Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oh so close: Spokane finishes second in Best American Riverfront poll

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

click to enlarge MATT WEIGAND
Matt Weigand

After more than a month of voting, and a tight race to the finish, Spokane ended up in second place in USA Today's "Best American Riverfront" poll.

Wilmington, N.C., held off the Lilac City to take the top spot. In its write-up about the winning city, USA Today noted what we mentioned last week — Wilmington is really more of a coastal city than a river city: "Because Wilmington is associated with the many barrier island destinations for which it serves as a gateway - Wrightsville Beach chief among them - the public often forgets it's actually a river city."

Exactly. But whatever.   

The top 10 ended up looking like this:
  1. Wilmington, N.C.
  2. Spokane
  3. Davenport, Iowa
  4. Dubuque, Iowa
  5. Pittsburgh, Pa. 
  6. Louisville, Ky.
  7. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  8. Savannah, Ga.
  9. Detroit, Mich. 
  10. Richmond, Va.

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Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...