DonBarbieri 
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Re: “Council Seats and Crash Zones

Bill, the Inlander has correctly advised & done a service for Spokane. I chaired GSI & have developed more affordable housing than any GSI member. This is a crazy expenditure by tax payers. Airway Heights should make sure reasonable safety is there for those who choose to build in the flight patterns, regardless of whether it is Fairchild or Boeing or any other 21st century entity that take advantage of the infrastructure in place. But tax payers should not pay & local governments not GSI should control the process. Vote no in my opinion. Spokane County Commissioners do not have the background to direct this process.

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Posted by DonBarbieri on 10/25/2013 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Flying to the Finish

Congratulations Ted
As we live close by, we walk & run your new neighborhood often & love it. Thanks to you and the developers for taking the risk.

Posted by DonBarbieri on 03/31/2013 at 10:48 AM

Re: “A Practical Leader

When I was Chairman of the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce (now GSI) we formed a coalition of regional Chambers including the West Plains (Cheney & Airway Heights), Spokane Valley, Post Falls, Coeur d´Alene & dedicated ourselves to regional quality of life issues that will address our soon to be 700,000 population. That means regional smart leaders working with collaboration on health care, education, transportation & life safety. The Spokane Valley, at the center of this great Metro area needs a leader who can pull people together for our future. Matt Shea fails completely.
I have known Amy Biviano for years and her background as a smart accountant with the great support of her attorney husband puts her solidly as a the smart articulate leader the Valley and our region needs.
I urge you to replace Shea with Biviano. Together our region, across party lines can thrive with sane, smart leaders. Shea has to go....

Posted by DonBarbieri on 10/17/2012 at 6:02 PM

Re: “"Condon's Cash" website slams his "special interests," and is paid for with money from "special interests"

Ha...I wish I had the rounding error of Jim Cowles or Warren Buffit.
But simply said, our community needs to stand up for those who make companies successful and quality of life work for our families. Those who make companies successful are the employees who need access at least equal to those with the most dollars. Those with the highest net worth do not have wisdom by wealth, but only by joining with all their neighbors.
We need to fight for neighborhood access to decision making and quality of life that will really make our city "Near Nature, Near Perfect".
I have lived here all my life and believe our Mayor is a great leader, we should re-elect her and add a new Council President Ben Stuckert whose business and social services are profound !
We should add Joy Jones to the council ...a really smart woman who will make Kendall Yards and the West Central neighborhood succeed as partners.

Posted by DonBarbieri on 10/14/2011 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Designing the U-District

As a planner and developer for 40 plus years in Spokane I´ve been fortunate to have developed dozens of Spokane urban projects from including affordable housing, condominiums, hotels, office buildings, shopping malls.
I can tell you 90% plus of the key careers I have helped grow come from direct mentoring, internships, and workshops where students show their stuff, get confidence and are given a chance to succeed.
From my view having been to many many labs/workshops, design studies at WSU Riverpoint, moving these students will hurt their future, lower their chance to intern effectively and get real world experience.
These urban interactions, and yes also including health care and hospitality students, should be in Spokane.

Posted by DonBarbieri on 08/19/2011 at 3:57 PM

Re: “A Spokane Trolley?

David,
You make the most ridiculous statements. Amazing! Of course we are not Seattle or Portland though I do think we are more closely following Portland in quality of life decisions. But in both of those cities cases, density with less sprawl
and walkable cities with much less public taxes subsidizing sprawl occurred when fixed transit gave residents confidence that the system would be there.
We have a great urban core anchored by relatively dense employers. We have a fabulous growing medical complex with real opportunity for a medical school. Health care is well over 20% of our employment and we serve 2.1 million people in 41 counties surrounding Spokane in health services.
Moving the students and employees without relying on everyone owning a car is smart planning. Encouraging developers like Kendle Yards to build without two car parks per unit means less public cost for roads, more affordable housing and density that attracts enterprise building a reliable tax base.
I really congratulate the citizens who have put time in on this important issue & the electeds who will need to advance it.
Next time you travel to Portland or Seattle, look at their tax base and opportunity for kids to find jobs.
Oh, and I know what you are about to say, I am just a developer who over his career studied urban planning, chaired our chamber, fought for urban affordable housing, built tens of millions of dollars of urban projects, so I don´t have a clue...

Posted by DonBarbieri on 07/21/2011 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Looking Back

You have helped set the bar on our communities quality of life with your journalism Kevin and I hope you continue & challenge each one of us to do our part.
Thanks!

Posted by DonBarbieri on 05/26/2011 at 11:25 AM

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