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Blog Posts for 2019


Welcome Mayor Woodward!

Dec. 30 at 4:04 p.m. - Watch 26:01 - Nadine Woodward is sworn in as Spokane’s 45th Mayor

Show Us Your Street Art!

Dec. 20 at 4:54 p.m. - Students are invited to enter wastewater access cover design contest

Mayor’s Initiatives Made Spokane Better Place to Live

Dec. 17 at 3:31 p.m. - Watch 3:45 - One Spokane plan delivered many improvements.

Results of Downtown Plan Update Workshop

Dec. 13 at 5:02 p.m. - Find out what citizens think about the future of Spokane’s Downtown Plan.

Spokane River Flourishes in 2019

Dec. 13 at 10:20 a.m. - Watch 3:03 - Public gains greater access aquatic fun.

We want your feedback for the 5th Avenue corridor

Dec. 11 at 1:03 p.m. - Join is to learn more and share your feedback Dec 14.

Volunteers Help Shape Spokane’s Future

Dec. 6 at 11:51 a.m. - Watch 2:51 - Serve on boards; improve your neighborhood.

Understanding the Point-In-Time Homeless Count

Dec. 2 at 12:26 p.m. - Homelessness is complex and the Point-In-Time is one tool to help make change.


Don't Let the Holidays Hurt Recycling Efforts!

Nov. 26 at 3:20 p.m. - Watch 2:38 - Turkey Roasters & Christmas lights not recyclable.

A New Plan for Grand Boulevard

Nov. 22 at 2:11 p.m. - Watch 2:00 - Public asked for input on traffic, pedestrian safety.

Students Champion Recycling

Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m. - Spokane students’ artwork teaches others about the importance of recycling correctly

Park your Sleigh for Less

Nov. 22 at 9:26 a.m. - Pay $20, but get $25 to use toward parking at meters or kiosks on-street.

City's Official Snow Season Begins; Here's the Plan

Nov. 15 at 11:28 a.m. - Watch 2:52 - The City of Spokane begins its official snow season today. Now is a good time to provide an overview of the City’s snow response plan.

Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Declines

Nov. 11 at 3:29 p.m. - Outcomes are improving and there are ways you can continue to help.

WheelShare Hits the Brakes for Winter

Nov. 6 at 5:02 p.m. - Spokane’s popular WheelShare Program will take a break for winter.

Mayor Rolls Out 2020 Proposed Budget

Nov. 1 at 4:36 p.m. - Mayor Condon rolls out his 2020 Proposed Budget


East Central Celebrates Community Investment Projects

Oct. 31 at 11:05 a.m. - Watch 23:00 - Community center undergoing expansion and adding oral health clinic.

Preparing for Snow!

Oct. 28 at 4:35 p.m. - Watch 9:18 - City outlines its snow response plan as winter approaches

New Options for Mental Health Treatment

Oct. 24 at 3:55 p.m. - Watch 3:33 - Patients can get help; avoid time in jail.

Police Return Stolen Property to Victims

Oct. 18 at 11:09 a.m. - Watch 2:34 - Raid reunites valuables with rightful owners.

Make time for Safety Improvements this Fall

Oct. 18 at 10:34 a.m. - This is the time of year to do the things that will keep you safe until spring.

Share Your Vision for Downtown’s Future

Oct. 15 at 4:23 p.m. - A public workshop on the future of Downtown Spokane is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 at the newly opened Riverfront Pavilion.

Rangers Help Keep Our Parks Safe

Oct. 9 at 12 p.m. - Watch 3:34 - Limited commissioned officers patrol parks, pools.

Fall Leaf Festival Returns to Finch Arboretum

Oct. 7 at 4:09 p.m. - Fun and education mix at this annual celebration of fall foliage.

Cyber Security Awareness Month

Oct. 2 at 2:12 p.m. - This year’s theme is “Own It. Secure It. Protect It.” and will emphasize the role everyone plays in online safety.

Why do leaves change color? Fall foliage, explained

Oct. 1 at 5:03 p.m. - Learn the chemistry behind this autumnal phenomenon

Chance to Change the Comprehensive Plan

Oct. 1 at 12:35 p.m. - Application period is open for suggested changes until October 31.


Understanding I-976

Sept. 30 at 3:11 p.m. - City shares educational information with voters on I-976

Mayor Condon Outlines Transition Plan

Sept. 23 at 4:25 p.m. - Mayor David Condon outlines the plan for his final 100 days in office.

Innovation Alleyways

Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. - Innovation Alleyways Toolkit provides guidelines for revitalizing and re-envisioning alleyways.

Council Member Kinnear Teams Up to Curb Graffiti

Sept. 23 at 10:32 a.m. - Watch 1:20 - Council Member Lori Kinnear and Business Owner Mark Starr Team Up to Take on Graffiti in Spokane

You Have the Right to Cross Safely

Sept. 19 at 2:18 p.m. - Watch 2:22 - Spokane Police target crosswalk violations.

