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Re: “This Old House

I don't even live in the city. My comment will likely bring out the usual group of in the box thinkers that will comment from their "all about me" viewpoint. As I am one that sees our history as something we should learn from instead of starting over with our values and wisdom for every generation, maybe this neighborhood can look to your grandparents and great grandparents fora solution. Do you remember the barn-raising ideas of farm communities. No? That's because those ideas are only stories to us. People who worked together for the betterment of the whole seems to be only celebrated in the country's welfare system these days. Your grandparents never expected the government to come in and solve your problems. Most of you seem to prefer it.

No doubt you would celebrate the idea of a Spokane's Rich History gala; and include the home of Bing Crosby in it ( but only if it is live able perhaps) yet you seem uninterested in doing even small acts of kindness, pay it forward if you will, to aid not ONLY yourselves but someone else. You get the gov. To come out and place fines on the project?!?! How does that help you?

I have done a little more research here. Would you be interested in knowing that Henry Peirce III is the only existing bloodline descendent of one of our country's presidents? There is some rich history for you! President Franklin Peirce would have been honored by your grandparents! Why don't you all put aside your justified irritation, your justified disgust, your justified impatience and justified and real feelings of loosing advantage, and form a non-profit committee to help complete the house. Surely there is enough reason with just the historical connections I have mentioned here to bring the interest of the historical society or one like it into the picture!

I can sit here and thinkof three or four ways you can make this better:
1) do a local fundraiser for the man
2) do a crowd funding project to help with needed materials
3) tell the city to donate the costs of the fines and fees they placed on the project back into the project .
4) gather community interest to gain the talent of local machine Operators who would volunteer their time and effort.
5) local unions like Operators 701 or the carpenters union might do a public interest piece ( to show us all how our unions can care for community interests) Especially now when so many are out of work. I know several members of these unions who have been out of work for longer than any of us would like to even think about, and maybe a community project would bring some warmth into some cold hearts!

Sheesh. All you who love government to solve all of mans problems can call Predident Obama--the community organizer of organizers and he can buss in people to help! He will be looking for work one of these days-----wait---scratch that one----brings in more trouble! Nah! Just do it yourself. For the good of your neighbor, for the good of the neighborhood, for the good of the city, for the good of the country, for the good of history, for the honor of those who lived entire us and gave us the inheiritence of the city you live in. See there is a lot if good in there somewhere people!

If you need some help in the example department, look up Willmington, OH. Their whole city came together for a larger project than Mr. Pierce III's project and everyone was the better for it.

Now go out and make life better people!!

Posted by Julia Hodgson on 05/06/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “In the Spotlight

The eyesore of Kendall Yards, and THIS is what people complain about?

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Posted by Justin Justin on 05/05/2015 at 1:43 PM

Re: “This Old House

Ever since the article on Hedges, Herold has struck me as a bit of a jerk.

Posted by Justin Justin on 05/05/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Electric City

I own a 100% electric motorcycle. I have the same concerns as the other poster. Although mine can charge fine with a 120v outlet, those in the "public" arena not as easy to find either. I have not been to the one at the Steam Plant but the one at City Hall is useless for me (or any other personal EV) as it does not seem to be for public use at all and warns you that you cannot park there at the charging station. There is supposed to be one at the Main Market (as listed on plugshare website) but I have yet to find it, unless I am just missing it somewhere. Too bad Spokane and other businesses profess to support "green" but really don't want to invest in the money.

I would gladly pay to charge if more stations were available in useful places. Having one out at the Avista HQ is not really a useful location. Why would I ever need to go there? There is nothing around there. Downtown is useful. In shopping centers or public restaurants is useful. The mall is useful. Diamond Parking owns everything downtown. They should have at least a few charging stations. I think we need to send messages to Diamond regarding this. I have already.

Waiting to see what happens with charging stations in the reason why Spokane is always 2nd fiddle to the west. Spokane needs to step it up!

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Posted by Erik on 05/05/2015 at 11:12 AM

Re: “In the Spotlight

This article's comments, much like its subject matter, is just chock full of projection!

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Posted by FreedomForMeButNotForThee on 05/04/2015 at 3:41 PM

Re: “In the Spotlight

Two of the world's great mysteries.

1. Why do you think a simple-minded message of anti-capitalist hate is "public art"? It is simple minded crap from simple minded people who think only their ideas matter.

2. You rant about the "ultra-rich" and then vote for their lackey politicians and buy their products and services. You are their slaves. All they do is put "D" for dumb beside the name and you mindlessly vote for them.

I-594 was an anti-gun, anti-civil rights scam funded by six or seven billionaires and you happily did their bidding like good slaves or serfs. Oligarchs command you.

The amazing "Clinton Foundation" has raised TWO billion dollars and used about $131 million of them for any sort of public good. It is the worst scam of a "charity" ever devised and is simply a slush fund for the criminal Clinton family to accept foreign bribes for their evil. And you worship them.

George Soros is a tax cheat who has made billions off his investment in Obama, you adore him and bend to his will like good serfs or peasants the world over.

Costco and Safeway funded the vote to end state run liquor sales and you did their bidding in hopes of cheaper alcohol. In three years Costco will be selling weed in the 5 pound sack for $60 dollars and every dope store in the state will go under. You will vote for it and let yourself get robbed by corporate profiteers.

Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire leftist who demands to regulate soda consumption, gun rights and every other personal habit he feels causes his wage slaves to produce less for his insanely low wages. He throws pennies at imbeciles from the left and they march onto the street and airwaves spouting his wishes.

