Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

The people, places and moments that defined and shaped the Inland Northwest's distinct neighborhoods
The places we live define us as much as we, the residents, define them. Some of us deliberately choose these spots we call home, while others, for myriad reasons, have little choice.

NORTH HILL

An influx of creativity and businesses has this Northside neighborhood looking good
When it comes to neighborhood tour guides, you can't beat David Jacobs. The 57-year-old artist moved to North Hill three years ago, attracted by the close-knit community vibe, and particularly the artistic bent of Garland Avenue.

LATAH / HANGMAN VALLEY

Two names and a community bridging new and old
People have been living on the floor of the Latah Valley since long before it was part of Spokane, yet this part of the city, boxed in by steep hills on each side, is often overlooked unless you're watching it fly by out your car window while heading down Highway 195 toward Pullman. As the crow flies, it's less than a mile from dense South Hill neighborhoods.

LINCOLN HEIGHTS

Beyond the Village lies quirky local businesses, beautiful vistas and one spooky story
For many, the image of Lincoln Heights is irrevocably tied to the shopping center that shares its namesake. When Trader Joe's opened its doors there in 2011, its adjoining businesses were given facelifts.

CLIFF-CANNON

One historic lower South Hill area works to protect its scene and neighborhood feel
One must pay attention when walking these sidewalks. The old deciduous tree roots want to break free, and the concrete is often uneven.

BROWNE'S ADDITION

Spokane's oldest neighborhood has everything — old and new homes, wild and wise people, diverse businesses and a park in the middle tying it all together
Mary Moltke was standing on the back porch of her Queen Anne-style Browne's Addition home — Roberts Mansion — when a plate torpedoed out the third-floor window of the house directly behind her. It shattered on the ground below.

PEACEFUL VALLEY

This historic strip along the river is loved by residents for its eclectic and rustic charm
Along the rutted and narrow Wilson Avenue, whose historic residences press up against the lushly treed hillside below Riverside Avenue, the cars rolling over the Maple Street Bridge roar from above, amplified by the slope. Du-dum, du-dum, du-dum, the tires of thousands of vehicles drum in rhythm over the bridge's expansion joints.

WEST CENTRAL

The old and new come together in a neighborhood on the rise
West Central began its life as a neighborhood in 1887, when it was platted for Nettleton's Addition. Since then, its growth has mirrored much of the country.

EAST CENTRAL

Decades after being torn in half, East Central is poised for change
As Michael Brown passes by Larry's Barber Shop on Fifth Avenue, a man approaches from behind. He holds a plastic grocery bag in one hand and a bottle of soda in the other.

CHIEF GARRY PARK

In the heart of the city, with a blooming present and a bountiful future
Cassano's Grocery & Mission Bistro has been in business for almost 100 years, but relocated to Chief Garry in 2009, taking the spot of another beloved Italian grocery, Piccolo's Market. The 1940s storefront is the quintessential image that springs to mind when thinking of Chief Garry, and it's perhaps the best known business in the area.

MIDTOWN, COEUR D'ALENE

More than just a pass-through on the way to the Lake, Midtown offers a place to live, work and play
Some neighborhoods are easier to define than others. Coeur d'Alene's Sanders Beach, for example, is the sweet-cream center of the doughnut formed by Lake Coeur d'Alene, Tubbs Hill and the Resort Golf Course.

FORT RUSSELL DISTRICT, MOSCOW

The most cohesive and lovely residential district in Idaho abounds with history
Stepping through the formal parlor of the 130-year-old mansion, retired architecture professor Nels Reese admires the high ceilings, delicate woodwork and slender stairway. McConnell Mansion, an elegant estate in the Fort Russell Historical District of northeast Moscow, endures as a mausoleum to the city's bygone ambition.

Behind Locked Doors

A suicide inside Eastern State Hospital raises questions about care and transparency
Harry Maier hasn't opened these envelopes yet. They've been sitting on his living room table since the funeral.

Train Tax?

Spokane voters will consider fines on oil and coal trains on November's ballot
When City Council President Ben Stuckart spoke Monday in support of putting a proposition on the November ballot to charge railroad companies a $261 per-car fine for sending oil and coal trains through Spokane, he showcased slide after slide of the devastation that oil-train derailments have wrought. They showed scenes of fires, deaths and environmental contamination.

Battle from Both Sides

The newest Spokane County commissioner faces a challenge from the left and — perhaps unexpectedly — from the right
In February, Nancy McLaughlin walked up in front of Spokane GOP precinct officers holding a Bible, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and dolls of a baby and horse. On this day, her conservative values would not be questioned.

Crash > Click > Cash

Lawyers and chiropractors already have your name, your address and the police report from your car accident — and they want you to hire them
Lacey Hendrix never told attorney Craig Swapp about the accident. She'd never met him.

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