• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 8-14, 2001
  • Vol. 8, No. 21

News & Comment

  • Free parking 10/16/96

    Here comes the & quot;public & quot; part of that & quot;public-private partnership & quot; we've been hearing so much about since the plan for a new Nordstrom in downtown Spokane surfaced more than a year ago. Following a script written in San Francisco an
  • Another perspective

    I am a private investor and partner in Northwest Angel Investors, LLC. For the past several years, I have invested in startup companies in Seattle, Silicon Valley and Spokane. Recently, I co-founded Translation Technologies, Inc. (
  • Wall St. vs. Main St. 01/13/99

    Fax machines around the city were buzzing on Friday after The Wall Street Journal published its highly anticipated report on Spokane's attempt to use a loan from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to leve
  • Legal Meltdown 05/04/00

    In the aftermath of last Wednesday night's special City Council meeting, many are wondering when the lawsuits surrounding the River Park Square parking garage will start to fly. And while it's safe to say that the City Counci
  • Diligence or negligence? 02/17/00

    & quot;I think the council really has exercised honest and forthright due diligence. & quot; That's how, in January, 1997, then-Mayor Jack Geraghty described the events that led up to the city's decision to participate as a partner in
  • SIRTI makes a difference

    Last week's commentary ("An un-SIRTI future" by Robert Herold) made a case for "pulling the plug on a concept that just never took off." The concept, as stated by the author, was the idea that "SIRTI be a 'place' where our several un
  • Tell it to the judge 07/27/00

    The saga of River Park Square's disastrous parking garage has always been much simpler to understand than it might appear. It's the same story that was clear for anyone to see as far back as October, 1996, when officials w
  • Diligence Or Negligence? 02/17/00

    & quot;I think the council really has exercised honest and forthright due diligence. & quot; That's how, in January, 1997, then-Mayor Jack Geraghty described the events that led up to the city's decision to participate as a partn
  • Free Parking 10/16/96

    Here comes the & quot;public & quot; part of that & quot;public-private partnership & quot; we've been hearing so much about since the plan for a new Nordstrom in downtown Spokane surfaced more than a year ago. Following a script written in San Franci
  • Crunch time downtown 12/24/96

    In early October, the developers planning to renovate River Park Square -- and in the process, they say, revitalize downtown Spokane -- were only a few days and one public meeting away from the city joining them in a public-private p
  • Wall St. Vs. Main St. 01/13/99

    Fax machines around the city were buzzing on Friday after The Wall Street Journal published its highly anticipated report on Spokane's attempt to use a loan from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) t
  • State of emergency 01/20/97

    Spokane City Council members are breathing easier since voting to back the public-private partnership with River Park Square's developers. It's hard to remember a council under more pressure than this one: if they didn't
  • Fame by any means

    The title refers -- quite blatantly -- to that Andy Warhol business about everyone being famous for that allotted amount of time. But the film is much more concerned with America's fascination with fame and how far the media will go to
  • Crunch Time Downtown 12/24/96

    In early October, the developers planning to renovate River Park Square -- and in the process, they say, revitalize downtown Spokane -- were only a few days and one public meeting away from the city joining them in a public-pri
  • Confidence crisis 01/21/98

    The recent spectacle surrounding the public-private revitalization of downtown Spokane is cause for worry to anyone who cares about the future of the city's core. With a hole dug in the ground and entering the home stret
  • Tell It To The Judge 07/27/00

    The saga of River Park Square's disastrous parking garage has always been much simpler to understand than it might appear. It's the same story that was clear for anyone to see as far back as October, 1996, when offic
  • Power's play 02/15/01

    CFOG was wrong about John Powers. At least that's how it looks now that Powers has taken a hard line on the River Park Square parking garage mess. Contributors to the political action committee Citizens for Fair and Open Government
  • In the ape's footsteps

    Daniel Quinn's new book After Dachau is, on almost every level, a conundrum. Which is not surprising considering that Quinn, author of the bestselling novels Ishmael, The Story of B and My Ishmael, fashions novels with a near-So
  • Confidence Crisis 01/21/98