Raising Hopes and Homes

Sept. 18 at 2:54 p.m. - Watch 34:02 - City funds programs to help those in need.

New and Improved My Spokane 311

Sept. 18 at 2:16 p.m. - My Spokane 311 upgrades to serve City citizens better.

Supported Employment Program Opportunities with City of Spokane

Sept. 17 at 2:56 p.m. - Learn more about working with people with disabilities.

South University District Update

Sept. 13 at 4:50 p.m. - Survey results help plan for the area’s future.

Manito Park’s Mirror Pond to Be Rehabilitated

Sept. 12 at 3:34 p.m. - The project will create a clearer, healthier pond.

The Future of Transportation in the West Plains

Sept. 10 at 2:16 p.m. - Whether you live, work, or travel through the West Plains your feedback is needed!

Hank’s Law in Effect

Sept. 6 at 10:50 a.m. - How tragedy changed a law to protect furry friends.

First Look at the 2020 Budget

Sept. 5 at 3:44 p.m. - Watch 21:24 - Mayor Condon unveils his proposed 2020 Program Budget

Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow Unites Tribes, Celebrates Culture

Sept. 3 at 3:34 p.m. - The music and dance filled event celebrated its 28th year in Riverfront Park.


School Is Back In Session

Aug. 28 at 4:06 p.m. - Watch 12:08 - Keep our children safe; slow down and follow the speed limit.

Surplus Property Sparks New Development

Aug. 28 at 2:37 p.m. - Watch 2:40 - City Sells Former Fleet and Streets Complex.

Scientists Tracking PCBs in Spokane River

Aug. 23 at 2:02 p.m. - Watch 3:16 - Research could locate sources of contaminants.

Testing Pothole Prevention Product

Aug. 20 at 12:35 p.m. - Watch 1:13 - Fiberglass fabric could make streets last longer.

Join Us For WheelShare Safety Week!

Aug. 19 at 10:17 a.m. - Watch 0:37 - WheelShare Safety Week will promote safety on scooters, bicycles and skateboards on downtown streets.

Creating a Sustainable Construction Workforce

Aug. 14 at 3:14 p.m. - New grant program available for programs that help women, minorities and veterans get training in the construction trades

EnVision Center Serves as Safety Net

Aug. 13 at 3:34 p.m. - Watch 2:41 - HUD program prevents homelessness.

Ramp Launches Fun on Spokane River

Aug. 12 at 3:01 p.m. - Watch 2:08 - Get your feet wet with rental equipment.

South U-District Taking Shape

Aug. 9 at 9:56 a.m. - Community feedback helps shape South U-District plans.

Parking Study Progress

Aug. 9 at 9:38 a.m. - Code enforcement brings in parking system “coach.”

Kids Enjoy Smarter Summer Break

Aug. 8 at 2:34 p.m. - Watch 2:25 - Spokane Youth Card opens doors to adventure.

Know Before You Throw!

Aug. 1 at 4:52 p.m. - Watch 1:51 - The only way to prevent lithium battery fires is to manage your batteries properly.


Calling All Shadle Area Residents

July 29 at 3:01 p.m. - We’re updating the Shadle area plan and need your input!

Shaping the South U-District’s Future

July 24 at 3:40 p.m. - Watch 2:03 - Online survey seeks your input.

Seeking Volunteers

July 24 at 2:32 p.m. - Help define public investments in West Central, Emerson-Garfield and Riverside neighborhoods

Shape the Shadle Area at Neighborhood Concerts

July 12 at 10:21 a.m. - The Shadle area planning team will be at the Concerts Under the Pines music series!

Ramp Launches New River Access

July 3 at 10:54 a.m. - Watch 2:04 - Rafters, anglers slide into whitewater fun.


Trip to Spokane Triggers Podcast Rant

June 27 at 3:02 p.m. - Watch 2:10 - Comedian swears Spokane a great place to visit.

Shape the Future of the South University District

June 27 at 1:55 p.m. - Be a part of the planning process and take our survey today!

Unwavering commitment for a safe, welcoming downtown

June 27 at 11:38 a.m. - Watch 3:42 - Safety improvements ensure downtown is safe and welcoming for residents, businesses, and visitors

A Look Inside a Thief’s Playbook

June 20 at 1:51 p.m. - Watch 7:33 - Police Chief’s tips on protecting your home.

Friday Night Just Got a Lot Cooler With Family Nights at the Pool!

June 18 at 4:20 p.m. - Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Spokane Parks Foundation and Huppin’s to host free pool parties just for families!

