On this hot Wednesday afternoon, enjoy this video of a miniaturized Spokane. Featuring abundant shots of downtown’s skyline, Huntington Park, and Riverfront Park, the short film not only captures our city in breathtaking cinematography, but also casts a light onto a few areas where we could do better, like the North Bank and the intersection of Washington and Spokane Falls Boulevard.
Okay, kinda-sorta a week. A lot of major issues are up for discussion in the coming days, and we urge readers of The #spokanerising Project to make a strong showing in support of our parks, our neighborhoods, and our communities.
Special Parks Board Meeting: Riverfront Park Master Plan. We’ve written extensively in the past about plans for Riverfront Park. Tonight, Thursday, April 24, the Parks Board will be hosting the second public comment period on the Riverfront Park Master Plan. Public testimony will be taken from 6-8pm in the City Council chambers. Free parking is available for participants in the Riverfront Park lots.
Summit for Neighborhood Fairness: Part II (The Strategy). Futurewise Spokane is collaborating with Spokane City Councilmembers, community groups, and neighborhoods to host a forum on possible policy changes that could result in more livable communities and environments. Participants will prioritize proposals and develop a clear strategy for their implementation. This will take place Wednesday, April 30 from 5:30p-7:30p at the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library. More information is available here.
Proposed Land Use Action: A Workshop for Neighborhoods. Futurewise Spokane will be working with neighborhood groups and its Director of Planning and Law, Tim Trohimovich to enlighten neighborhoods on strategies for land use proposals. Tim will be speaking about navigating the land use process, SEPA, and permitting processes. This will take place Thursday, May 1 at 2:30p at the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library. More information is available here.
These meetings are important for developing a strategy for Spokane’s future development and planning. We encourage readers to attend and offer a vision of a vibrant, denser, more livable Spokane where people love to live.
Protests continue over the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory‘s glorification of sexual violence in the name of one of its beverages unveiled for its opening this past weekend. The drink, “Date Grape Kool-Aid,” has sparked significant national press coverage and calls for the name to be changed. In a PR disaster reminiscent of the Amy’s Baking Company fiasco of early 2013, the owner of the bar has held firm, several times lambasting opponents of the name and even rape victims and advocates.
It goes without saying, but this is not the type of establishment that we so desperately need in downtown Spokane. We favor businesses that contribute to the community, working with neighbors and local citizens to better the area and the region as a whole. These types of businesses have a sense of decency which the owners of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory clearly lack.
Here’s a roundup of just some of the national, regional, and local attention which has been paid to this story.