    The recent spectacle surrounding the public-private revitalization of downtown Spokane is cause for worry to anyone who cares about the future of the city's core. With a hole dug in the ground and entering the home
  • State Of Emergency 01/20/97

    Spokane City Council members are breathing easier since voting to back the public-private partnership with River Park Square's developers. It's hard to remember a council under more pressure than this one: if they
  • Over the brink 03/23/00

    If the controversy surrounding the River Park Square parking garage was a war, it would be the Cold War. Superpowers on either side of the issue have the ability to trigger mutually assured destruction, with downtown Spokane as gro
  • A not-so-blank canvas

    People refer to this serious comedy as the play about the white painting, but it's really about friendship. Especially the world of conventional, heterosexual male friendship, in which everything's often a competition, third par
  • A Clean Slate 12/10/97

    Visitors to downtown Spokane can't miss the fact that the River Park Square project appears to be moving ahead. The block that housed Rainier Bank, Payless, The Gap, Anderson and Emami and others over its brief 23 years has been br
  • Power's Play 02/15/01

    CFOG was wrong about John Powers. At least that's how it looks now that Powers has taken a hard line on the River Park Square parking garage mess. Contributors to the political action committee Citizens for Fair and Open Gove
  • Legal meltdown 05/04/00

    In the aftermath of last Wednesday night's special City Council meeting, many are wondering when the lawsuits surrounding the River Park Square parking garage will start to fly. And while it's safe to say that the City Council's de
  • Letters to the Editor

    This region needs more university research, to be sure. That's why the community has supported efforts by EWU and WSU to get the authority and f
  • Who runs Spokane? 03/03/99

    Anybody who has lived in Spokane very long knows what we're talking about when we refer to & quot;the establishment, & quot; & quot;the elite & quot; or the & quot;downtown power structure. & quot; Whatever you call it, there's a strong perception that the streets of do
  • Over The Brink 03/23/00

    If the controversy surrounding the River Park Square parking garage was a war, it would be the Cold War. Superpowers on either side of the issue have the ability to trigger mutually assured destruction, with downtown Spokane
  • The palace of Louis II

    With the revitalization fervor sweeping through downtown Spokane of late (the Fox Theater, the City Terminal District, the developments along West Main, etc.), it was, until recently, easy to overlook the most ambitious and exciti
  • CD Review - Dave Matthews Band

    When Dave Matthews Band fans heard that producer Steve Lillywhite was out for the band's fourth CD, they were probably a little worried. After all, if it ain't broke... well, you know. Lillywhite helped DMB create one of th
  • Sinking the salmon

    Under the best of circumstances, the life of a Pacific Northwest salmon is no picnic. A trip down the Columbia and Snake rivers to the ocean for juvenile salmon is often fraught with obstacles, be they the dams that loom into v
  • Local briefs

    COEUR D'ALENE -- Residents will have the opportunity to help shape the future of the city by sharing their ideas at a series of community meetings. These ideas will be combined to form the Coeur d'Alene 2020 Strategic Plan. "We're collec
  • Fighting for the Fox

    The phrase "debutante with a dirty face" is often used to describe the Southern-gothic city of Savannah, but it applies just as well to Spokane's splendid but battered Fox Theater.
  • A place in history

    The Fix the Fox campaign is being waged publicly with a certain amount of fanfare. Meanwhile, another Fox-related campaign is being conducted on the relative lowdown. That's the effort to get the building placed onto the Nation
  • Flamethrower

    From the way JOHN BATES sounds over the phone, you'd never guess that this guy would be capable of the raucous, hair-raising, spine-tingling, flame-throwing brand of rock and roll for which he is known. He's polite and articulate
  • Desert Island Discs

    Being stuck on a desert island with my five favorite discs? Sounds like paradise to me. The first CD is my personal favorite, No Need To Argue, by The Cranberries. I can listen to Dolores' angelic voice for days on end. The way she

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