Inclusive Playground Design in Riverfront Park

June 12 at 3:25 p.m. - Watch 46:05 - Riverfront is working with the Spokane Parks Foundation to raise funds to build a second playground, this one inclusive for children of all abilities

Help Us #NameTheCenter

June 11 at 10:08 a.m. - Watch 1:36 - What do you think the East Central Community Center should be named?

Celebrating Spokane’s Refugee Community

June 10 at 4:03 p.m. - This World Refugee Month, let’s join together to show our refugee neighbors they are loved and welcomed here.

FREE Homebuyer Education Seminar

June 10 at 1:46 p.m. - Homebuyer education course gets you ready for the responsibility of owning a home.

City Urges Drivers to “Give Real Change”

June 7 at 3:10 p.m. - Watch 1:47 - Offering money to panhandlers funds new problems.

New Program Targets Illegal Camping

June 3 at 3:28 p.m. - Watch 2:57 - Encampments hurting Spokane River, environment.


Destruction at the Ready!

May 31 at 4:05 p.m. - Spokane’s Waste to Energy (WTE) facility provides secure disposal options for businesses.

Craft a Vision for the Shadle Area!

May 31 at 3:10 p.m. - Your input is essential in shaping the future of the Shadle area.

North Monroe Corridor = Project of the Year

May 31 at 9:39 a.m. - The revitalization of North Monroe Street wins highest honor from Washington state APWA

WheelShare: Rules to Roll

May 29 at 2:45 p.m. - Help the WheelShare program be a success by following these guidelines.

Neighborhood Safety: What do neighbors have to do with it?

May 29 at 1:58 p.m. - The Neighborhood Safety Committee urges Spokane residents to know your neighbors.

Spokane Mom Waves to Kid in Space

May 23 at 2:17 p.m. - Watch 3:54 - City honors Spokane native in orbit

Transforming the Shadle Area

May 22 at 9:39 a.m. - Get involved in the neighborhood planning process!

April 2019 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Recap

May 21 at 4:30 p.m. - Bringing awareness about sexual violence and support in our community.

Spokane Keeps Graduates Close to Home

May 21 at 2:20 p.m. - Watch 2:17 - Visiting students get diplomas, put down roots.

Washington State Public Disclosure Commission Classes

May 17 at 12:26 p.m. - PDC classes cover campaign finance laws and ORCA training.

Benefiting Both Sides of the Tracks

May 10 at 12:02 p.m. - Watch 1:58 - University Bridge delivers new opportunities.

Bridge Celebrated in Grand Fashion

May 9 at 10:30 a.m. - Watch 37:35 - Hundreds attend grand opening celebration for the University District Gateway Bridge

J-Turn Coming to US 195

May 8 at 4:33 p.m. - Washington State Department of Transportation to add a J-turn on US 195 near Thorpe Road.

Water Department Lauded

May 6 at 3:36 p.m. - During Drinking Water Week, State Health Department Recognizes City Water Department.

A community coming together addressing the Opioid Crisis

May 2 at 3:48 p.m. - Opioid informational opportunity available next week on Tuesday, May 7, 5-8 p.m. at Riverside Place Auditorium in Spokane.

Buying a House, Get Educated

May 2 at 1:56 p.m. - Homebuyer education course gets you ready for the responsibility of owning a home

Innovation Alleyways: First Friday Open House

May 1 at 4:56 p.m. - Participants who stop by First Friday can win gift cards to local businesses!

Expo 74 Butterfly Takes Wing

May 1 at 1:33 p.m. - Watch 3:28 - Remodeled sculpture more responsive in wind.


Spokane In Motion: Learn More about Innovative Cycling Infrastructure

April 30 at 4:44 p.m. - Spokane welcomes Troels Andersen, bicycle program manager from Odense, Denmark!

From Prison to Patching Spokane Streets

April 29 at 2:58 p.m. - Watch 2:50 - City gives former felon second chance in life.

Our Earth, Our Home, Our Health

April 22 at 12:28 p.m. - On Earth Day, we pause to review sustainability and environmental results

Every Day is Earth Day in Spokane

April 19 at 10:03 a.m. - Watch 1:22 - Saving the planet saves taxpayers money.

City to Award Golden Shovels

April 18 at 3:20 p.m. - City to award Golden Shovels to citizens who helped their neighbors remove snow from sidewalks and driveways!

PIT Count Shows Decrease in Chronic Homelessness

April 12 at 3:28 p.m. - Results from the annual point-in-time homelessness count are now available!

Helping Families on Their Worst Day

April 12 at 10:52 a.m. - Watch 2:31 - Family Promise keeps kids, parents together.

Spokane Gives Helps New Shelter

April 5 at 1:24 p.m. - Watch 2:23 - Mayor, Cabinet get dirty for good cause.

North Bank Vision Survey: We Asked, You Told!