The "ultra-rich" get richer exploiting the ignorance of the left.

Ask Jeff Immelt, he runs GE and makes $15,000,000 per year selling wind turbines to idiots. He is the head of Obama's "jobs council".

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Posted by Smarter than lefty on 05/04/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “This Old House

Glad that Kathy Olson Marshall chimed in. The flapping rooftop tarps were when many of us assumed the city would intervene. They were a permanent roof replacement for years and the only weather barrier keeping the house from the elements.

Nice that Charlotte nee Pierce, so removed, has expressed her interest in the situation. So. Charlotte, being so supportive needs to put her money where her mouth is. The now-settled estate should handle the fixing. We all understand you and your sibling care about your childhood home. But restoration requires a crew and a timeline. Otherwise, this is a silly exercise in Dreamville. At the expense of a neighborhood in which you don't live. Everyone else here pays their property taxes and maintains their property. The Pierces should be no exception.

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Posted by Cliff Park resident on 05/04/2015 at 10:48 AM

Re: “This Old House

Yes. I lived on the third floor of the apartment home on the south side of the house. Burning garbage, plastic and chemical smoke. The wind whipped up the black plastic and 2x4s so loudly it was impossible to sleep. Rats, mice, raccoons. Henry and his father are perhaps nice people, but consider the dangers...yes, children did climb up the scaffolding. Which was built onto the top of an old VW car, so they could move it. A crazy crazy situation.

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Posted by Kathy Olson Marshall on 05/03/2015 at 8:46 PM

Re: “In the Spotlight

This is actually somewhat amusing. A temporary message cast onto a wall is an issue, while a permanently erected billboard advert is not. Oh America. I guess it's supposed all be about licensing. :) PFD says subject to approval. So they'll be cool with Chamber of Commerce approved messages.

Or, why we need spontaneous public art. "Imagery is subject to approval". OMG.

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Posted by bmm on 05/03/2015 at 6:55 PM

Re: “This Old House

Well since the Pierces have decided to turn comments into a cheering section, I'll add my two cents. I've lived in the neighborhood since the early 80's and neither Charlotte (of Massachusetts) nor Henry III have. Just a few fond memories of the Pierce Manse blight:

Creosote-infused railroad ties being burned for heat in violation of all-manner of law and essentially gassing the rest of us out, prevailing winds. Rotting garbage being chimney-burned regularly once sending at least two adjacent neighbors in search of breathable air to stay w/friends. Resident second-floor raccoons being fed and housed, said raccoons then marauding the neighborhood. One serious chimney fire that looked like it might not be contained. Several others. Scaffolding that ensconced the house for years requiring numerous police calls as kids would climb it at night, house unoccupied. Two-story scaffolding erected atop a car that sat in the alleyway for over ten years, blocking safe fire-escape egress from the adjacent apartments, also historic. Jury-rigged burglar alarms that more than once blared non-stop over weekends while house empty. Vagrants camped in the unsecured garage. Not to mention piles of debris, the visual blight and sadness of it all. Everyone would love to see the place brought back. So either hire a crew and do it Henry, or sell it to someone who can! Talk about pie-in-the-sky thinking. And by the way folks, it's the neighbors who have "hung in there" for a very, very, long time. Despite what Ms. Trautman states to the reporter, she was late to the party. Code enforcement has enabled this situation since complaints started being filed in the early '90's.

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Posted by Cliff Park resident on 05/03/2015 at 5:39 PM

Re: “This Old House

Don't you just love it when people move into a neighborhood, assuming that everyone else will conform to THEIR idea of "perfection"?

Seems like the same mentality, which has led to a majority of marriages failing in America, applies to homes too - just toss it out and get a new one.

The neighbors should be volunteering to help, if they're unhappy with progress!

Hang in there Henry! Thanks for sharing this article with me.

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Posted by Jeff Brodhead on 05/03/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “This Old House

Nice paint job. Do you have a building permit for that fence?

Posted by Jane Schumacher on 05/03/2015 at 4:03 AM

Re: “This Old House

The House is in Spokane, Washington, on the Southill.

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Posted by Henry Pierce on 05/03/2015 at 3:55 AM

Re: “This Old House

I think Henry has done a good job with the house so far. I can't wait to see it when it's done. It's a beautiful house and it would be a shame for it to disappear.

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Posted by Terry Haine on 05/03/2015 at 2:39 AM

Re: “This Old House

Where is this house located?

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Posted by Suzann Beary Riggin Chun on 05/03/2015 at 12:38 AM

Re: “This Old House

Where is this house?

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Posted by Suzann Beary Riggin Chun on 05/03/2015 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Sun Power

I get a charge out of the trolls who keep saying that this is impossible when the Dutch already have SolaRoad bike paths!

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Posted by Trolls are idiots on 05/02/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “This Old House

If anyone has questions about the Historical Pierce Home in this article , please feel free to call Henry Pierce at 509 218 2248.....

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Posted by Henry Pierce on 05/01/2015 at 5:39 PM

Re: “This Old House

"If I knew a nice house would be built there, I wouldn't mind it if it burnt down," says Bleck.

Keep those security cameras on, Henry!

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Posted by Charlotte Pierce on 05/01/2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “This Old House

A daunting task with heritage and vision. Your Grandfather would be proud of you. Stay on it and bring back that old, long forgotten charm that homes lack today.

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Posted by Motorhommie on 05/01/2015 at 7:37 AM

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