waste Management broke ground October 2011 on behalf of the City of Spokane for their new 62,000 square foot, state-of-the-art recycling center. October 1st, 2012, they are scheduled to open and ready for almost a dozen new recyclable materials. The Spokane Material and Recycling Technology (SMART) Center will receive many things dubbed as trash until […]

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June 06 2012

Uses of Social and Participatory Mediums in Urban Planning

June 6th, 2012Posted by 

Planning participation is a requirement in most American states, and many municipalities realize its power; a sense of ownership in the community for an initiative can be a determining factor in the success of any plan. To distribute and gather information to and from the community there are essentially three routes. Depending on the community […]

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May 23 2012

New Mayor’s Rushed LED Initiative Misleading for Spokane, Washington

May 23rd, 2012Posted by 

The City of Spokane, Washington has been lagging behind culturally and economically for some time, and it seems like officials are stuck in the past. Spokane’s present mayor, Mr. David A. Condon, who was sworn in December of 2011, made his 100-day plan. The Certified Site program is of ‘preacting’ origins, and almost begs companies to […]

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