April 5 at 9:20 a.m. - Results of the survey will help inform the vision for the area and guide the planning process for the North Bank Plan.

2019 Cleaning from the Corridor Event!

April 3 at 1:24 p.m. - Cleaning from the Corridor 2019 in the Logan Neighborhood


Innovation Alleyway Workshop

March 28 at 11:55 a.m. - Workshops on Friday and Saturday will explore ways to enliven downtown alleyways.

Second Totem Pole Will Return to INW Wildlife Council

March 20 at 4:29 p.m. - Riverfront is working with the Spokane Tribe and INW Wildlife Council to return the second totem pole to the commissioning group

Spokane Gives Month

March 20 at 3:33 p.m. - Watch 7:47 - Sign up for a Spokane Gives month project today!

Register for the Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference

March 19 at 10:47 a.m. - Registration is now open for the 2019 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference!

A Clean River for Future Generations

March 15 at 10:12 a.m. - Watch 1:34 - Projects to protect water, fish pay off.

Getting ready to roll!

March 15 at 9:52 a.m. - Project proceeds to bring back shared bikes and scooters to Spokane

Road Improvements Attract New Businesses

March 11 at 11:05 a.m. - Watch 1:32 - Reconstruction paves way for Union Tavern

Fresh Soul Spices up East Central Spokane

March 8 at 12:11 p.m. - Watch 1:39 - Restaurant trains, employs neighborhood teens.

Spokane Resource Center Opens Soon

March 7 at 4:01 p.m. - Watch 1:53 - Improving lives through connected services.

Parks & Recreation focused on water conservation projects

March 6 at 1:28 p.m. - Water Conservation across Parks & Recreation

Telling Spokane’s River Story

March 6 at 11:47 a.m. - Mayor Condon to Testify Before Congress on Spokane’s Clean Water Investments

Downtown Parking Study Plan

March 4 at 3:15 p.m. - The six-year Downtown Parking Study Plan will prepare Spokane for the future!


Accommodating Corridor Construction

Feb. 27 at 4:14 p.m. - Construction of the North Spokane Corridor heads into the City of Spokane.

Avista Installing Smart Meters in the City

Feb. 27 at 3:34 p.m. - Thousands of City of Spokane residents and businesses will receive new Avista smart meters

Police Raid Stolen Property Ring

Feb. 26 at 11:26 a.m. - Watch 2:36 - Serial numbers help victims recover valuables.

Final Design for a Rehabilitated Riverside

Feb. 22 at 4:14 p.m. - Citizens asked to weigh in on final design elements on a project to rehab Riverside from Division to Monroe

Preventing a Nuisance Property

Feb. 19 at 12:39 p.m. - Watch 2:46 - Keeping squatters out of abandoned homes.

Stuck Behind the Blade

Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. - Watch 2:24 - Crews work long shift to clear snow.

State of the City is Optimistic

Feb. 11 at 5:19 p.m. - Mayor Condon delivered the annual State of the City in February, focusing on what makes him optimistic about Spokane.

Learn Where Your Garbage Goes

Feb. 11 at 2:09 p.m. - Tour the Waste to Energy Facility for free this Presidents’ Day!

New Opportunities for North Bank

Feb. 1 at 11:40 a.m. - Watch 2:37 - City considers updating building regulations.


North Bank: The Next Big Thing

Jan. 28 at 11:21 a.m. - Downtown’s North Bank is full of opportunity

Choose Spokane as Your Second Headquarters

Jan. 25 at 2:33 p.m. - Mayor David Condon traveled to Bellevue to spread Spokane’s message, you can still have it all in Washington.

City Launches Supported Employment Program

Jan. 18 at 4:14 p.m. - Watch 29:33 - The Supported Employment Program is designed to create job opportunities for eligible individuals with disabilities.

Putting the Brakes on Auto Theft

Jan. 15 at 9:39 a.m. - Watch 1:51 - City seeks probation for convicted car thieves.

Celebrate MLK Day 2019 in Spokane!

Jan. 14 at 11:23 a.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us with an opportunity get involved

Upcoming Everybody Counts Events

Jan. 11 at 4:35 p.m. - Learn about resources in our community that could help you or your friends who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Developing a North Bank Plan

Jan. 10 at 2:43 p.m. - The North Bank Plan will focus on the vision and strategies to guide new development, ensuring a unique and vibrant North Bank for future generations.

City Explores Ways to Create Housing Variety and Choices

Jan. 9 at 3:56 p.m. - Spokane City Council to consider development code changes at the next Council Meeting.

Living In a Walkable Neighborhood

Jan. 4 at 11:48 a.m. - Guest blogger shares her tips for those interested in living in a walkable neighborhood.

Inmates Transform an Abandon House and Their Lives

Jan. 3 at 9:19 a.m. - A Head Start to Construction Trades transforms an abandon house.