Idea #2: Complete the Centennial Trail. For real this time.

It’s time to complete the Centennial Trail. That means that we need to fill in the gaps. And not just some of them. We should fill in all of the gaps and completely separate pedestrian and bicyclist traffic from motorists, even in Spokane proper. The resulting Class I trail would span nearly 70 miles across two states, one of the longest and most widely-used urban trails in the United States.

Former Huppin’s store to be remodeled and leased to new tenants

Without a doubt, I don’t know if we would have focused on that block without Walt Worthy building that Convention Center hotel.

Chris Batten, co-owner of the former Huppin’s property at 421 W. Main in downtown Spokane. Batten, along with business partners Bobby Brett and John Pariseau, intend to extensively remodel and lease the building to Spokane Exercise Equipment, among other tenants.

The full article, with architectural renderings, is available here at the Spokesman.

Idea #1: Green Bike Lanes

It’s time for green bike lanes to hit Spokane. While the city has been making great strides toward increased uses for pedestrians and bicyclists alike, each step forward has been marked by a half-step backwards; for example, Second Avenue was reconstructed without a bike lane, despite master planning documents stating that one was to be included. Regardless, green bike lanes would better demarcate the lane for cyclists and further reduce traffic speed.