Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Spokane, WA

Spokane, Washington is an outstanding city. I grew up in the Spokane Valley, lived in downtown Spokane after college, moved away, and came back to live in a historic neighborhood on the South Hill.

We have a vibrant downtown with an expanding set of housing options (www.downtownspokane.net); four-season recreation; the beautiful Spokane River running right through the heart of downtown (www.friendsofthefalls.org); five higher education institutions, from the community colleges to a research university campus (Washington State University Spokane); cultural offerings from theater to symphony (www.spokanesymphony.org) and more; outstanding local restaurants (e.g. www.mizuna.com, www.latahbistro.com, www.catacombspub.com to name just three); historic neighborhoods with wonderful homes; a park system designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm; award-winning schools (www.spokaneschools.org); big, fun community events including the world’s largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament (www.hoopfest.org) and the largest individually timed road race (www.bloomsday.org); and an active civic culture with lots of opportunities to volunteer.

That’s just for starters. I’m a fan.

The city isn’t without its challenges, including high poverty rates in some parts of town. But the community leaders are engaged and accessible, the local Chamber of Commerce (Greater Spokane Incorporated) takes quality of life issues seriously as part of its overall agenda, and there are tremendous opportunities here.

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Sent by Barb from Spokane, Washington

One Response to “Spokane, WA”

  1. Libby Says:

    What a great, thorough post, Barb. It’s heartening to see someone who was wise enough to move away from where they grew up to try on other places… and then realize that your hometown was right for you after all.

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