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I´ve been a Spokane resident for over ten years now. I remember first arriving to attend Gonzaga, approaching from the east, and seeing the large car scrap yard as I came through the valley. I remember then taking the Division street exit and seeing the homeless individuals panhandling on the various corners. We then checked into the Red Lion hotel at the park, and I remember walking through the park to first explore the city and noticing how beautiful the park was but also how it was falling apart. I remember my father being approached by a homeless woman asking him for cash and my father forking over a $20. I remember him being approached again a block later and having to say he´d given all the cash in his wallet. Approaching from the airport offers one of Spokane´s best introduction views initially. Talking with other first time visitors, Spokane seems to leave the impression that we don´t take care of our own or care about our city. I know this isn´t true. Everywhere I look I see potential. An abandoned sky mall that could be a unique and fun attraction. A park that could be the city´s crown jewel, but which desperately needs some shining. A downtown that needs a deep cleaning. The potential is all there. We just need to seize it.
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